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# Manager: Accounting and Billing are located right next to

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16 Dec 2010, 08:32
I'd go with E too. The only one that makes sense
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17 Dec 2010, 08:15
good explanation its certainly E
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20 Dec 2011, 13:40
Before reading the answer choices, I thought if once has more staff, then supplies cost more. I understand how it can be E, but why not A?
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21 Dec 2011, 03:39
Choice E is correct. choice C is not support because it neglected the comparison between Accounting department and Billing department
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26 Dec 2011, 07:01
E

Need to support Billing department high cost of supplies
A ) is negative
B ) is negative
C ) it needs more supplies but does not tells why its higher then accounting
D ) does not prove why billing department cost is high
E ) proves the point
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20 Dec 2012, 09:14

rkatl wrote:
Manager: Accounting and Billing are located right next to each other and the two departments do similar kinds of work; yet expenditures for clerical supplies charged to Billing are much higher. Is Billing wasting supplies?
Head of Billing: Not at all.

Translation: Is the Billing department wasting clerical supplies?

Which of the following, if true, best supports the position of the Head of Billing?

(A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.

Head of Billing: we're not wasting supplies... accounting has more people using less supplies than we are! Clearly illogical

(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.

Head of Billing: we're not wasting supplies... because two years ago we used the same as Accounting. Doesn't work.

(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.

Head of Billing: we're not wasting supplies... because we now require thirteen different colors of Post-Its... Nope!

(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.

Head of Billing: we're not wasting supplies... though there is still a discrepancy in the receipts, some of our work is now done on computers. No way!

(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.

Head of Billing: we're not wasting supplies... our supplies are frequently utilized by both departments and assuming that only the Billing department accesses our supply cabinet will make it appear we are using more.

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20 Dec 2012, 13:25
E looks like the most logical choice here.
However the question is not very GMAT like.
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20 Dec 2012, 20:28
Lets go to each option at one time -
A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.
-> Doesnot relate to high volumes in BIlling.Hence, doesnot support the Head of Billing position.
(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.
-> Para doesnot require explanation on increasing Billing Expense and reducing Accounting Expense.
(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.
-> Wide variety doesnot mean large volumes.
(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.
-> Doesnot relate.
(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.
-> Supports the fact why Billing's supplies volumes are higher than accounting.Offers a good position to Head of Billing.
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20 Dec 2012, 22:12
I think the question is Sub 600 level.This gives a sense of mixed level of question on which gmat tests us
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16 Dec 2013, 06:30
One vote for E!!! D is making no sense!
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16 Dec 2013, 18:34
Manager: Accounting and Billing are located right next to each other and the two departments do similar kinds of work; yet expenditures for clerical supplies charged to Billing are much higher. Is Billing wasting supplies?
Head of Billing: Not at all.
Which of the following, if true, best supports the position of the Head of Billing?
(A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.
(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.
(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.
(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.
(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.

'C' mentions that Billing now requires wider variety of clerical supplies than earlier... It does not say wider variety when compared to Accounting. Some could say " so what.... even accounting now requires wider variety of clerical supplies than earlier. hence "C" is wrong.

" E" is not clear. Is Billing using more supplies only because it has a more convenient Cabinet...and accounting guy not doing his job completely since he is using less supplies as his cabinet is not convenient....Or is it that Accounting guys are going to billing guys to collect supplies and hence more expenditure is being shown against billing guys? Logic of both these choices are week......The only reason to select this as answer appears that bal four choices are out rightly incorrect.
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03 Jan 2014, 13:51
To support the Billing Head, we need another explanation for the higher expenditure of the Billing.

A) More staff doesn't guarantee higher expenses
B) The story 2 years ago is irrelevant
C) Wider variety of supplies doesn't mean higher expenses.
D) Irrelevant
E) Correct. The higher expenditure of the Billing could be attributed partly to the members of the Accounting => the Billing isn't wasting supplies
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06 Jan 2014, 03:17

Two nearby departments (A & B) doing similar work but clerical supply charged to B is much higher. The question was raised whether the increase in charges was due to the fact that "B is wasting the resources". What could be the possible reasons, I thought of following concerns before going to answer choices:
1. The number of employees in B are more than A
2. B was charged more than A for the same supplies

Now lets move to the answer choices:
(A) Yes, it could be
(B),(C) and (D): Out
(E): Correct Answer. Since the members of A are using the supplies actually billed to B. This is the correct answer.

Choice (A) is incorrect. Although premise says that both departments do similar kind of work and hence one inference would be that both departments MAY require similar sort of supply or MAY be different supplies due to difference in requirements/competencies/usage/wastage of the people in either departments. We can not conclude it precisely.

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11 Mar 2015, 23:59
Why (C) is Wrong.

Question states that "yet expenditures for clerical supplies charged to Billing are much higher. Is Billing wasting supplies?

Clearly a solid explanation is required to show that why expenditures of Billing are high compared to Accounting.

(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.
This simply states that Billing now requires wide variety of supplies. It can imply that the expenditure is also increased. But nothing to show the comparison, as it could be that Accounting expenditure has also increased during this time.

Only (E) refers to a valid comparison to expenditures by both departments
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17 Feb 2018, 07:14
rkatl wrote:
Manager: Accounting and Billing are located right next to each other and the two departments do similar kinds of work; yet expenditures for clerical supplies charged to Billing are much higher. Is Billing wasting supplies?
Head of Billing: Not at all.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the position of the Head of Billing?

(A) There are more staff members in Accounting than in Billing.
(B) Two years ago, expenditures in Accounting for clerical supplies were the same as were expenditures that year in Billing for clerical supplies.
(C) The work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past.
(D) Some of the paper-and-pencil work of both Accounting and Billing has been replaced by work done on computers.
(E) Members of Accounting found the clerical supplies cabinet of Billing more convenient to go to for supplies than their own department’s cabinet.

Choice C is a trap answer. It says work of Billing now requires a wider variety of clerical supplies than it did in the past. But it does not help to justify why there is an increase in expenditures for Billing.

Choice E rightly points out that because Accounting members use clerical supplies cabinet of Billing most of the time, Billing is being charged more for expenditures on clerical supplies.

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20 Feb 2019, 09:07
ps_dahiya wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Not at all possible. OA should be E.

Why is C wrong ?

Wider variety of supplies does not guarantee larger volume of supplies.

Also, the question informs that both accounting & billing do similar work. So it means that the resources needed to perform the task should also be similar.
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