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# A survey of employers found that during 1993 employment cost

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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

A survey of employers found that during 1993 employment costs rose 3.5 percent, where employment costs consist of salary costs and fringe-benefit costs. If salary costs rose 3 percent and fringe-benefit costs rose 5.5 percent during 1993, then fringe-benefit costs represented what percent of employment costs at the beginning of 1993 ?

(A) 16.5%
(B) 20%
(C) 35%
(D) 55%
(E) 65%

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A survey of employers found that during 1993 employment costs rose 3.5 percent, where employment costs consist of salary costs and fringe-benefit costs. If salary costs rose 3 percent and fringe-benefit costs rose 5.5 percent during 1993, then fringe-benefit costs represented what percent of employment costs at the beginning of 1993 ?

(A) 16.5%
(B) 20%
(C) 35%
(D) 55%
(E) 65%

The amount by which employment costs rose is equal to 0.035(salary costs + fringe benefit costs);

On the other hand the amount by which employment costs rose is equal to 0.03*salary costs + 0.055*fringe benefit costs;

So, $$35(S+F) = 30S+55F$$;

$$S = 4F$$;

$$\frac{F}{S} = \frac{1}{4}$$;

$$\frac{F}{(S+F)} = \frac{1}{(1+4)} = \frac{1}{5} = 0.2$$.

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$$\frac{103x}{100} + \frac{105.5y}{100} = \frac{103.5 (x+y)}{100}$$

103x + 105.5y = 103.5x + 103.5y

2y = 0.5x

$$\frac{y}{x} = \frac{1}{4}$$

$$\frac{y}{x+y} = \frac{1}{1+4} = \frac{1}{5}$$

$$\frac{y}{x+y} % = \frac{1}{5} * 100 = 20%$$
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s(1.03) + f(1.055) = (s+f) (1.035)
=> (s/f) = 0.02/0.005 = 4
=> f/(s+f) = 1/5 = 20%

Option (B).
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A survey of employers found that during 1993 employment costs rose 3.5 percent, where employment costs consist of salary costs and fringe-benefit costs. If salary costs rose 3 percent and fringe-benefit costs rose 5.5 percent during 1993, then fringe-benefit costs represented what percent of employment costs at the beginning of 1993 ?

(A) 16.5%
(B) 20%
(C) 35%
(D) 55%
(E) 65%

The amount by which employment costs rose is equal to 0.035(salary costs + fringe benefit costs);

On the other hand the amount by which employment costs rose is equal to 0.03*salary costs + 0.055*fringe benefit costs;

So, 35(S+F) = 30S+55F --> S = 4F --> F/S = 1/4 --> F/(S+F) = 1/(1+4) = 1/5 = 0.2.

Thanks! I'm assuming that this is considered a weighted averages problem? Can you recommend similar ones please?

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28 May 2014, 05:02
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Bunuel wrote:
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A survey of employers found that during 1993 employment costs rose 3.5 percent, where employment costs consist of salary costs and fringe-benefit costs. If salary costs rose 3 percent and fringe-benefit costs rose 5.5 percent during 1993, then fringe-benefit costs represented what percent of employment costs at the beginning of 1993 ?

(A) 16.5%
(B) 20%
(C) 35%
(D) 55%
(E) 65%

The amount by which employment costs rose is equal to 0.035(salary costs + fringe benefit costs);

On the other hand the amount by which employment costs rose is equal to 0.03*salary costs + 0.055*fringe benefit costs;

So, 35(S+F) = 30S+55F --> S = 4F --> F/S = 1/4 --> F/(S+F) = 1/(1+4) = 1/5 = 0.2.

Thanks! I'm assuming that this is considered a weighted averages problem? Can you recommend similar ones please?

Thanks!

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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

A survey of employers found that during 1993 employment costs rose 3.5 percent, where employment costs consist of salary costs and fringe-benefit costs. If salary costs rose 3 percent and fringe-benefit costs rose 5.5 percent during 1993, then fringe-benefit costs represented what percent of employment costs at the beginning of 1993 ?

(A) 16.5%
(B) 20%
(C) 35%
(D) 55%
(E) 65%

Problem Solving
Question: 154
Category: Algebra; Arithmetic First-degree equations; Percents
Page: 82
Difficulty: 600

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This can also be solved by weighted average method.

Let x be the percentage for Fringe Benefit in the overall employee cost of 100 %

5.5 (x) + 3 (100 -x) / 100 = 3
5.5 (x) + 3 (100 -x) = 3.5 * 100
2.5 x = 3.5 * 100 - 3 * 100
2.5 x = 0.5 * 100
x = (0.5* 100)/ 2.5
x = 20
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Can someone explain the concept of alligation? How do you identify the questions wherein you can use this concept?

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3S + 5,5F = 3,5(F+S)
2F=0,5S
S=4F

F/S+F = F/4F+F = 1/5 = 20%
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A survey of employers found that during 1993 employment costs rose 3.5 percent, where employment costs consist of salary costs and fringe benefit costs. If salary costs rose 3 percent and fringe-benefit costs rose 5.5 percent during 1993, then fringe-benefit costs represented what percent of employment costs at the beginning of 1993 ?

(A) 16.5%
(B) 20%
(C) 35%
(0) 55%
(E) 65%
S = salary, F = fringe-benefit, E = employment cost
F/(S+F) x 100 = ?

S + .035S = 1.03S // F + .055F = 1.055F // S + F = E // E + .035E = 1.035E
1.03S + 1.055F = 1.035E = 1.035 (S + F)
1.03S + 1.055F = 1.035S + 1.035F
1.055F - 1.035F = 1.035S - 1.03S
.02F=.005S
(.02/.005)F=S
4F=S

F/(S+F) x 100 = ?
F/(4F + F) x 100 = (F/5F) x 100 = (1/5) x 100 since the variable cancels. The answer is 20.
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This is not a difficult question per se. And yet, because it has many information points, the question may seem confusing/convoluted.

A student who felt such a confusion in this question should represent the given information visually. For example, like this:

From this image, it becomes clear that:

E = S + F . . . (1)
Ef (E final) = 1.03S + 1.055F . . . (2)

But we are given: Ef = 1.035E . . . (3)

Substituting (1) and (2) in (3), we get:

1.03S + 1.055F = 1.035(S+F)

From here on, the question is easy to solve.

The crux of this post is that if you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the given information, representing it visually helps.

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With Allegation:

S -------------F
3----3.5------5.5
--.5------2-----

So F is .5 out of 2.5 total so 1/5 = 20%
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The easiest way to solve this problem is by drawing graph as in the pic. The total distance = 5.5 -3 = 2.5. The rose of the employment costs is closer to rose of the salary costs. This means salary cost weight more than fringe-benefit costs. So fringe-benefit costs represents 0.5/2.5 = 20%.
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The solution is easy using Weighted mapping strategy.
What is not easy is the level of poor grammar in the question stem. That's the tough part of GMAT quant- finding out what exactly the the question is trying to say. I'm straggling on that.
The question was asking about beginning of the year. But the costing is about what happened in the said year. It doesn't make sense at all

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