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# At XYZ Inc., an employee receives a verbal warning upon accumulating

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this question took me 4 mins to finish reading the question stem and working through the five answer choices....
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Took me 4:52 mins; is this really a 600-700 level question? I would expect this to be 710 level at least if not 770 level! Just because the complexity to work through under an expectation of getting it right in 3 mins or so.
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Verbal warning: Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8, 9, and 10 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011

So here the employee would have only 3.5 absence here since March 2010 - March 2011 will be the one year period considered,so verbal warning would be there

Written reprimand: Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010(.5 absence); absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010(.5 absence); absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011(2 absenced); absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011(1 absence)

4 unexcused absences are there so written reprimand

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Hello, for Verbal warning, the question said "However, an employee may stay late to make up for up to 1 hour of an unexcused absence on the same day."

He stayed up late for the next day, so shouldn't it is counted at 4 absence?
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Each employee description must be checked to see if it meets the criteria for a verbal warning, but not for a written reprimand: accumulating at least 3, but fewer than 4, unexcused absences within a 365-day period. The employee described in the first option had 4 unexcused absences, but no more than 2 of these occurred within a single 365-day period, so the employee did not qualify for a verbal warning. Likewise, the employee in the second option did not qualify for a verbal warning: the employee reduced the absence on 13 May 2010 from a full day to half a day by staying late and working an extra hour, and thus had only $$2\frac{1}{2}$$ absences during the 365-day period beginning 13 May, and no more than 2 absences within any other 365-day period. In the third option, the 4.5-hour absence on 19 March 2010 counts as a full day’s absence and is not offset by the extra hour because it was not worked on the same day. Therefore, the employee in the third option had exactly 3 unexcused absences in the 365-day period beginning on 19 March 2010—enough for a verbal warning, though not a written reprimand.

In the fourth option, the employee was absent between 10 minutes and 2 hours on 15 and 19 September, between 2 hours and 4 hours on 13 and 18 September, and more than 4 hours on 16 September. Thus, in that single 365-day period, the employee accumulated (2)(1/3)+(2)(1/2)+1, or $$2\frac{2}{3}$$, total absences, which falls just short of 3 absences and thus does not qualify for a verbal warning.

In the fifth option, during the 365-day period beginning on 7 July 2010, the employee had a 3-hour (half-day) absence, a 2.5-hour (half-day) absence, two all-day (full-day) absences, and a 5-hour (full-day) absence, for a total of (2)(1/2)+(2)(1)+1, or 4 absences. This employee meets the criteria for a verbal warning, but also for a written reprimand, and hence the fifth option is not a key.

The correct answer is Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed one hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8 February 2011 and 9 February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011.

As noted in the analysis above, the employee in the fifth option meets the criteria for both a verbal warning and a written reprimand, and hence the fifth option is the key. Also by the previous analysis, the employees in the first, second, and fourth options do not meet the criteria for verbal warning and hence cannot meet the criteria for written reprimand. While a verbal warning is warranted in the third option, the employee has fewer than 4 absences in a 365-day period and thus does not merit a written reprimand.

The correct answer is Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011; absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011.
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At XYZ Inc., an employee receives a verbal warning upon accumulating at least 3 unexcused absences within any 365-day period and a written reprimand upon accumulating at least 4 such absences. For any single 8-hour workday, missing between 10 minutes and 2 hours of work counts as one-third of an absence, missing between 2 hours and 4 hours of work counts as half an absence, and missing more than 4 hours counts as a full absence. However, an employee may stay late to make up for up to 1 hour of an unexcused absence on the same day.

The table contains descriptions of the unexcused absences of 5 employees of XYZ Inc. Assume that in each case the employee had no other unexcused absences and made up no other time. In the table, select a description of an employee who qualified for a verbal warning but not a written reprimand, and select a description of an employee who qualified for a written reprimand. Make only two selections, one in each column.

 Verbal warning.......... Written reprimand............ Statements Absent all day on 5 Aprili 2010, 8 June 2010, 17 April 2011, and 14 June 2011 Absent 4.5 hours but stayed 1 hour late on May 13 May 2010; absent all day on 2 June 2010, 1 May 2011, and 21 July 2011 Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8, 9, and 10 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011 Absent 3.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 15 September 2010; absent 6 hours on 16 September 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 18 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 19 September 2010 Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011; absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011

Verbal warning: Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8, 9, and 10 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011
Written reprimand: Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011; absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011

pursuant to the statement 3rd
Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8, 9, and 10 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011

we can compute 4.5 = 1 day, 1 hour late = 1/6h, 1 day 8, 9 and 10 = 3 days
Total 4 days or 4 absences. That is wrong because we already have 4 absences in the statement:

Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011; absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011

Please, remove 1 day from 3rd statement.­
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 Verbal warning.......... Written reprimand............ Statements Absent all day on 5 Aprili 2010, 8 June 2010, 17 April 2011, and 14 June 2011 Absent 4.5 hours but stayed 1 hour late on May 13 May 2010; absent all day on 2 June 2010, 1 May 2011, and 21 July 2011 4 absent days Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8, 9, and 10 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011 Absent 3.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 15 September 2010; absent 6 hours on 16 September 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 18 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 19 September 2010 4 absent days Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011; absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011

This question needs to be revised, description or statements.
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Put dates on number line the question becomes less confusing and little bit easier to solve.
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Could you correct the 3rd choice? According to the OE you posted, the choice should have only 'all day on 8 February 2011 and 9 February 2011'
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How the hell can a problem like this be completed in ~2 mins?
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Why Option A is not considerable ..... if we see in 365 Days , the employee receives verbal warning for 3 unexcused leaves and written reprimand for 4 unexcused leaves

17 april 2011,14 june 2011 should be considerable in next year as the cycle of year 2010 completes on 5 april 2011 ... so there would be only 2 unexcused leaves in 2010 and should receive a verbal warning.
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The 1st line mentions "At XYZ Inc. any employee receives a verbal warning upon accumulating at least 3 unexcused absences within any 365-day period and a written reprimand upon accumulating at least 4 such absences"

But there's no mention of which 365-day period it is talking about, so how do we know it will be from March 2010 to March 2011? I assumed it to be a 365-day period from January to December and got my answers wrong. Would need further clarity on this.

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Verbal warning: Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8, 9, and 10 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011

So here the employee would have only 3.5 absence here since March 2010 - March 2011 will be the one year period considered,so verbal warning would be there

Written reprimand: Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010(.5 absence); absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010(.5 absence); absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011(2 absenced); absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011(1 absence)

4 unexcused absences are there so written reprimand

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Can this question be an ideal candidate to be left for the last? In a minute or 90 seconds, probably, one can figure out all the options require careful calculations. Or would it be a bad strategy?
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Can this question be an ideal candidate to be left for the last? In a minute or 90 seconds, probably, one can figure out all the options require careful calculations. Or would it be a bad strategy?
­Yes. I think so since this question will require a lot of time for almost anyone. Of course, if you have already understood everything in the question and just need to evaluate the options, parking the question for the end may not make sense.
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­Is it really possible to solve this problem within 90 seconds?
How do you guys do that...
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­Is it really possible to solve this problem within 90 seconds?
How do you guys do that...
­Yes, 90 seconds is a tough call. But if you understand the paragraph fast, the options are pretty easy to be eliminated.
The absence required is 3 days for verbal and 4 days for written.
(1) Absent all day on 5 Aprili 2010, 8 June 2010, 17 April 2011, and 14 June 2011.....
there are only two days within 365 days period at any time.

(2) Absent 4.5 hours but stayed 1 hour late on May 13 May 2010; absent all day on 2 June 2010, 1 May 2011, and 21 July 2011
All day absence give us only 2 days within 365 days period. The absence of 4.5days comes down to 3.5 hours and so does not translate to complete day absence.
Thus, the absence is between 2 and 3 days

(3) Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8 and 9 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011
This does give us more than 3 days, as he is absent on two consecutive days and the absence on 19 & 20 mar 2010 too falls within the 365 days period.
19 Mar 2010: 4.5 hrs, so another day.
Hence 3 days ....Verbal warning

(4) Absent 3.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 15 September 2010; absent 6 hours on 16 September 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 18 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 19 September 2010
Absent on 5 days, but two days account for 1/3 day absence each, another two for 1/2 day absence, and one day for complete day absence. So, less than 3 days

(5) Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011; absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011
We could save time by clicking it as written complaint as this is the last option.
All days mentioned are within 365 days period. Greater than 4 hrs on 3 days, so 3 days absence. Between 2 and 4 hours on two days, so 1/2 day for two days amounting to a complete day. Total 4 days..Written warning ­
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HOW TF DOES SOMEONE SOLVE THIS IN UNDER 2.5 MINS?
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chetan2u I think the question mentions only 8th and 9th February and not 10th February.
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The absence required is 3 days for verbal and 4 days for written.
(1) Absent all day on 5 Aprili 2010, 8 June 2010, 17 April 2011, and 14 June 2011.....
there are only two days within 365 days period at any time.

(2) Absent 4.5 hours but stayed 1 hour late on May 13 May 2010; absent all day on 2 June 2010, 1 May 2011, and 21 July 2011
All day absence give us only 2 days within 365 days period. The absence of 4.5days comes down to 3.5 hours and so does not translate to complete day absence.
Thus, the absence is between 2 and 3 days

(3) Absent 4.5 hours on 19 March 2010; stayed 1 hour late on 20 March 2010; absent all day on 8, 9, and 10 of February 2011; arrived 40 minutes late on 17 April 2011
This does give us more than 3 days, as he is absent on three consecutive days, and the absence on 19 & 20 mar 2010 too falls within the 365 days period.
19 Mar 2010: 4.5 hrs but covers 1 hr so less than a complete day.
Hence between 3 days and 4 days....Verbal warning

(4) Absent 3.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 15 September 2010; absent 6 hours on 16 September 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 18 September 2010; absent 1 hour on 19 September 2010
Absent on 5 days, but two days account for 1/3 day absence each, another two for 1/2 day absence, and one day for complete day absence. So, less than 3 days

(5) Absent 3 hours on 7 July 2010; absent 2.5 hours on 13 September 2010; absent all day on 31 January 2011 and 4 July 2011; absent 5 hours on 12 March 2011
We could save time by clicking it as written complaint as this is the last option.
All days mentioned are within 365 days period. Greater than 4 hrs on 3 days, so 3 days absence. Between 2 and 4 hours on two days, so 1/2 day for two days amounting to a complete day. Total 4 days..Written warning
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