1986 AHSME Problems/Problem 12


John scores $93$ on this year's AHSME. Had the old scoring system still been in effect, he would score only $84$ for the same answers. How many questions does he leave unanswered? (In the new scoring system that year, one receives $5$ points for each correct answer, $0$ points for each wrong answer, and $2$ points for each problem left unanswered. In the previous scoring system, one started with $30$ points, received $4$ more for each correct answer, lost $1$ point for each wrong answer, and neither gained nor lost points for unanswered questions.)

$\textbf{(A)}\ 6\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 9\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 11\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 14\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{Not uniquely determined}$


Let $c$, $w$, and $u$ be the number of correct, wrong, and unanswered questions respectively. From the old scoring system, we have $30+4c-w=84$, from the new scoring system we have $5c+2u=93$, and since there are $30$ problems in the AHSME, $c+w+u=30$. Solving the simultaneous equations yields $u=9$, which is $\boxed{B}$.

See also

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Preceded by
Problem 11
Followed by
Problem 13
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