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Percents Word Problems Practice Questions Set 3

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Percents Word Problems

Percentages have many everyday uses, from figuring out the tip in restaurant to understanding interest rates. This set of practice problems will give you practice in solving word problems that involve percents.

  1. Mr. Pelicas took his family out to dinner. The bill was $65.00. He would like to leave a 17% tip. How much should he leave?
    1. $17
    2. $3.25
    3. $11.05
    4. $16.25
  2. The Daily News reported that 54% of people surveyed said that they would vote for Larry Salva for mayor. Based on the survey results, if 23,500 people vote in the election, how many people are expected to vote for Mr. Salva?
    1. 12,690
    2. 4,350
    3. 10,810
    4. 18,100
  3. Bikes are on sale for 30% off the original price. What percent of the original price will the customer pay if he gets the bike at the sale price?
    1. 130%
    2. 60%
    3. 70%
    4. 97%
  4. A pair of mittens has been discounted 13.5%. The original price of the mittens was $10. What is the new price?
    1. $8.80
    2. $8.65
    3. $7.50
    4. $9.87
  5. John's youth group is trying to raise $1,500 at a car wash. So far, they have raised $525. What percent of their goal have they raised?
    1. 35%
    2. 52%
    3. 3%
    4. 28%
  6. The freshman class is participating in a fundraiser. Their goal is to raise $5,000. After the first two days of the fundraiser, they have raised 32% of their goal. How many dollars did they raise the first two days?
    1. $160
    2. $32
    3. $1,600
    4. $3,400
  7. 1,152 out of 3,600 people surveyed said that they work more than 40 hours per week. What percent of the people surveyed said that they work more than 40 hours per week?
    1. 32%
    2. 3.1%
    3. 40%
    4. 24%
  8. Peter was 60 inches tall on his thirteenth birthday. By the time he turned 15, his height had increased 15%. How tall was Peter when he turned 15?
    1. 75 inches
    2. 69 inches
    3. 72 inches
    4. 71 inches
  9. Laura paid $17 for a pair of jeans. The ticketed price was 20% off the original price plus the sign on the rack said, "Take an additional 15% off the ticketed price." What was the original price of the jeans?
    1. $30
    2. $28
    3. $25
    4. $21
  10. The 6% sales tax on a basket was $0.72. What was the price of the basket?
    1. $12
    2. $43.20
    3. $17
    4. $24.50
  11. What percent of the figure below is shaded?

      Percents

    1. 50%
    2. 65%
    3. 75%
    4. 80%
  12. Melisa and Jennifer threw a fiftieth birthday party for their father at a local restaurant. When the bill came, Melisa added a 15% tip of $42. Jennifer said that the service was wonderful and they should leave a 20% tip instead. How much is a 20% tip?
    1. $56
    2. $45
    3. $47
    4. $60
  13. The Hamden Town Manager wants to know what percent of the snow removal budget has already been spent. The budget for snow removal is $130,000. It has been an exceptionally snowy year, and they have already spent $100,000 for snow removal. What percent of the budget has already been spent? (round to the nearest percent)
    1. 30%
    2. 70%
    3. 72%
    4. 77%
  14. A real estate agent makes a 1.5% commission on her sales. What is her commission if she sells a $359,000 house?
    1. $53,850
    2. $5,385
    3. $23,933
    4. $1,500
  15. The manager of a specialty store marks up imported products 110%. If a vase imported from Italy costs him $42, what price tag will he put on the item?
    1. $84
    2. $83.50
    3. $65
    4. $88.20
  16. Michelle purchased a vacation home with her sisters. Michelle has $125,000 invested in the property, which is worth $400,000. What percent of the property does Michelle own?
    1. 3.2%
    2. 43%
    3. 31.25%
    4. 26.5%
  17. Kyra's weekly wages are $895. A Social Security tax of 7.51% and a State Disability Insurance of 1.2% are taken out of her wages. What is her weekly paycheck, assuming there are no other deductions?
    1. $827.79
    2. $884.26
    3. $962.21
    4. $817.05
  18. Oscar's Oil Company gives customers a 5% discount if they pay their bill within 10 days. The Stevens' oil bill is $178. How much do they save if they pay the bill within 10 days?
    1. $8.90
    2. $5.00
    3. $17.80
    4. $14.60
  19. Josephine is on an 1,800 calorie per day diet. She tries to keep her intake of fat to no more than 30% of her total calories. Based on an 1,800 calorie a day diet, what is the maximum number of calories that Josephine should consume from fats per day to stay within her goal?
    1. 600
    2. 640
    3. 580
    4. 540
  20. A family may deduct 24% of their childcare expenses from their income tax owed. If a family had $1,345 in childcare expenses, how much can they deduct?
    1. $1,022.20
    2. $345.00
    3. $322.80
    4. $789.70
  21. A factory that is working at 90% capacity is shipping 450 cars per week. If the factory works at 100% capacity, how many cars can it ship per week?
    1. 650
    2. 500
    3. 495
    4. 405
  22. Sales increased by only % last month. If the sales from the previous month were $152,850, what were last month's sales?
    1. $229,275.00
    2. $153,614.25
    3. $152,849.05
    4. $151,397.92
  23. Laura is planning her wedding. She expects 220 people to attend the wedding, but she has been told that approximately 5% typically don't show. About how many people should she expect not to show?
    1. 46
    2. 5
    3. 11
    4. 23
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