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I: Not True: If Set contains only One element, then Set S won't have any SS. II: True: When all the elements are equal, then mean of S=mean of any SS. III: Not True: Consider Consecutive No in Set S.Mean of S will always be greater than the smallest No. of the Consecutive series of Set S, and hence Mean of S becomes greater then Subset of S.

Re: GMat Club Tests: M16 Q23 [#permalink]
15 Jan 2012, 07:40

Expert's post

If the mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S , which of the following must be true about set S?

I. Set S contains only one element II. All elements in set S are equal III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S

A. none of the three qualities is necessary B. II only C. III only D. II and III only E. I, II, and III

"The mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S" --> set S can be: A. S=\{x\} - S contains only one element (eg {7}); B. S=\{x, x, ...\} - S contains more than one element and all elements are equal (eg{7,7,7,7}).

Why is that? Because if set S contains two (or more) different elements, then we can always consider the subset with smallest number and the mean of this subset (mean of subset=smallest number) will be less than mean of entire set (mean of full set>smallest number).

Example: S={3, 5} --> mean of S=4. Pick subset with smallest number s'={3} --> mean of s'=3 --> 3<4.

Now let's consider the statements:

I. Set S contains only one element - not always true, we can have scenario B too (S=\{x, x, ...\});

II. All elements in set S are equal - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true;

III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S - - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true.

Re: If the mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of [#permalink]
30 Sep 2013, 10:17

Hi Bunuel,

I am still unable to get the solution.

When we can have an empty set {0} as a subset of each set, in that case we would have a average as 0 and thus consider the below example.

You have a set : {1,1,1}

One possible subset : {0}

Average of the set : 1

Average of subset:0

So still it exceeds the average of subset .

Can you advise on that?

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Re: GMat Club Tests: M16 Q23 [#permalink]
17 Oct 2013, 00:53

Bunuel wrote:

If the mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S , which of the following must be true about set S?

I. Set S contains only one element II. All elements in set S are equal III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S

A. none of the three qualities is necessary B. II only C. III only D. II and III only E. I, II, and III

"The mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S" --> set S can be: A. S=\{x\} - S contains only one element (eg {7}); B. S=\{x, x, ...\} - S contains more than one element and all elements are equal (eg{7,7,7,7}).

Why is that? Because if set S contains two (or more) different elements, then we can always consider the subset with smallest number and the mean of this subset (mean of subset=smallest number) will be less than mean of entire set (mean of full set>smallest number).

Example: S={3, 5} --> mean of S=4. Pick subset with smallest number s'={3} --> mean of s'=3 --> 3<4.

Now let's consider the statements:

I. Set S contains only one element - not always true, we can have scenario B too (S=\{x, x, ...\});

II. All elements in set S are equal - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true;

III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S - - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true.

Re: GMat Club Tests: M16 Q23 [#permalink]
17 Oct 2013, 02:05

Expert's post

Yash12345 wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

If the mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S , which of the following must be true about set S?

I. Set S contains only one element II. All elements in set S are equal III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S

A. none of the three qualities is necessary B. II only C. III only D. II and III only E. I, II, and III

"The mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S" --> set S can be: A. S=\{x\} - S contains only one element (eg {7}); B. S=\{x, x, ...\} - S contains more than one element and all elements are equal (eg{7,7,7,7}).

Why is that? Because if set S contains two (or more) different elements, then we can always consider the subset with smallest number and the mean of this subset (mean of subset=smallest number) will be less than mean of entire set (mean of full set>smallest number).

Example: S={3, 5} --> mean of S=4. Pick subset with smallest number s'={3} --> mean of s'=3 --> 3<4.

Now let's consider the statements:

I. Set S contains only one element - not always true, we can have scenario B too (S=\{x, x, ...\});

II. All elements in set S are equal - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true;

III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S - - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true.

Re: GMat Club Tests: M16 Q23 [#permalink]
17 Oct 2013, 02:22

Bunuel wrote:

Yash12345 wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

If the mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S , which of the following must be true about set S?

I. Set S contains only one element II. All elements in set S are equal III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S

A. none of the three qualities is necessary B. II only C. III only D. II and III only E. I, II, and III

"The mean of set S does not exceed mean of any subset of set S" --> set S can be: A. S=\{x\} - S contains only one element (e B. S=\{x, x, ...\} - S contains more than one element and all elements are equal (eg{7,7,7,7}).

Why is that? Because if set S contains two (or more) different elements, then we can always consider the subset with smallest number and the mean of this subset (mean of subset=smallest number) will be less than mean of entire set (mean of full set>smallest number).

Example: S={3, 5} --> mean of S=4. Pick subset with smallest number s'={3} --> mean of s'=3 --> 3<4.

Now let's consider the statements:

I. Set S contains only one element - not always true, we can have scenario B too (S=\{x, x, ...\});

II. All elements in set S are equal - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true;

III. The median of set S equals the mean of set S - - true for both A and B scenarios, hence always true.