Here’s a SSAT sample question to help you practice the type of frequency problem you may find on the quantitative section of the Upper Level SSAT.

What Are Frequency Problems?

When items in a group share at least one characteristic or attribute, the total number of those similar items is called their frequency. For example, if the face of a clock has a dot at five-minute intervals, the frequency of those dots is twelve per clock (60 ÷ 5 = 12).

SSAT Sample Question for Frequencies 

You survey 50 people and ask them what kind of telephone they have. Thirty-eight respond that they have a landline phone and 42 have a cell phone. Assuming that each person has at least one telephone, how many have both types of telephones?

(A) 8

(B) 30

(C) 38

(D) 42

(E) 80

Answer Key:

(B) 30

(38 + 42) − 50 = 80 − 50 = 30

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