Let's imagine you scored 85% on your driving test. There were 20 questions on the test, and you want to figure out how many of them you got right. You just learned how to set up this example—now you'll learn how to solve it.
Click through the slideshow to learn how to find how much a percent is worth.
Before we start solving, let's set up our example as a mathematical expression.
We'll replace the word of with a multiplication sign.
Now we'll convert our percent to a decimal—and we're ready to start solving.
All we have to do is multiply 0.85 by 20.
0.85 times 20 is equal to 17.
So 85% of 20 is 17.
This means you got 17 correct answers on your test.
Let's try another example. We want to find 10% of 90.
First, we'll replace the word of with a multiplication sign.
Now we'll turn our percent into a decimal.
Now all we have to do is multiply 0.10 times 90.
0.10 times 90 is equal to 9.
Now we can replace the question mark in our problem with a 9.
So 10% of 90 equals 9.
Use decimals to calculate how much these percentages are worth.
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