# 2019 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 7

## Problem 7

Shauna takes five tests, each worth a maximum of $100$ points. Her scores on the first three tests are $76$, $94$, and $87$. In order to average $81$ for all five tests, what is the lowest score she could earn on one of the other two tests? $\textbf{(A) }48\qquad\textbf{(B) }52\qquad\textbf{(C) }66\qquad\textbf{(D) }70\qquad\textbf{(E) }74$

## Solution 1

Right now, she scored $76, 94,$ and $87$ points, with a total of $257$ points. She wants her average to be $81$ for her $5$ tests so she needs to score $405$ points in total. She needs to score a total of $(405-257) 148$ points in her $2$ tests. So the minimum score she can get is when one of her $2$ scores is $100$. So the least possible score she can get is $\boxed{\textbf{(A)}\ 48}$. ~heeeeeeeheeeeee Note: You can verify that $\boxed{48}$ is the right answer because it is the lowest answer out of the 5. Since it is possible to get 48, we are guaranteed that that is the right answer. ~~ gorefeebuddie

Another way to do this (to save on computation) is to compare each of the scores with the average of $81$: $76$ --> $-5$ $94$ --> $+13$ $87$ --> $+6$ $100$ --> $19$

So the last one has to be $-33$ (since all the differences have to sum to $0$), which corresponds to $81-33 = \boxed{48}$.

## See Also

 2019 AMC 8 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 6 Followed byProblem 8 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AJHSME/AMC 8 Problems and Solutions

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