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# ETS PBT -#48

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26 Mar 2005, 20:37
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The qtn seems straightforward but my answer doesnt seem to match.........
Am I missing something...

The employees of smith enterprises recd wage increase from 30 cents to 871/2 cents per hour. What was the minimum wage increase for a 40 hour week?

(A) \$12
(B) \$23
(C) \$ 34.80
(D) \$ 35
(E) \$35.20

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26 Mar 2005, 20:47
I is not so clear in fact, it doesn't say if the salary before was 30 cents and now it's 871/2 cents OR if there was an increase of wages and the minimum increase you could get was 30 cents whereas the maximum was 871/2 cents.

I think that the problem is using the 2nd way, so the minimum increase you could get per hour was 30 cents so if you work 40h you would get 30*40 = 1200 cents = 12\$ more than before

In my opinion it's answer A.

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26 Mar 2005, 22:07
i couldnot find anything. it should be A.

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27 Mar 2005, 09:24

Per hour wages after increase : 871/2 = 435.5 cents /hour
Per hour wages before increase : 435.5 - 30 = 405.5/hour

40 * 435.5 / 100 = \$174.2
40 * 405.5 /100 = \$162.2

Difference = \$12

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27 Mar 2005, 15:17
Yes, Even I got A but OA is D.....

The sum looks quite simple unless ofcourse I am missing out on asomething important.....

Any more inputs

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27 Mar 2005, 16:55
would have picked A on the test.

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27 Mar 2005, 23:41
swath20 wrote:
Yes, Even I got A but OA is D.....The sum looks quite simple unless ofcourse I am missing out on asomething important.....Any more inputs

there are some questions that look like simple but have hidden assumptions. if so, then only D can be the OA.

I believe moderators are also working on it.

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28 Mar 2005, 07:22
MA wrote:
swath20 wrote:
Yes, Even I got A but OA is D.....The sum looks quite simple unless ofcourse I am missing out on asomething important.....Any more inputs

there are some questions that look like simple but have hidden assumptions. if so, then only D can be the OA.

I believe moderators are also working on it.

Good point MA< but are we in fact expected to make these underlying assumptions on the test? Most study guides tell you not to assume and just work wiht the information given.

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28 Mar 2005, 09:19
Looks to me that it is a typo/mistake in the question. If instead of "minimum" it asks for the "maximum", then you'd get \$35 per week using \$0.875 per hour.

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28 Mar 2005, 09:19
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# ETS PBT -#48

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