# Basic Algebra: Practice Questions GIC Exam

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1. The sales price of a car is \$ 12,590, which is 20 % off the original price. What is the original price?
1. \$ 14,310.40
2. \$ 14,990.90
3. \$ 15,290.70
4. \$ 15,737.50
5. \$ 16,935.80

Answer: d

2. Solve the following equation for A: 2A/3 = 8 + 4A
1. -2.4
2. 2.4
3. 1.3
4. -1.3
5. 0

Answer: a

3. If Lee is 6 years older than her sister, Sue, and John is 5 years older than Lee, and the total of their ages is 41. Then how old is Sue?
1. 8
2. 10
3. 14
4. 19
5. 21

Answer: a

4. Alita wants to invest \$ 4,000 at 6 % simple interest rate for 5 years. How much interest will he receive?
1. \$ 240
2. \$ 480
3. \$ 720
4. \$ 960
5. \$ 1,200

Answer: e

5. Jim is able to sell a hand-carved statue for \$ 670 which was a 35 % profit over his cost. How much did the statue originally cost him?
1. \$ 496.30
2. \$ 512.40
3. \$ 555.40
4. \$ 574.90
5. \$ 588.20

Answer: a

6. The city council has decided to add a 0.3 % tax on motel and hotel rooms. If a traveler spends the night in a motel room that costs \$ 55 before taxes, how much will the city receive in taxes from him?
1. 10 cents
2. 11 cents
3. 15 cents
4. 17 cents
5. 21 cents

Answer: d

7. If Lily can type a page in p minutes, what piece of the page can she do in 5 minutes?
1. 5/p
2. p − 5
3. p + 5
4. p/5
5. 1 − p + 5

Answer: a

8. If Larry can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?
1. 2 hours and 24 minutes
2. 3 hours and 12 minutes
3. 3 hours and 44 minutes
4. 4 hours and 10 minutes
5. 4 hours and 33 minutes

Answer: a

9. Employees of a discount appliance store receive an additional 20 % off of the lowest price on an item. If an employee purchases a dishwasher during a 15 % off sale, how much will he pay if the dishwasher originally cost \$ 450?
1. \$ 280.90
2. \$ 287
3. \$ 292.50
4. \$ 306
5. \$ 333.89

Answer: d

10. A student receives his grade report from a local community college, but the GPA is smudged. He took the following classes: a 2 hour credit art, a 3 hour credit history, a 4 hour credit science course, a 3 hour credit mathematics course, and a 1 hour science lab. He received a B in the art class, an A in the history class, a C in the science class, a B in the mathematics class, and an A in the science lab. What was his GPA if the letter grades are based on a 4 point scale (A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0) ?
1. 2.7
2. 2.8
3. 3.0
4. 3.1
5. 3.2

Answer: c

11. Ben arrived at work at 8: 15 A. M. And left work at 10: 30 P. M. If Ben gets paid by the hour at a rate of \$ 10 and time and for any hours worked over 8 in a day. How much did Ben get paid?
1. \$ 120.25
2. \$ 160.75
3. \$ 173.75
4. \$ 180
5. \$ 182.50

Answer: c

12. Lily worked 22 hours this week and made \$ 132. If she works 15 hours next week at the same pay rate, how much will she make?
1. \$ 57
2. \$ 90
3. \$ 104
4. \$ 112
5. \$ 122

Answer: b

13. If 8x + 5x + 2x + 4x = 114, the 5x + 3 =
1. 12
2. 25
3. 33
4. 47
5. 86

Answer: c

14. You need to purchase a textbook for MBA school. The book cost \$ 80.00, and the sales tax where you are purchasing the book is 8.25 % . You have \$ 100. How much change will you receive back?
1. \$ 5.20
2. \$ 7.35
3. \$ 13.40
4. \$ 19.95
5. \$ 21.25

Answer: c

15. You purchase a car making a down payment of \$ 3,000 and 6 monthly payments of \$ 225. How much have you paid so far for the car?
1. \$ 3225
2. \$ 4350
3. \$ 5375
4. \$ 6550
5. \$ 6398

Answer: b

16. Grace has 16 apples in her pocket. She has 8 red ones, 4 green ones, and 4 blue ones. What is the minimum number of apples she must take out of her pocket to ensure that she has one of each color?
1. 4
2. 8
3. 12
4. 13
5. 16

Answer: d

17. If r = 5 z then 15 z = 3 y, then r =
1. y
2. 2 y
3. 5 y
4. 10 y
5. 15 y

Answer: a

18. If 300 apples cost you x dollars. How many apples can you purchase for 50 cents at the same rate?
1. N/A
2. 150x
3. 6x
4. N/A
5. 1500x

Answer: a

19. Your supervisor instructs you to purchase 240 pens and 6 staplers for the nurse՚s station. Pens are purchase in sets of 6 for \$ 2.35 per pack. Staplers are sold in sets of 2 for 12.95. How much will purchasing these products cost?
1. \$ 132.85
2. \$ 145.75
3. \$ 162.90
4. \$ 225.25
5. \$ 226.75

Answer: a

20. If y = 3, then y3 (y3 − y) =
1. 300
2. 459
3. 648
4. 999
5. 1099

Answer: c

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