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The Holistic Approach to Mods on the GMAT - Solutions  [#permalink]

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11 Nov 2014, 16:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: The Holistic Approach to Mods on the GMAT - Solutions First, we would like to refer you back to a post we put up quite a while ago: The Holistic Approach to ModsIn this post, we discussed how to use graphing techniques to easily solve very high level questions on nested absolute values. We don’t think you will see such high level questions on actual GMAT. The aim of putting up the post was to illustrate the use of graphing technique and how it can be used to solve simple as well as complicated questions with equal ease. It was aimed at encouraging you to equip yourself with more visual approaches.We gave you two questions at the end of that post to try on your own. We have seen quite a bit of interest in them and hence will discuss their solutions today.The solutions involve a number of graphs and hence we have made pdf files for them.Question 1: Given that y = |||x – 5| – 10| -5|, for how many values of x is y = 2?Solution 1Question 2: Given that y = |||x| – 3| – x|, for what range of x is y = 3?Solution 2Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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11 Nov 2014, 19:00
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SAT Tip of the Week: Breaking Down the Math Section  [#permalink]

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12 Nov 2014, 10:00
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1 Simple Way to Solve Puzzling GMAT Questions  [#permalink]

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13 Nov 2014, 14:00
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14 Nov 2014, 12:00
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GMAT Tip of the Week: Why Are You Here?  [#permalink]

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14 Nov 2014, 14:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: GMAT Tip of the Week: Why Are You Here? This week’s video post brings you a tip for taking a closer look at the data in Data Sufficiency. Is what you know about Data Sufficiency statements really sufficient? There are certain points of information that are necessary to know for Data Sufficiency, but knowing those doesn’t mean you have sufficient information to correctly solve the problem.Watch this video to learn how you can find hidden hints within statements and how that can help you avoid any GMAT traps. You don’t want to leave any points on the table.Are you studying for the GMAT? We have free online GMAT seminars running all the time. And, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter!By Brian Galvin
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How to Go from a 48 to 51 in GMAT Quant - Part V  [#permalink]

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17 Nov 2014, 11:00
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How Will You Pay for Business School?  [#permalink]

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18 Nov 2014, 11:00
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SAT Tip of the Week: Breaking Down the Critical Reading Section  [#permalink]

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19 Nov 2014, 10:00
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6 Reasons You Need at Least 6 Weeks to Finish Your MBA Applications  [#permalink]

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19 Nov 2014, 15:00
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Choosing from 2 Answer Choices in GMAT Critical Reasoning  [#permalink]

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20 Nov 2014, 14:00
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10 of Your Pressing GMAT Questions Answered by a Veritas Prep Expert  [#permalink]

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21 Nov 2014, 11:00
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How To Tackle Vocabulary (And Actually Remember!)  [#permalink]

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21 Nov 2014, 12:00
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Busting Some GMAT Sentence Correction Myths - Part II  [#permalink]

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24 Nov 2014, 11:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Busting Some GMAT Sentence Correction Myths - Part II A few weeks back, we wrote a postbusting some Sentence Correction myths. Let’s continue from where we left.  We discussed how we can have pronouns referring to different antecedents in different clauses of the same sentence. Let’s take another example illustrating that principle. Also, we learn how to use ‘being’ correctly in GMAT.Myth 3: Use of ‘being’ is always wrong on GMAT!Often, the way we use ‘being’ in our day-to-day communication, is incorrect. For example,Being a doctor, he is very well respected.But there are correct ways of using ‘being’. Since most students believe that ‘being’ is wrong, don’t trust the GMAC to not use this nugget of information to misdirect the test takers. The correct answers of questions at higher ability are worded in such a way that they make the test takers uncomfortable!So how is ‘being’ used correctly?‘Being’ is used to express a temporary state.The little boy started screaming when he saw his dog being impounded.‘Being impounded’ is a temporary state and would be over – unlike being a doctor. So the use of being is correct here.Let’s look at one of our own sentence correction questions now:Question: The data being collected in the current geological survey are providing a strong warning for engineers as they consider the new dam project, but their greatest importance might lie in how they influence the upcoming decision by those same engineers on whether to retrofit 75 bridges in the survey zone.A. The data being collected in the current geological survey are providing a strong warning for engineers as they consider the new dam project, but their greatest importanceB. The data being collected in the current geological survey provide a strong warning for engineers as they consider the new dam project, but its greatest importanceC. The data collected in the current geological survey is providing a strong warning for engineers as they consider the new dam project, but their greatest importanceD. The data collected in the current geological survey provides a strong warning for engineers in consideration of the new dam project, but its greatest importanceE. The data collected in the current geological survey provide a strong warning for engineers in consideration for the new dam project, but the greatest importanceSolution:  Let’s find the decision points:First decision point: being collected vs collected‘The data being collected’ is a temporary state here. Data won’t always be collected, but are being collected for a short time right now, so “being” is used properly here. Nothing wrong with ‘The data collected in …’ either so we retain all answer options.Second decision point: are/isTechnically, data is plural of datum. In academic writing it is almost always treated as plural. It is treated as singular in informal writing but GMAT favors treating it as plural.Even if you do not know this, the use of “they influence the upcoming” – in the portion of the sentence that is not underlined – should tell you that ‘data’ is used in plural form here.Hence the use of ‘are’ is appropriate. Hence, options (C) and (D) are eliminated.Third decision point: PronounsThere are many pronouns used here. Antecedent of each pronoun is present in the sentence. The usage clarifies which pronoun refers to data and which refers to engineers.Original Sentence: The data being collected in the current geological survey are providing a strong warning for engineers as they consider the new dam project, but their greatest importance might lie in how they influence the upcoming decision by those same engineers on whether to retrofit 75 bridges in the survey zone.they – only engineers can consider the new dam project so ‘they’ refers to engineerstheir/its  - greatest importance will be of data, which is plural, so ‘their’ would be the correct usage. Eliminate option (D)There is no ambiguity in the use of pronouns. The nouns are present and the usage clarifies the antecedent.Now we are left with options (A) and (E). In option (E), “in consideration for the new dam project” is bad diction.  Also, it doesn’t tell us ‘whose greatest importance?’.Answer is (A)Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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True or False: Do You Need to Take Calculus Prior to Business School?  [#permalink]

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25 Nov 2014, 10:00
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SAT Tip of the Week: 3 Steps To Stay Sharp During The Holidays  [#permalink]

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26 Nov 2014, 10:00
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How to Manage Unmanageable Numbers on the GMAT  [#permalink]

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27 Nov 2014, 22:00
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28 Nov 2014, 15:00
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What are the Weights in Weighted Averages?  [#permalink]

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01 Dec 2014, 10:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: What are the Weights in Weighted Averages? We have discussed weighted averages in detail here but one thing we are yet to talk about is how you decide what the weights will be in weighted average problems. It is not always straight forward to identify the weights. For example, in a question such as this one,While traveling from Detroit to Novi, a car averaged 10 miles per gallon, and while traveling from Novi to Lapeer, it averaged 18 miles per gallon. If the distance between Detroit and Novi is half the distance between Novi and Lapeer, what is the average miles per gallon for the entire journey?We have two figures for mileage given here – 10 miles per gallon and 18 miles per gallon. We need to find the average mileage. So we can use the weighted average formula but what will the weights be? Will they be 1:2 since the distance between the two cities is given to be in the ratio 1:2? If you think that taking the distance to be the weights in this problem is correct, then you fell for the trap in this question.To explain the concept, let us use a simpler example first:When talking about average speed, what are the weights? We know that the weight given to each speed is the time for which that speed was maintained, right? Yes! But why?Let’s review our weighted average formula:Cavg = (C1*w1 + C2*w2)/(w1 + w2)Average Speed = (Speed1*Time1 + Speed2*Time2)/(Time1 + Time2)Average Speed = (Distance1 + Distance2)/(Time 1 + Time2)Average Speed = Total Distance/Total TimeThis is an accurate representation of average speed.Now see what happens when you use distance as the weights.Cavg = (C1*w1 + C2*w2)/(w1 + w2)Average Speed = (Speed1*Distance1 + Speed2*Distance2)/(Distance1 + Distance2)Speed*Distance doesn’t represent any physical quantity. So this doesn’t make sense. The units of the quantities will help you see the relation clearly.Cavg = (C1*w1 + C2*w2)/(w1 + w2)Average Speed = (Speed1*Time1 + Speed2*Time2)/(Time1 + Time2)Average Speed = (miles/hour * hour + miles/hour * hour)/(hour + hour)Average Speed = (miles + miles)/(hour + hour)Average Speed = Total miles/Total hoursWhat happens when you take distance as the weights?Cavg = (C1*w1 + C2*w2)/(w1 + w2)Average Speed = (Speed1*Distance1 + Speed2*Distance2)/(Distance1 + Distance2)Average Speed = (miles/hour * miles + miles/hour * miles)/(miles + miles)miles^2/hour doesn’t represent a physical quantity and hence doesn’t make sense here. Therefore, whenever you are confused what the weights should be, look at the units.Let’s go back to the original question now. Average required is miles per gallon. So you are trying to find the weighted average of two quantities whose units must be miles/gallon.Cavg = (C1*w1 + C2*w2)/(w1 + w2)The unit of Cavg, C1 and C2 is miles/gallon so w1 and w2 should be in gallons to getmiles/gallon = (miles/gallon * gallon + miles/gallon * gallon)/(gallon + gallon)miles/gallon = Total miles/Total gallonsSo how will we actually solve this question?Question: While traveling from Detroit to Novi, a car averaged 10 miles per gallon while traveling from Novi to Lapeer, it averaged 18 miles per gallon. If the distance between Detroit and Novi is half the distance between Novi and Lapeer, what is the average miles per gallon for the entire journey?Solution:Let the distance between Detroit and Novi be D. So the distance between Novi and Lapeer must be 2D.Amount of fuel used to cover distance D = D/10Amount of fuel used to cover distance 2D = 2D/18 = D/9So the two weights used must be D/10 and D/9Average miles/gallon = (10*D/10 + 18*D/9)/(D/10 + D/9) = 3D*90/19D = 270/19 = 14.2 miles/gallonOr simply, Average miles/gallon = Total miles/Total gallons = 3D/(D/10 + D/9) = 14.2 miles/gallonFood for thought: Which one of the following can you solve?- If a vendor sold 10 apples at a profit of 10% and 15 oranges at a profit of 20%, what was his overall profit%?- If a vendor sold apples at a profit of 10% and oranges at a profit of 20%, what was his overall profit% if cost price of each apple was \$0.20 and the cost price of each orange was \$.06?Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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A Student Perspective: My Jump From a 580 to a 750  [#permalink]

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01 Dec 2014, 18:00
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