SAT Math Multiple Choice Question 692: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 692

2. The median of the numbers x, 10, and 12 is 12. Which of the following CANNOT be the value of x?

  • A. 8
  • B. 12
  • C. 16
  • D. 20

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

A

Data Analysis (central tendency) EASY

The median of three numbers is the one in the middle when they are listed in order. If two of the numbers are 10 and 12, with 12 as the median, then the third number must be greater than or equal to 12, otherwise 12 would not be in the middle. Of the choices, only (A) 8 is not greater than or equal to 12.

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