# Question: Quick Test Laboratories evaluates the reaction of materials to extreme

Quick Test Laboratories evaluates the reaction of materials to extreme increases in temperature. Much of the company’s early growth was attributable to government contracts, but recent growth has come from expansion into commercial markets. Two types of testing at Quick Test are Heat Testing (HTT) and Arctic- Condition Testing (ACT). Currently, all of the budgeted operating costs are collected in a single overhead pool. All of the estimated testing- hours are also collected in a single pool. One rate per test- hour is used for both types of testing. This hourly rate is marked up by 30% to recover administrative costs and taxes, and to earn a profit. George Barton, Quick Test’s controller, believes that there is enough variation in the test procedures and cost structure to establish separate costing rates and billing rates at a 30% markup. He also believes that the inflexible rate structure the company is currently using is inadequate in today’s competitive environment. After analyzing the company data, he has divided operating costs into the following three cost pools:
Labor and supervision......... \$ 470,800
Setup and facility costs ........ 456,475
Utilities ............. 389,400
Total budgeted costs for the period.... \$ 1,316,675
George Barton budgets 107,000 total test- hours for the coming period. Test-hours is also the cost driver for labor and supervision. The budgeted quantity of cost driver for setup and facility costs is 950 setup hours. The budgeted quantity of cost driver for utilities is 11,000 machine- hours. George has estimated that HTT uses 70% of the testing hours, 30% of the setup hours, and half the machine- hours.

Required
1. Find the single rate for operating costs based on test- hours and the hourly billing rate for HTT and ACT.
2. Find the three activity- based rates for operating costs.
3. What will the billing rate for HTT and ACT be based on the activity- based costing structure? State the rates in terms of testing hours. Referring to both requirements 1 and 2, which rates make more sense for Quick Test?
4. If Quick Test’s competition all charge \$ 24 per hour for arctic testing, what can Quick Test do to stay competitive?

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