SAT Math Multiple Choice Question 505: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 505

10. In the United States, the maintenance and construction of airports, transit systems, and major roads is largely funded through a federal excise tax on gasoline. Based on the 2011 statistics given below, how much did the average household pay per year in federal gasoline taxes?

The federal gasoline tax rate was 18.4 cents per gallon.

The average motor vehicle was driven approximately 11,340 miles per year.

The national average fuel economy for noncommercial vehicles was 21.4 miles per gallon.

The average American household owned 1.75 vehicles.

  • A. $55.73
  • B. $68.91
  • C. $97.52
  • D. $170.63

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

D

Difficulty: Medium

Category: Problem Solving and Data Analysis / Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Percentages

Strategic Advice: This is another question where the units can help you find the answer. Use the number of vehicles owned to find the total number of miles driven to find the total number of gallons of gas used to find the total tax paid. Phew!

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