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Percents Word Problems Practice Questions Set 2

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Updated on Sep 26, 2011

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. There are 81 women teachers at Russell High. If 45% of the teachers in the school are women, how many teachers are there at Russell High?
    1. 180
    2. 36
    3. 165
    4. 205
  2. Kim is a medical supplies salesperson. Each month she receives a 5% commission on all her sales of medical supplies up to $20,000 and 8.5% on her total sales over $20,000. Her total commission for May was $3,975. What were her sales for the month of May?
    1. $79,500
    2. $64,250
    3. $46,764
    4. $55,000
  3. In the school play, 64% of the students are boys. If there are 75 students in the play, how many are boys?
    1. 64
    2. 45
    3. 27
    4. 48
  4. Christie purchased a scarf marked $15.50 and gloves marked $5.50. Both items were on sale for 20% off the marked price. Christie paid 5% sales tax on her purchase. How much did she spend?
    1. $25.20
    2. $16.80
    3. $26.46
    4. $17.64
  5. Last year, a math textbook cost $54. This year the cost is 107% of what it was last year. What is this year's cost?
    1. $59.78
    2. $57.78
    3. $61.00
    4. $50.22
  6. Larry earned $32,000 per year. Then he received a 3% raise. What is Larry's salary after the raise?
    1. $33,040
    2. $35,000
    3. $32,140
    4. $32,960
  7. Bill spent 50% of his savings on school supplies, then he spent 50% of what was left on lunch. If he had $8 left after lunch, how much did he have in savings at the beginning?
    1. $32
    2. $16
    3. $30
    4. $18
  8. A coat that costs $72 is marked up 22%. What is the new price of the coat?
    1. $78.22
    2. $96.14
    3. $56.16
    4. $87.84
  9. Kristen earns $550 each week after taxes. She deposits 10% of her income in a savings account and 7% in a retirement fund. How much does Kristen have left after the money is taken out for her savings account and retirement fund?
    1. $505.25
    2. $435.50
    3. $533.00
    4. $456.50
  10. Coastal Cable had 1,440,000 customers in January of 2002. During the first half of 2002 the company launched a huge advertising campaign. By the end of 2002 they had 1,800,000 customers. What is the percent of increase?
    1. 36%
    2. 21%
    3. 20%
    4. 25%
  11. The price of heating oil rose from $1.70 per gallon to $2.38 per gallon. What is the percent of increase?
    1. 40%
    2. 33%
    3. 29%
    4. 38%
  12. 450 girls were surveyed about their favorite sport: 24% said that basketball is their favorite sport, 13% said that ice hockey is their favorite sport, and 41% said that softball is their favorite sport. The remaining girls said that field hockey is their favorite sport. What percent of the girls surveyed said that field hockey is their favorite sport?
    1. 37%
    2. 22%
    3. 78%
    4. 35%
  13. At Yale New Haven Hospital, 25% of babies born weigh less than 6 pounds and 78% weigh less than 8.5 pounds. What percent of the babies born at Yale New Haven Hospital weigh between 6 and 8.5 pounds?
    1. 22%
    2. 24%
    3. 53%
    4. 2.5%
  14. An $80.00 coat is marked down 20%. It does not sell, so the shop owner marks it down an additional 15%. What is the new price of the coat?
    1. $64.00
    2. $68.60
    3. $52.00
    4. $54.40
  15. of the soda purchased at the football game was cola. What percentage of the soda purchased was cola?
    1. 60%
    2. 40%
    3. 30%
    4. 70%
  16. In a recent survey of 700 people, 18% said that red was their favorite color. How many people said that red was their favorite color?
    1. 18
    2. 88
    3. 125
    4. 126
  17. In Kimmi's fourth grade class, 8 out of the 20 students walk to school. What percent of the students in her class walk to school?
    1. 40%
    2. 50%
    3. 45%
    4. 35%
  18. In Daniel's fifth grade class, 37.5% of the 24 students walk to school. Onethird of the walkers got a ride to school today from their parents. How many walkers got a ride to school from their parents today?
    1. 9
    2. 12
    3. 2
    4. 3
  19. Lindsay purchased a pocketbook for $45 and a pair of shoes for $55. The sales tax on the items was 6%. How much sales tax did she pay?
    1. $2.70
    2. $3.30
    3. $6.00
    4. $6.60
  20. Wendy bought a book and the sales tax on the book was $2.12. If the sales tax is 8%, what was the price of the book?
    1. $26.50
    2. $16.96
    3. $24.76
    4. $265.00
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