Joe is given five tests that all have a maximum score of . The mean of his test scores is 90. If all his tests have a different grade and all the grades are whole numbers, what is the lowest grade he could have scored?

We know that he took 5 tests, mean is equal 90 so we know that following equations will be true if x will be sum of 5 scores:
$$\frac{x}{5}=90$$
$$x=450$$
Also we have to remember that max points that he could get is 100 so to find the lowest score he could get we have to do equation like this
$$\frac{100+y}{2}=90$$
$$100+y=180$$
$$y=80$$

If the Mean = 90 for 5 test values
it means that there was a variation of values between maximum i-e 100 and minimum that may be any number not known.
The possible minimum value is when 4 tests result in 100 and the 5th is unknown
it means
Mean     = [(4X 100)+x] / 5
90 = (400+x) / 5
400 + x  = 90 X 5
x  = 450 -400 = 50

So the minimum possible test result is 50.

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