Hi All,

This question can be solved by TESTing THE ANSWERS.

We're told that Macey is THREE TIMES as old as Mike. We're then told that, in 8 years, Macey will be TWICE as old as Mike. We're asked how old Macey was 3 YEARS AGO.

The answer choices to this question are all INTEGERS. Since Macey is NOW three times as old as Mike, her age is almost certainly going to be a multiple of 3. We're asked for her ago 3 YEARS AGO and THAT number will also be a multiple of 3 (since subtracting a multiple of 3 from another multiple of 3 will give us a multiple of 3). This is all meant to say that the correct answer is probably Answer C, D or E.

Let's TEST Answer D: 24

IF... Macey was 24 3 years ago....

Macey is now 27

Mike is now 9

In 8 years....

Macey will be 35

Mike will be 17

While that's fairly 'close' to what we're looking for, it is NOT correct (Macey is supposed to be TWICE Mike's age). Since we're close though, the correct answer is probably close to 24....

Let's TEST Answer C: 21

IF... Macey was 21 3 years ago....

Macey is now 24

Mike is now 8

In 8 years....

Macey will be 32

Mike will be 16

Since 32 is twice 16, this is a MATCH for what we were looking for, so this MUST be the correct answer.

Final Answer:

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