Hi All,

When you look at this question, if you find yourself unsure of where to "start", it might help to break down everything that you know into small pieces:

1st: We're told that we have 11 consecutive integers. That means the 11 numbers are whole numbers that are in a row. If we can figure out ANY of the numbers AND it's place "in line", then we can figure out ALL of the other numbers and answer the question that's asked (the average of all 11 = ?)

2nd: Fact 1 tells us that the average of the FIRST 9 integers is 7. For just a moment, ignore the fact that there are 9 consecutive integers and let's just focus on the average = 7.

What would have to happen for a group of consecutive integers to have an average of 7?

Here are some examples:

7

6, 7, 8

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notice how there are the SAME number of terms below 7 as above 7. THAT'S a pattern.

With 9 total terms, that means there has to be 4 above and 4 below:

3, 4, 5, 6,.......7.......8, 9, 10, 11

Now we have enough information to figure out the other 2 terms (12 and 13) and answer the question. So Fact 1 is SUFFICIENT

With this same approach, we can deal with Fact 2.

The key to tackling most GMAT questions is to be comfortable breaking the prompt into logical pieces. Don't try to do every step at once and don't try to do work in your head. Think about what the information means, take the proper notes and be prepared to "play around" with a question if you're immediately certain about how to handle it.

Final Answer:

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Rich

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