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Q.) Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group? A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50 Thanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATRegister for our Free Session on Number Properties (held every 3rd week) to solve exciting 700+ Level Questions in a classroom environment under the realtime guidance of our Experts
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote: Q.) Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group? A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50 IMO, the Answer is B..The explanation is as follows. Consider the scores of Alastair to be A, Bell to be B, Cook to be C,Darren to be D and Eoin to be E. Given: A=1/2D C=D1/5 B=2/3D E=D+1/5 Since average is 50. Summing A,B,C,D and E and taking average gives us value of D to be sixty. Hence the lowest value in the set =1/2D=30 Biggest value in the set=D+1/5=60.2 Hence range =60.2 30=30.2..which is approximated to 30. Hence answer is Option B



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varundixitmro2512 wrote: IMO D
A long calculation so waiting for OA Hey, The calculation is not that long..why not give it a try...? Thanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATRegister for our Free Session on Number Properties (held every 3rd week) to solve exciting 700+ Level Questions in a classroom environment under the realtime guidance of our Experts
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adityapareshshah wrote: EgmatQuantExpert wrote: Q.) Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group? A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50 IMO, the Answer is B..The explanation is as follows. Consider the scores of Alastair to be A, Bell to be B, Cook to be C,Darren to be D and Eoin to be E. Given: A=1/2D C=D1/5 B=2/3D E=D+1/5 Since average is 50. Summing A,B,C,D and E and taking average gives us value of D to be sixty. Hence the lowest value in the set =1/2D=30 Biggest value in the set=D+1/5=60.2 Hence range =60.2 30=30.2..which is approximated to 30. Hence answer is Option BHey, There are two things, which I want to point out  1. The final value of A, B, C, D and E are all integers. So we don't need to approximate anything. 2. Also, the relation between C and D and a few others are not written correctly. Let me take an example  "Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score"This line means  D = C + \(\frac{1}{5}\)*C D = \(\frac{6C}{5}\) Similarly, check the other ratios once. I am sure you will figure out the minor errors. Thanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATRegister for our Free Session on Number Properties (held every 3rd week) to solve exciting 700+ Level Questions in a classroom environment under the realtime guidance of our Experts
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Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group?
A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50
the 5 scores form a progression: C2/5, C1/5, C, C+1/5, C+2/5 if C=50, then progression is 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 range=7030=40 D



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A = (1/2) D; D = (6/5) C; E = (2/5) C; D = (3/2) B; Also, (6/5) C = (3/2) B => B = (4/5) C
A + B + C + D + E = 250 (3/5) C + (4/5) C + C + (6/5) C + (2/5) C = 250 C = 125/2
Highest > D=(6/5) C => D = 75 Lowest > E=(2/5) C => E = 25 Range > 7525 = 50



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subrataroy0210 wrote: A = (1/2) D; D = (6/5) C; E = (2/5) C; D = (3/2) B; Also, (6/5) C = (3/2) B => B = (4/5) C
A + B + C + D + E = 250 (3/5) C + (4/5) C + C + (6/5) C + (2/5) C = 250 C = 125/2
Highest > D=(6/5) C => D = 75 Lowest > E=(2/5) C => E = 25 Range > 7525 = 50 Hey Subrata, You made a slight mistake while writing the relation between the variables 
Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook.
Therefore, the relation between E and C would be E = 7/5C and not 2/5C. Because of this mistake, the answer that you have got is not correct. Thanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATRegister for our Free Session on Number Properties (held every 3rd week) to solve exciting 700+ Level Questions in a classroom environment under the realtime guidance of our Experts
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Hey, PFB the official solution. Given• Average score of the group \(= 50\)
o So, total score of the group \(= 50*5 = 250\) To Find: • Range of the scores of the group
o Range of the score = Highest score – Lowest Score Working Out1. Let Alastair’s score be \(x\)……….(1)
2. Darren’s Score
a. We know that, Alastair’s score = \(\frac{1}{2}\) * Darren’s Score b. So, Darren’s score \(= 2x\)………..(2) 3. Cook’s Score
a. Now, we know that Darren’s Score = Cook’s score +\(\frac{1}{5} *\) Cook’s score b. So, we can write \(2x =\frac{6}{5}\) * Cook’s score c. So, Cook’s score \(= \frac{5x}{3}\)………..(3) 4. Bell’s Score
a. We know that Darren’s Score \(= \frac{3}{2}\) * Bell’s score b. So, we can write \(2x = \frac{3}{2}\) * Bell’s score c. Bell’s score \(= \frac{4x}{3}\)……(4)
5. Eoin’s Score
a. We know that Eoin’s score = Cook’s score \(+ \frac{2}{5}\) * Cook’s score b. So, we can write Eoin’s score \(= \frac{7x}{3}\) ……….(5) 6. Also, sum of all the scores \(= 250\)
a. \(x + 2x + \frac{5x}{3} + \frac{4x}{3} + \frac{7x}{3} = 250\) b. \(x = 30\) c. Hence, the difference between the highest and the lowest score \(= \frac{7x}{3} – x = 70 – 30 = 40\) So, the range of the scores of the group is \(40\). Answer: DThanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATRegister for our Free Session on Number Properties (held every 3rd week) to solve exciting 700+ Level Questions in a classroom environment under the realtime guidance of our Experts
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(A+B+C+D+E)/5 = 50 putting a ,b,c and e in term of d
(D/2 + 2D/3 +5D/6 + D +7/6D )/5 = 50
solving for D =60
lowest A=30 highest E=70 Range = 40



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Not a hard question but lot's of computation involved. I don't see how this can be done carefully in 2 minutes. Just reading, understanding, and planning how to attack this question takes a solid minute. Then there is a good 23 minutes of math involved (5 equations, then combining them, then solving for the variable, then determining the range).
Would it be fair to say that the GMAT likely wouldn't have a question this math heavy? Or is there a shortcut? Would questions like this typically have a shortcut? How long did it take people to solve this?
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote: Q.) Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group? A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50 Thanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATThis problem looks a lot worse than it is. Solved for C, used decimals instead of fractions, and ignored A and B until the end (b/c the way the question is written suggests C as jumping off point). Stage I A = \(\frac{1}{2}\)D B = ?? C = ?? D = \(\frac{1}{5}\) more than C = 1.2C E = \(\frac{2}{5}\) more than C = 1.4C  Stage II 2 of 5 variables are in terms of C. Add C itself, and that's 3 of 5. A and B in terms of C?  A = \(\frac{1}{2}\)or .5D. D = 1.2C. 1.2C x .5 = .6C  B is hardest. D = 1.5B. D also = 1.2C 1.5B = 1.2C B = \(\frac{1.2}{1.5}\)C = \(\frac{12}{15}\)C = \(\frac{4}{5}\)C = .8C  Stage III Now the list is A = .6C B = .8C C = 1.0C D = 1.2C E = 1.4C And now there's an evenly spaced set/progression where median = mean, so C = 50. Largest  smallest = range. E is 1.5 x 50 = 70. A is .6 x 50 = 30. Range is 70  30 = 40. Answer D
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although i got the answer right, but for knowledge ,what time it should take to solve this actually it took me 5.37 minute , my bad



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EgmatQuantExpert wrote: Q.) Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group? A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50 Thanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATThis question took me about 2 minutes to figure out.. Intuition: Since more than one fraction was referring to Cook's score, I used Cook as the base case and set him/her equal to 100.. Step 1: Given an average of 50 and 5 participants, all the fractions should add to 250. Step 2: Alastair + Bell + Cook + Darren + Eoin = 250 Therefore, based on the instructions above: \(\frac{1}{2}\frac{6}{5}100+(\frac{6}{5}100)/\frac{3}{2})+100+\frac{6}{5}100+\frac{7}{5}100\)=250 Therefore: 60+80+100+120+140=250 //Since it looks like 100 as a starting point for Cook was too high, I'll half all the figures equallyTherefore the figures become: 30+40+50+60+70=250 //This works! Therefore the range is 7030=40 (largestsmallest)



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EgmatQuantExpert wrote: Q.) Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group? A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50 From the question; A=1/2D D=6/5C E=7/5C B=2/3D Looking at the average (=50) and answer choices (25,30,35,40,40) it is clear that all the scores are multiples of 5.. Now D is also a multiple of 6... So, D can be 6*5=30 or 6*5*2=60...as average is 50 and D is better than A,B and C...60 seems better Assume D=60...We get E=70, B=40, A=30, C=50....and voila...the avg is 50... So, range is 7030=40 We can also take E..which is a multiple of 7 and 5...so probably 35 or 70..as E is highest..it is greater than 50...So take 70 again we get D=60, B=40, A=30, C=50.. Testing the values comes with practice...and by scanning the information and answer choices..but it does wonders
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote: Q.) Five friends Alastair, Bell, Cook, Darren and Eoin appeared in an aptitude test. Alastair scored exactly \(\frac{1}{2}\)of Darren’s score, whose score was \(\frac{1}{5}\)th more than Cook’s score. Eoin scored \(\frac{2}{5}\)th more than Cook and Darren’s score was \(\frac{3}{2}\) times that of Bell’s score. If the average score (arithmetic mean) of the group was 50, what was the range of the scores of the group? A. 25 B. 30 C. 35 D. 40 E. 50 Thanks, Saquib Quant Expert eGMATRegister for our Free Session on Number Properties (held every 3rd week) to solve exciting 700+ Level Questions in a classroom environment under the realtime guidance of our Experts First, I just wrote down all of what I could extract from the question. A = (1/2) DD = (1 + 1/5)C = (6/5)CE = (1 + 2/5)C = (7/5)C => C = (5/7)ED= (3/2)B=> A = (1/2) D = (1/2)x (6/5)C= (1/2)x (3/2)B = (1/2)x (6/5)x (5/7)E=> A = (1/2) D = (3/5) C = (3/4) B = (3/7) E=> A : D : C : B : E = 1 : 2 : 5/3 : 4/3 : 7/3 OR we could say: A : D : C : B : E = 3 : 6 : 5 : 4 :7 From the above ratio, we can conclude that the range of the score would be the difference between A & E. The range would be equal to (50x5:18)x(73) = 40. Answer D.




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