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In a certain office, 50 percent of the employees are college [#permalink]
07 Dec 2012, 07:16

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In a certain office, 50 percent of the employees are college graduates and 60 percent of the employees are over 40 years old. If 30 percent of those over 40 have master's degrees, how many of the employees over 40 have master's degrees?

(1) Exactly 100 of the employees are college graduates. (2) Of the employees 40 years old or less, 25 percent have master's degrees.

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07 Dec 2012, 07:21

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In a certain office, 50 percent of the employees are college graduates and 60 percent of the employees are over 40 years old. If 30 percent of those over 40 have master's degrees, how many of the employees over 40 have master's degrees?

Let x be the number of employees in that office. Given that: 0.5x = college graduates; 0.6x = employees over 40; 0.3*0.6x = employees over 40 with master's degrees.

(1) Exactly 100 of the employees are college graduates --> 0.5x=100. We can find the value of x, thus we can determine the value of 0.3*0.6x. Sufficient.

(2) Of the employees 40 years old or less, 25 percent have master's degrees. We have no information about the number of employees in any group, only percentages. Not sufficient.

In a certain office, 50 percent of the employees are college graduates and 60 percent of the employees are over 40 years old. If 30 percent of those over 40 have master's degrees, how many of the employees over 40 have master's degrees?

(1) Exactly 100 of the employees are college graduates

(2) Of the employees forty years old of less, 25 percent have master's degrees

The OA is A.

I agree with the OA if college graduates are in the same group as people with master's degrees. However, in real world, not all college graduates have master's degree. No?

The first statistic (50% of employees are "college graduates") is a red herring. We don't need it to answer the question asked. The final question concerns master's degrees, and we never got any info about the breakdown of degrees held among college grads. We know 60% of employees are over 40, and 30% of those over 40 have a master's degree. So the number of employees over 40 with a master's degree will be 0.3*0.6*(number of employees).

The second statement would be sufficient IF we knew the total number of master's degrees or the total number of employees. But we don't, not unless we use the first statement. The first statement alone is sufficient, whereas the second is not. _________________

In a certain office, 50 percent of the employees are college graduates and 60 percent of the employees are over 40 years old. If 30 percent of those over 40 have master's degrees, how many of the employees over 40 have master's degrees?

(1) Exactly 100 of the employees are college graduates

(2) Of the employees forty years old of less, 25 percent have master's degrees

The OA is A.

I agree with the OA if college graduates are in the same group as people with master's degrees. However, in real world, not all college graduates have master's degree. No?

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