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Percents Word Problems Practice Questions Set 1

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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. A pair of pants costs $24. The cost was reduced by 8%. What is the new cost of the pants?
    1. $25.92
    2. $21.06
    3. $22.08
    4. $16.00
  2. Michael scored 260 points during his junior year on the school basketball team. He scored 25% more points during his senior year. How many points did he score during his senior year?
    1. 195
    2. 65
    3. 325
    4. 345
  3. Brian is a real estate agent. He makes a 2.5% commission on each sale. During the month of June he sold three houses. The houses sold for $153,000, $399,000, and $221,000. What was Brian's total commission on these three sales?
    1. $193,250
    2. $11,460
    3. $3,825
    4. $19,325
  4. Cory purchased a frying pan that was on sale for 30% off. She saved $3.75 with the sale. What was the original price of the frying pan?
    1. $10.90
    2. $9.25
    3. $12.50
    4. $11.25
  5. Peter purchased 14 new baseball cards for his collection. This increased the size of his collection by 35%. How many baseball cards does Peter now have?
    1. 5
    2. 54
    3. 40
    4. 34
  6. Joey has 30 pages to read for history class tonight. He decided that he would take a break when he finished reading 70% of the pages assigned. How many pages must he read before he takes a break?
    1. 7
    2. 21
    3. 9
    4. 18
  7. Julie had $500. She spent 20% of it on clothes and then 35% of the remaining money on computer equipment. How much money did Julie spend?
    1. $275
    2. $300
    3. $240
    4. $250
  8. Nick paid $68.25 for a coat, including sales tax of 5%. What was the original price of the coat before tax?
    1. $63.25
    2. $65.25
    3. $65.00
    4. $64.84
  9. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2% today. The Dow began the day at 10,600. What was the Dow at the end of the day after the 2% drop?
    1. 10,400
    2. 10,812
    3. 10,388
    4. 7,800
  10. The population of Hamden was 350,000 in 1990. By 2000, the population had decreased to 329,000. What percent of decrease is this?
    1. 16%
    2. 7.5%
    3. 6%
    4. 6.4%
  11. Connecticut state sales tax is 6%. Lucy purchases a picture frame that costs $10.50. What is the Connecticut sales tax on this item?
    1. $0.60
    2. $6.30
    3. $0.63
    4. $1.05
  12. Wendy brought $15 to the mall. She spent $6 on lunch. What percent of her money did she spend on lunch?
    1. 60%
    2. 40%
    3. 37%
    4. 33.3%
  13. Donald sold $5,250 worth of new insurance policies last month. If he receives a commission of 7% on new policies, how much did Donald earn in commissions last month?
    1. $4,882.50
    2. $367.50
    3. $3,675.00
    4. $263.00
  14. Kara borrowed $3,650 for one year at an annual interest rate of 16%. How much did Kara pay in interest?
    1. $1,168.00
    2. $584.00
    3. $4,234.00
    4. $168.00
  15. Rebecca is 12.5% taller than Debbie. Debbie is 64 inches tall. How tall is Rebecca?
    1. 42 inches
    2. 8 inches
    3. 56 inches
    4. 72 inches
  16. Kyra receives a 5% commission on every car she sells. She received a $1,325 commission on the last car she sold. What was the cost of the car?
    1. $26,500.00
    2. $66.25
    3. $27,825.00
    4. $16,250.00
  17. A tent originally sold for $260 and has been marked down to $208. What is the percent of discount?
    1. 20%
    2. 25%
    3. 52%
    4. 18%
  18. The football boosters club had 80 T-shirts made to sell at football games. By mid-October, they had only 12 left. What percent of the shirts had been sold?
    1. 85%
    2. 15%
    3. 60%
    4. 40%
  19. A printer that sells for $190 is on sale for 15% off. What is the sale price of the printer?
    1. $161.50
    2. $175.00
    3. $140.50
    4. $156.50
  20. What is 19% of 26?
    1. 21.06
    2. 4.94
    3. 19
    4. 5
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