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SC - If cats were allowed to breed

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It is thought that if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.

a) if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.
b) more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately.

Confused between these 2 options.The OA is b.However, I need to know as to why option a is incorrect.
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Sagar5999 wrote:
It is thought that if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.

a) if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.
b) more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately.

Confused between these 2 options.The OA is b.However, I need to know as to why option a is incorrect.

Dear Sagar5999,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, first of all, when you post a question anywhere on GMAT club,
(a) always give all five options, even if you know why three of them are wrong
(b) always identify the source, the folks who wrote the question.

This SC practice question does not represent the GMAT. There is no meaningful difference between these two choices, certainly nothing that the GMAT would be likely to test. This is an abysmal question. I don't know the source of it, but I have my doubt.

What you need to understand is that, in the GMAT preparation space, there are some very good SC practice questions, and many truly horrible questions. MGMAT and Magoosh have strong question, and I have been impressed with many of the Veritas questions I have seen. I won't name the other companies, but I have seen horrendous questions from some other companies. As a student, you can't afford to be naive: you can simply trust that all GMAT SC practice questions are of the same quality. You need to investigate question quality critically. Practicing low quality questions such as the one you cite will not prepare you for the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Sagar5999 wrote:
It is thought that if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.

a) if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.
b) more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately.

Confused between these 2 options.The OA is b.However, I need to know as to why option a is incorrect.

Dear Sagar5999,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, first of all, when you post a question anywhere on GMAT club,
(a) always give all five options, even if you know why three of them are wrong
(b) always identify the source, the folks who wrote the question.

This SC practice question does not represent the GMAT. There is no meaningful difference between these two choices, certainly nothing that the GMAT would be likely to test. This is an abysmal question. I don't know the source of it, but I have my doubt.





What you need to understand is that, in the GMAT preparation space, there are some very good SC practice questions, and many truly horrible questions. MGMAT and Magoosh have strong question, and I have been impressed with many of the Veritas questions I have seen. I won't name the other companies, but I have seen horrendous questions from some other companies. As a student, you can't afford to be naive: you can simply trust that all GMAT SC practice questions are of the same quality. You need to investigate question quality critically. Practicing low quality questions such as the one you cite will not prepare you for the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)



The above question was a part of "The Economist" Gmat Prep.Anyways, thanx a lot.
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