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# GRE Weekly Challenge #6

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GMAT Club invites you to test your GRE knowledge for a chance to win! Each week, we will post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for a free Manhattan GRE Strategy guide (e-book). What are you waiting for? Get out your scrap paper and start solving! Click here to view contest & prize details

This week's question:
A survey was sent to 80 customers, 7 of whom responded. Then the survey was redesigned and sent to another 63 customers, 9 of whom responded. By approximately what percent did the response rate increase from the original survey to the redesigned survey?
A.) 2%
B.) 5%
C.) 14%
D.) 28%
E.) 63%

Please post your answer, along with the explanation, below. Get cracking!

Edit: This challenge is now closed.

Solution
To calculate the percent increase of any value, we use this formula: (New – Old)/Old. In other words, we subtract the original value (Old) from the increased value (New), then divide the result by the original value (Old). Even though the values themselves may be written using percents, we must be sure to divide by the original value.

In this problem, the original response rate is 7/80. The new response rate is 9/63, or 1/7. The difference is 1/7 – 7/80. We convert to common denominators: 80/560 – 49/560 = 31/560. Now, we divide by the original value, 7/80. Doing so is the same as multiplying by 80/7. This gives us (31/560)(80/7) = 31/49. Estimating, we can see that this fraction is slightly more than 30/50, which is 60/100 or 60%. Thus, the correct answer must be (E): 63%.

Note that the response rates may be written as percents. For instance, the original response rate = 7/80 = 0.0875 = 8.75%. Likewise, the new response rate = 9/63 = 1/7 = ~14.3%. However, if you write these rates this way, do not simply take the difference! That difference, approximately 5 or 6%, does NOT represent the percent increase in the response rate. You must divide by the original response rate.

Again, the correct answer is (E).

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The initial response rate was 7/80=35/400=35/4%=8.75%
New response rate becomes 9/63=1/7=100/7%=14.3%

The percentage increase is the response rate then is equal to (14.3-8.75)/8.75=5.55/8.75=555/875=111/175=63.5%
The closest answer is 63%.

So, the answer is E.
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response rate for the original survey was 7/80 = 8.75%

response rate for the redesigned survey = 9/63 = 14.29%

% increase = (14.29 - 8.75) /8.75 = ~ 63%

Therefore, the answer is E) 63

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A survey was sent to 80 customers, 7 of whom responded. Then the survey was redesigned and sent to another 63 customers, 9 of whom responded. By approximately what percent did the response rate increase from the original survey to the redesigned survey?
A.) 2%
B.) 5%
C.) 14%
D.) 28%
E.) 63%

7/80 - 9/63 = X (where X is the change in percent)
7 - 720/63 = 80X
441 - 720 = 5040X
279 = 5040X
X = 279/5040
X = .055 = 5.5%

Correct answer: B.) 5%

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Ans B

9/63 - 7/80 = 31/560 = 5.5%

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E is the answer......

1st case : 7/80
2nd case :9/63

%increase =((9/63)-(7/80))*100 divided by (7/80)
=63%

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Answer - B -approx 5%

7/80 = 0.0875 = 8.7% replied

9/63 = 0.14285 = 14.2% replied

now converting the 1st survey data to compare with the 2nd survey.......

7 out of 80 on 1st means (7*63)/80 out of 2nd i.e 5.5125 replies.
therefore comparing both % increase = (9-5.5125)/63 = 0.0535 = 5.35% = 5%

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The correct answer is E: 63%

7/80 is approximately 9%
9/63 is approximately 15%

0,15 / 0,09 - 1 is definetly greater than 0,28

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out of 80 ,7 responded
Response rate = 7/80
out of 63 ,9 responded
Response Rate = 9/63 = 1/7

Percentage increase =
(difference/original) *100
(1/7-7/80)/7/80 * 100
= 31*80 / (49 * 80) * 100
= 31/49 * 100
approx 63%
Answer E

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E.) 63%

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