sandy wrote:

----------------------------------------

Ms. Smith got an 8 percent cost of living raise of $20 per week.

Column A: Ms. Smith's new weekly salary

Column B: $ 260

-----------------------------------------

Notice that $20 is equivalent to an 8% raise.

Let x = Ms. Smith's ORIGINAL earnings per week.

This means that 8% of x = 20

In other words, 0.08x = 20

So, x = 20/0.08

= 250

So, Ms. Smith's ORIGINALLY earned $250/week

With her $20 raise, her new weekly salary = $250 + $20 =

$270So, we have...

Column A:

$270Column B: $ 260

Answer:

Cheers,

Brent

_________________

Brent Hanneson – Creator of greenlighttestprep.com

Sign up for our free GRE Question of the Day emails