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Percent Increases and Decreases## Great video! Just letting you

## Thanks! It's actually both :-

Thanks! It's actually both :-)

It's a question on GMAT Club that's created by Manhattan Prep. The questions listed as GMAT Club are questions created by the people at GMAT Club.

## This question seems ambiguous

## You're referring to the

You're referring to the question that starts at 3:45.

I can see how "net" could cause confusion, since the word has more than one meaning. In this case, "net" refers to the combined effect of the price increase and decrease. I believe we'd have to add a word like "profit" in order to convey the meaning that you're suggesting.

Point taken though - thanks!

## maybe another way to think

1*1.2*0.85 = 1.02

therefore 2% increase

## Yes, that's basically what we

Yes, that's basically what we're doing in the video. Except we're starting with 100 rather than 1.

## How do you know or go about

## Are you're referring to what

Are you're referring to what happens during the official practice tests (the GMATPrep tests)?

On the official practice tests (and on test day), the questions you see are based on your success rate on previous questions. So, if you keep answering questions correctly, you will see harder and harder questions.

Conversely, if you keep getting questions wrong, then you'll be given easier and easier questions.

For more on the GMAT's scoring algorithm, watch https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/general-gmat-strategies/video/1251

## Sorry let me rephrase using

How would you know this is a 650-800 level GMAT quant difficulty question?

## Those categorizations are my

Those categorizations are my best guess at the difficulty levels. I've been teaching the GMAT for quite a while, so I have a good idea of what kinds of questions cause difficulties for students. Also, the practice questions in the Official Guide for GMAT Review are ordered in ascending difficulty, which also helps me gauge difficulty levels.

Of course, I can't be super accurate and say a question is a 590-level question, which is why I provide a range.

## Hi Brent,

Please help me with the solution:

Of the 3,600 employees of Company X, 1/3 are clerical. If the clerical staff were to be reduced by 1/3 what percent of the total number of the remaining employees would then be clerical?

(A) 25 %

(B) 22.2 %

(C) 20 %

(D) 12.5 %

(E) 11.1 %

## If 1/3 of the 3,600 employees

If 1/3 of the 3,600 employees are clerical, then there are 1200 clerical workers.

If 1/3 of the clerical staff are laid off, then 400 of the 1200 clerical workers are laid off.

This means there are 800 clerical workers remaining.

Since 400 workers were laid off, the NEW employee population = 3600 - 400 = 3200

"What percent of the total number of the remaining employees would then be clerical?"

Of the 3200 workers, 800 are clerical workers

800/3200 = 1/4 = 25%

Answer: A

## The cost C of manufacturing a

(A) 40% increase

(B) 12% increase

(C) 4% increase

(D) 12% decrease

(E) 24% decrease

## Let's plug in some nice

Let's plug in some nice values of r, s and t, and then see what happens when we make the given changes.

Let's try r = 10, s = 10 and t = 10

So, cost = 0.03rst² = 0.03(10)(10)(10²) = 3000

If r is increased by 50 %, then r = 15

If s is increased by 20 %, then s = 12

If t is decreased by 30 %, then t = 7

So, NEW cost = 0.03rst² = 0.03(15)(12)(7²)

Let's use some ESTIMATION....

= (0.03)(180)(7²)

= (3/100)(180)(7²)

= (540/100)(7²)

≈ (5.5)(7²)

≈ (5.5)(50)

≈ 275

So, the original cost was $300 and the new cost is $275

This is a DECREASE, so eliminate A, B and C

Percent change = (100)(change)/original

= (100)(300 - 275)/300

= 25/3

≈ 8 1/3%

≈ 8.333%

The closest answer is D, so it must be correct.

## Dear Brent,

Thank you for the reinforcement activity questions. They represent a great pool of questions for various difficulty levels. Though I was able to solve (and understand the explanation for) most of the questions above, this particular question perplexed me and I am still unable to understand the explanations provided underneath the question. Kindly help me understand it in a better and simpler manner if possible. Thanks.

Here's the question for your reference:

A certain salesman's yearly income is determined by a base salary plus a commission on the sales he makes during the year. Was the salesman's commission larger than his base salary last year?

(1) If the amount of the commission had been 30 percent higher, the salesman's total income (salary plus commission) would have been 10 percent higher last year.

(2) The absolute difference between the amount of the salesman's base salary and the amount of the commission was equal to 50 percent of the salesman's base salary last year.

Thanks and Regards,

Aashay

## Glad to help.

Glad to help.

Here's my step-by-step solution: http://www.beatthegmat.com/income-t285243.html#798714

Cheers,

Brent

## First and the Eighth

## Thanks for the heads up!

Thanks for the heads up!

I have deleted the duplicate link

Cheers,

Brent

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