A student scored 50 percent on a test, and was in the 43rd percentile. Explain these two numbers. Solution I. The 50 percent means that the student correctly answered half of all of the questions asked on the test. Percent score is a way to compare objects against a set rubric. II. Scoring in the 43rd percentile means the student performed better than 43% of all test takers. Percentile is a way to compare objects against one another..