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Does both options in a DS question provide th same answer ?

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Does both options in a DS question provide th same answer ? [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2012, 20:01
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I might be asking a stupid question but then i couldn't stop myself from asking it. :(

Suppose a DS question asks you to find an answer. Lets assume they ask you to find the median of a certain data set with variables in it.
based on the two options you have to determine if median >= 5 or not ?

If both the option of the question are able to solve it, is it necessary that both questions should get you the same result ?

For ex if option A gets the result as median = 5 is it necessary that if option B also is able to get the right answer then it should also get the median value as 5 ??

can there be a possibility that option B gets an answer different than 5 ?

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Re: Does both options in a DS question provide th same answer ? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 03:16
Hi,

As far as I think GMAT "might" not give you any such question inw hich both Stat1 and Sta2 are giving you different answers individually.
If i get a question like this then i will still be going and marking option "D" and not option "E"
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Re: Does both options in a DS question provide th same answer ? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 04:21
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Hi

I might be asking a stupid question but then i couldn't stop myself from asking it. :(

Suppose a DS question asks you to find an answer. Lets assume they ask you to find the median of a certain data set with variables in it.
based on the two options you have to determine if median >= 5 or not ?

If both the option of the question are able to solve it, is it necessary that both questions should get you the same result ?

For ex if option A gets the result as median = 5 is it necessary that if option B also is able to get the right answer then it should also get the median value as 5 ??

can there be a possibility that option B gets an answer different than 5 ?

Thanks
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No, scenario you describe is not possible, since on the GMAT, two data sufficiency statements always provide TRUE information and these statements never contradict each other.

So, for example in an YES/NO DS question you cannot have a NO answer from the first statement and an YES answer from the second statement or if you are asked to find the value of x, then you cannot get x=5 from the first statement and x=4 from the second statement.

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