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Question No.: 6
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Patrick usually provides child care for six children. Parents leave their children at Patrick's house in the morning
and pick them up after work. At the end of each workweek, the parents pay Patrick at an hourly rate for the child
care provided that week. The weekly income Patrick receives is usually adequate but not always uniform,
particularly in the winter, when children are likely to get sick and be unpredictably absent.

Which of the following plans, if put into effect, has the best prospect of making Patrick's weekly income both

(A) Pool resources with a neighbor who provides child care under similar arrangements, so that the two of
them cooperate in caring for twice as many children as Patrick currently does.

(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.

(C) Hire a full-time helper and invest in facilities for providing child care to sick children .

(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.

(E) Increase the number of hours made available for child care each day, so that parents can leave their
children in Patrick's care for a longer period each day at the current hourly rate .
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What's ya doubt here..
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24 Dec 2012, 10:16
Exactly B, but I can't realized how I did it:))
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25 Dec 2012, 00:10
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What's ya doubt here..

Ya its 'B' but i was stuck between 'B' and 'D'
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25 Dec 2012, 00:18
D doesn't guarantee making his salary uniform..
That is why D is out..

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Patrick usually provides child care for six children. Parents leave their children at Patrick's house in the morning
and pick them up after work. At the end of each workweek, the parents pay Patrick at an hourly rate for the child
care provided that week. The weekly income Patrick receives is usually adequate but not always uniform,
particularly in the winter, when children are likely to get sick and be unpredictably absent.

Which of the following plans, if put into effect, has the best prospect of making Patrick's weekly income both
?

We need to select an option where the income is uniform so there isn't any fluctuations - an option which makes consistent income.

(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.

There is a balanced rate per week, hence guarantees uniform income.

(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.

There isn't consistency in this option, also note just cos he's increasing fee it could mean the parents could use other child care services. He might lose money if he does this.
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09 Sep 2013, 07:06
D could make him loose potential customers and also existing customer might find it unaffordable. Moreover, an increase still won't suffice if all 6 are absent in a week
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09 Sep 2013, 09:29
Hi ,
Can someone please explain why option C cant be considered as answer, though i am sure of option B.
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09 Sep 2013, 09:31
how do we know the seriousness of the illness? If they are sick probably their parents would prefer to take a day's leave and take care.
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04 Sep 2014, 00:54
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how do we know the seriousness of the illness? If they are sick probably their parents would prefer to take a day's leave and take care.
Hope that helps

Hiring help means increased cost for Patrick. He would then end up with lesser than what he gets now.
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09 Dec 2014, 05:12
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Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

Practice Question
Question No.: 6
Page: 118
Difficulty:

Patrick usually provides child care for six children. Parents leave their children at Patrick's house in the morning
and pick them up after work. At the end of each workweek, the parents pay Patrick at an hourly rate for the child
care provided that week. The weekly income Patrick receives is usually adequate but not always uniform,
particularly in the winter, when children are likely to get sick and be unpredictably absent.

Which of the following plans, if put into effect, has the best prospect of making Patrick's weekly income both

(A) Pool resources with a neighbor who provides child care under similar arrangements, so that the two of
them cooperate in caring for twice as many children as Patrick currently does.

(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.

(C) Hire a full-time helper and invest in facilities for providing child care to sick children .

(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.

(E) Increase the number of hours made available for child care each day, so that parents can leave their
children in Patrick's care for a longer period each day at the current hourly rate .

bang bang B - wats the issue in here .. cant really get why some one ask this
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Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

Practice Question
Question No.: 6
Page: 118
Difficulty:

Patrick usually provides child care for six children. Parents leave their children at Patrick's house in the morning
and pick them up after work. At the end of each workweek, the parents pay Patrick at an hourly rate for the child
care provided that week. The weekly income Patrick receives is usually adequate but not always uniform,
particularly in the winter, when children are likely to get sick and be unpredictably absent.

Which of the following plans, if put into effect, has the best prospect of making Patrick's weekly income both

(A) Pool resources with a neighbor who provides child care under similar arrangements, so that the two of
them cooperate in caring for twice as many children as Patrick currently does.

(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.

(C) Hire a full-time helper and invest in facilities for providing child care to sick children .

(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.

(E) Increase the number of hours made available for child care each day, so that parents can leave their
children in Patrick's care for a longer period each day at the current hourly rate .

Answer is B and I would say that when there are lot of children it needs to take a lot of care.
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Aristocrat wrote:
Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

Practice Question
Question No.: 6
Page: 118
Difficulty:

Patrick usually provides child care for six children. Parents leave their children at Patrick's house in the morning
and pick them up after work. At the end of each workweek, the parents pay Patrick at an hourly rate for the child
care provided that week. The weekly income Patrick receives is usually adequate but not always uniform,
particularly in the winter, when children are likely to get sick and be unpredictably absent.

Which of the following plans, if put into effect, has the best prospect of making Patrick's weekly income both

(A) Pool resources with a neighbor who provides child care under similar arrangements, so that the two of
them cooperate in caring for twice as many children as Patrick currently does.

(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.

(C) Hire a full-time helper and invest in facilities for providing child care to sick children .

(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.

(E) Increase the number of hours made available for child care each day, so that parents can leave their
children in Patrick's care for a longer period each day at the current hourly rate .

Current Scenario: Patric is getting paid at an hourly rate at the end of each week.
But there are certain weeks in winters when the children are sick and do not come.
Hence the income is less.

In order to counter this, Patric can have a steady flow of income by charging a weekly/monthly rate irrespective of whether a child is absent or not.
This will make his income uniform and adequate also.

The same logic is conveyed in option B, hence the correct option.
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Switching to a payment system based on expected number of hours worked will increase the income during weeks when some children are sick while not reducing the income during weeks when children aren't sick, thereby making the income both adequate and uniform.

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(A) Pool resources with a neighbor who provides child care under similar arrangements, so that the two of
them cooperate in caring for twice as many children as Patrick currently does.it will have no effect on sick kids

(B) Replace payment by actual hours of child care provided with a fixed weekly fee based upon the number of
hours of child care that Patrick would typically be expected to provide.Perfect, whether a child comes or not, fixed fee will ensure uniform and regular income

(C) Hire a full-time helper and invest in facilities for providing child care to sick children .facilities wont make sick children step out of the house

(D) Increase the hourly rate to a level that would provide adequate income even in a week when half of the
children Patrick usually cares for are absent.He may potentially loose more customers in bargain

(E) Increase the number of hours made available for child care each day, so that parents can leave their
children in Patrick's care for a longer period each day at the current hourly rate . : Does not matter, parents may not want more no of hours
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09 Oct 2016, 22:30
as per choice B, what if when the children sick, they will not hire Patrick for the whole week.
Does it make the fluctuation more severe?
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