#### The following question, released into the public domain by ACT Inc., is reproduced here in order to help high school students and their parents become more familiar with the types of math problems students will be expected to solve on the ACT college entrance exam.

**Sales for a business were 3 million dollars more the second year than the first, and sales for the third year were double the sales for the second year. If sales for the third year were 38 million dollars, what were sales, in millions of dollars, for the first year?**