Hi All,

Both barakhaiev and subhashghosh have correctly answer this question, albeit doing the "math" in slightly different ways.

This type of question is relatively rare on the GMAT, but it's more likely to show up when you're scoring at a high level in the Quant section, so the basic ideas behind it are worth memorizing. You have to figure out each individual combination, then multiply the results.

Sometimes the answer choices are "spread out" enough that you can take advantage of that pattern and avoid a little bit of work (and save a little bit of time).

Here, choosing 2 women from a group of 11 is 11c2 = 11!/(2!9!) = (11)(10)/(2)(1) = 55

Choosing 2 men from a group of 9 men is 9c2 = 9!/(2!7!) = (9)(8)/(2)(1) = 36

Now we just have to multiply these two values together: (55)(36).

Since (50)(30) = 1500, and (55)(36) is going to be MUCH LARGER than 1500, there's really only one answer that could possibly be correct.

Final Answer:

Keep the answer choices in mind when you're doing your work; they often provide 'clues' as how best to proceed and potential patterns or shortcuts in how the "math" will work.

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Rich

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