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

As a salesperson, Phyllis can choose one of two methods of annual payment: either an annual salary of $35,000 with no commission or an annual salary of $10,000 plus a 20 percent commission on her total annual sales. What must her total annual sales be to give her the same annual pay with either method?

(A) $100,000
(B) $120,000
(C) $125,000
(D) $130,000
(E) $132,000

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As a salesperson, Phyllis can choose one of two methods of annual payment: either an annual salary of $35,000 with no commission or an annual salary of $10,000 plus a 20 percent commission on her total annual sales. What must her total annual sales be to give her the same annual pay with either method?

(A) $100,000
(B) $120,000
(C) $125,000
(D) $130,000
(E) $132,000

35,000 = 10,000 + 0.2*x --> x = 125,000.

Answer: C.
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Answer = (C) $125,000

35000 = 10000 + 25000

We require to calculate sales which creates a commission of 25000 @ 20%

= \(25000* \frac{100}{20}= 125000\)
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1st method of annual payment = 35,000 + no commission = 35,000
2nd method of annual payment = 10,000 + 1/5TS, where TS is Total Sales

Since the annual pay is the same, as per the question, we can equate the 2 equations:
35,000 = 10,000 + 1/5 TS
1/5 TS = 25,000
TS = 125,000

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Option #1:

Annual Salary (A) = $35,000

Option #2:

Annual Salary (A) = $10,000 + .2 * Total Sales (S)

Solution:

Step 1 --> $35,000 = $10,000 + (1/5)S
Step 2 --> $25,000 = (1/5)S
Step 3 --> $25,000(5/1) = S
Step 4 --> $125,000 = S

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As a salesperson, Phyllis can choose one of two methods of annual payment: either an annual salary of $35,000 with no commission or an annual salary of $10,000 plus a 20 percent commission on her total annual sales. What must her total annual sales be to give her the same annual pay with either method?

(A) $100,000
(B) $120,000
(C) $125,000
(D) $130,000
(E) $132,000

35,000 = 10,000 + 0.2*x --> x = 125,000.

Answer: C.
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Took me 45 seconds total.

35=10+(1/5)X
25*5 = 125
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Hi All,

This question can be solved by TESTing THE ANSWERS.

From the information in the prompt, we're looking for a sales total that, when we take 20% of it, gives us $25,000. While this can be solved algebraically, we do have 5 answer choices to use as reference.

Let's TEST Answer B...

If Sales = $120,000
20% of $120,000 = (1/5)(120,000) = 24,000
This is remarkably close, but it's just a little TOO SMALL...

Let's TEST Answer C...

If Sales = $125,000
20% of $125,000 = (1/5)(125,000) = 25,000
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[quote="Bunuel"]The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

As a salesperson, Phyllis can choose one of two methods of annual payment: either an annual salary of $35,000 with no commission or an annual salary of $10,000 plus a 20 percent commission on her total annual sales. What must her total annual sales be to give her the same annual pay with either method?

(A) $100,000
(B) $120,000
(C) $125,000
(D) $130,000
(E) $132,000



35000-10000=25000


25000=20% * x

x=25000 / 20% = 125000
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Bunuel wrote:

As a salesperson, Phyllis can choose one of two methods of annual payment: either an annual salary of $35,000 with no commission or an annual salary of $10,000 plus a 20 percent commission on her total annual sales. What must her total annual sales be to give her the same annual pay with either method?

(A) $100,000
(B) $120,000
(C) $125,000
(D) $130,000
(E) $132,000


We can let total annual sales = x and create the following equation:

35,000 = 10,000 + 0.2x

25,000 = 0.2x

125,000 = x

Answer: C
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Let X = Annual Sales

1. $10,000 + (.2 * X) = $35,000
2. .2x = $25,000
3. x = $125,000

Answer (C)
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