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In Class A, the majority of scores are 3 and 4, with only a few scores of 0, 1, 2, and 5; the average score is between 3 and 4. In Class B, the scores are evenly spread out, with many scores not close to the average score, which is 2.5. Because the scores in Class A are more closely clustered around the mean, the standard deviation of the scores in Class A is smaller. The correct answer is choice A.

This is SAT question. Many people say that SAT math is easier than that of GMAT. According to what I learned on GMAT the right answer is B, because the smallest standard deviation = 0. According to SAT the right answer is A, althought the set A has positive standard deviation which is greater than 0 (s.d. of set B).

Is there any mistake in my thoughts?

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See the question in attached pic.

Official explanation (SAT):

In Class A, the majority of scores are 3 and 4, with only a few scores of 0, 1, 2, and 5; the average score is between 3 and 4. In Class B, the scores are evenly spread out, with many scores not close to the average score, which is 2.5. Because the scores in Class A are more closely clustered around the mean, the standard deviation of the scores in Class A is smaller. The correct answer is choice A.

This is SAT question. Many people say that SAT math is easier than that of GMAT. According to what I learned on GMAT the right answer is B, because the smallest standard deviation = 0. According to SAT the right answer is A, althought the set A has positive standard deviation which is greater than 0 (s.d. of set B).

Is there any mistake in my thoughts?


Yes, there is a mistake in your analysis of the figure..
In B the SD is not 0, you are not finding SD of 4,4,4,4,4 but of 0,0,0,0,1,1,1,1,2,2,2......5,5,5,5
So they are evenly spread around 2.5
On other hand SD of A is based on 0,1,2,2,2,,3,3,3,3,....,5..
Here max of the numbers are closer to 2.5 with 8 of them at 3 and at 4.. so SD will be lesser for A

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Thanks, that makes sense
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