State | Number (in thousands) |
---|---|

A | 181 |

B | 125 |

C | 103 |

D | 79 |

E | 72 |

According to the table shown, the estimated number of home-schooled students in State A is approximately what percent greater than the number in State D?

(A) 25%

(B) 55%

(C) 100%

(D) 125%

(E) 155%

The key word here is *approximately*. There are 181,000 students in State A and 79,000 in State D. We can drop the zeros and just work with 181 and 79. First notice that 181 is more than double 79, so the percent difference will be greater than 100, so we can eliminate A and B.

Now we make use of the *approximately – *instead of 181, let’s use 180, and instead of 79, let’s use 80. To find *percent greater *we take the difference over the smaller number.

\(\frac{180 – 80}{80} = \frac{100}{80} = \frac{5}{4} = 1.25 = 125\%\)

**The correct answer is D.**