MATH.14

# Q20 tom jane and sue each purchased a new house the

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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q20: Tom, Jane, and Sue each purchased a new house. The average (arithmetic mean) price of the three houses was \$120,000. What was the median price of the three houses? (1) The price of Tom’s house was \$110,000. (2) The price of Jane’s house was \$120,000. A. Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. B. Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient. C. BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. D. EACH statement ALONE is sufficient. E. Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient. Answer: B Note: This question is definitely a well-planned trap! Since it is the 20th question in the 37- question Math section and difficult levels usually drop because of the good performance for the first half-section of difficult questions, it is especially lethal to the tired GMATers with dwindled alert. The answer superficially appeared to be C but indeed it should be B. This question is not very difficult and but very tricky. From my point of view, if the highly difficult questions appeared earlier in the Math section is the frontal attack to GMATers, then the above question is a hideous attack stabbing GMATers’ back. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 14
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