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Answer Explanation for Wonderlic Test Question 3

**Alex Hollis**, Founder & Wonderlic Expert, Beat the Wonderlic

April 5, 2017

The following is an explanation for **QUESTION 3** from our Free Wonderlic Test. The strategy listed below is just one of many from my online course, which has helped thousands of people beat their Wonderlic test and land their dream job.

3. In 28 days, a person saved $42. What was this person’s average daily savings?

A. $0.42

B. $1.28

C. $0.82

D. $1.75

E. $1.50

Answer Explanation for Wonderlic Test Question 3

Presented by Alex Hollis.

**Average questions on the Wonderlic test.**

A common Wonderlic test question will require you to calculate average. Let’s walk through an example question together.

Here was the first question from the free Wonderlic practice test:

3. In 28 days, a person saved $42. What was this person’s average daily savings?

A. $0.42

B. $1.28

C. $0.82

D. $1.75

E. $1.50

To find the average daily savings, we have to divide the total amount saved by the number of days.

**Total Dollars ÷ Total Days = Average Daily Savings **

$42 ÷ 28 = Average Daily Savings

This problem is a little tricky because we need to divide 42 by 28, but 28 does not go into 42 evenly.

Here is how we divide numbers that do not divide evenly:

$42 ÷ 28 = Average Daily Savings or

We have 14 as a remainder since 28 does not divide into 14. This means that our remainder is

14/28 = 7/14 = 1/2 or 0.5

We have 1 and 0.5 as a remainder, so our answer is 1.5 or a daily average savings of $1.50

**Answer: E**

**Do this question faster with the “Plug & Chug” method.**

For the majority of test-takers, dividing decimals is a more stressful and challenging task than multiplying.

If you feel this way, it might be easier (and faster) for you to use the Wonderlic’s multiple choice answers to your advantage with what I call the “Plug& Chung” method.

Let’s walk through the previous question using the Plug & Chug method:

3. In 28 days, a person saved $42. What was this person’s average daily savings?

A. $0.42

B. $1.28

C. $0.82

D. $1.75

E. $1.50

**1. Multiply answers by the first part of the problem.**

Instead of dividing, I am going to multiply the answer choices by 28 days and see which one gives us $42.

I already know that if the person saved $1 every day for 28 days, then they would only have $28. This means that any answer choice that is less than $1 must not be correct.

I can eliminate A. and C. without doing any real math:

3. In 28 days, a person saved $42. What was this person’s average daily savings?

A. $0.42

B. $1.28

C. $0.82

D. $1.75

E. $1.50

Now we have three answer choices left.

Again, the correct answer choice should give us $42 when we multiply it by 28 days.

I am going to start multiplying with the middle value ($1.50). The reason I am going to do this is because then I only need to do the math once:

- if $1.50 x 28 = $42 then $1.50 is the correct answer.

- if $1.50 x 28 =
**less**than $42, then I know $1.50 is not correct and I also know that $1.28 is also not correct. This means $1.75 would be the correct answer.

- if $1.50 x 28 =
**more**than $42, then $1.28 must be the correct answer.

$1.50 x 28 = $42

**Answer: E**

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