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A CAT aspirant appears for a certain number of tests. His average score increases by 1 if the first 10 tests are not considered, and decreases by 1 if the last 10 tests are not considered. If his average scores for the first 10 and the last 10 tests are 20 and 30, respectively, then the total number of tests taken by him is

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Correct Answer: 60

Let the total number of tests be 'n' and the average by 'A'

Total score = n*A

When 1st 10 tests are excluded, decrease in total value of scores = (nA - 20 * 10) = (nA - 200)

Also, (n - 10)(A + 1) = (nA - 200)

On solving, we get 10A - n = 190..........(i)

When last 10 tests are excluded, decrease in total value of scores = (nA - 30 * 10) = (nA - 300)

Also, (n - 10)(A - 1) = (nA - 300)

On solving, we get 10A + n = 310..........(ii)

From (i) and (ii), we get n = 60

Hence, 60 is the correct answer.

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