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Percents are a particular type of decimal that is based on hundredths and has a particular sign called the percent sign (%) that follows the number.

A percent refers to decimal portion of a total amount. It is frequently used in assigning grades to tests, homework, etc..

Let's say for example that you had a spelling test with ten words on it. You got eight correct. To find the percent, you would divide the number correct by the total number on the test. In this case it would be eight divided by ten.


Eight divided by



.8 or

.80 or


Eight tenths or eighty hundredths


The eight tenths could also be expressed as eighty hundredths. Another way of saying eighty hundredths is eighty percent. The decimal point is removed before the eighty and replaced by the percent sign after the eighty.

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