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# In GMAT, what should we assume, if we are presented with a

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In GMAT, what should we assume, if we are presented with a [#permalink]  28 Oct 2005, 08:48
In GMAT, what should we assume, if we are presented with a diagram without any note? In other words, which of the following is correct:
(a) all diagrams are drawn to the scale unless there is a note to say otherwise

(b) only diagrams with a note saying "drawn to scale" are to be assumed as correct. Rest (if no note supplied), is to be seen with skepticism.

- Is this different for PS and DS?

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OG 11th states for PS and DS

All figures are drawn as accurately as possible, unless stated otherwise...

Infact I have never seen (b) written anywhere, not even in non OG questions...
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I believe that there are instructions saying what you can assume at the beginning of the quantitative section. From what I understand, you cannot assume that anything is drawn to scale. As far as I know, pretty much the only things you can assume are that straight lines and circles are, in fact, straight lines and circles. There will be a few questions where the test may try to trick you by having the description contradict what the diagram looks like. For example, you might see a sqaure on the screen in front of you, but without the little right angle squares in at least 3 of the corners, you can't assume it's even a rectangle. And unless specifically stated, you can't assume that all sides are of equal length.
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Re: GMAT Geometry Diagrams [#permalink]  28 Oct 2005, 10:03
Here's my take..
PS Q's: Assume drawn to scale unless stated otherwise
DS Q's: Assume not drawn to scale unless stated otherwise

If DS Q's were drawn to scale then what's the fun in using additional data when we can draw approximations just looking at the computer screen.

duttsit wrote:
In GMAT, what should we assume, if we are presented with a diagram without any note? In other words, which of the following is correct:
(a) all diagrams are drawn to the scale unless there is a note to say otherwise

(b) only diagrams with a note saying "drawn to scale" are to be assumed as correct. Rest (if no note supplied), is to be seen with skepticism.

- Is this different for PS and DS?

Thanks.
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Re: GMAT Geometry Diagrams [#permalink]  28 Oct 2005, 11:53
mbaqst wrote:
Here's my take..
PS Q's: Assume drawn to scale unless stated otherwise
DS Q's: Assume not drawn to scale unless stated otherwise
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Princeton Review - Cracking the GMAT book specifically states what mbaqst said.
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Thanks Friends. This is really helpful.
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