Supposedly simple math SAT problem

Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: October 2003 Archive: Supposedly simple math SAT problem
 By Gogeta (Gogeta) on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 09:44 pm: Edit

#1 Section 4 of Nov 95:

A \$100 coat was bought on sale for \$85
A. The % reduction on the price of the coat for teh sale
B. A percent reduction of 85%

It's one of the Quantitive comparisions

The answer is B, but why?

 By Neo (Neo) on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 09:49 pm: Edit

A is 15, because it's a 15% reduction. (100-85)

B is 85, because it's an 85% reduction.

B is greater.

They're asking for which percent value of reduction is greater. In this case, a reduction of .85 is greater than a reduction of .15 . Perhaps you were comparing the reduced prices of the coat when it was 15 percent off vs. when it was 85 percent off.

 By Doofus (Doofus) on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 10:11 pm: Edit

weird question

 By Gogeta (Gogeta) on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 10:14 pm: Edit

I'm kinda confused, so a percent reduction of 100% is 100?

Thanks

 By Jason817 (Jason817) on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 10:43 pm: Edit

in this case, yes.

So "a percent reduction of 50%" translates to "a reduction of \$50" in this case.

 By Whatever17 (Whatever17) on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 01:18 am: Edit

if you look closely at the SAT math problems...they're sooo easy. If we had 10 extra minutes on each section, I know we'd all do a lot better. The only thing i hate about them is how the questions are worded. Sometimes, the easiest problems, such as this one, makes you think twice just because of the way it is presented to you.