GMAT Question of the Day Strategies (If you just want to start solving some GMAT Questions Scroll down!) Welcome to GMAT Question of the Day! Before you get started I thought that I might make a few suggestions on how to approach these daily GMAT questions. Also - consider working through the GMAT Sample Questions… Continue Reading

GMAT Question of the Day - Data Sufficiency - Divisibility

What is the greatest common factor of positive integers k and m?

(1) When integer k is divided by two the result is an integer with no prime factors.

GMAT Question of the Day - Data Sufficiency - Overlapping Sets

Of the leopards at a certain zoo, 20% are both spotted and mature. If all the leopards at the zoo are either spotted or not spotted, or mature or immature, is the ratio of the number of immature leopards who are spotted to the number of immature leopards who are not spotted greater than 1?

(1) If the number of immature spotted leopards doubled than there would be 102 total leopards at the zoo.

(2) If the number of immature but not spotted leopards were decreased by a half there would 86 total leopards at the zoo.

This overlapping sets question might leave you feeling a bit empty. Thinking - what was the point of that? Well, the point of that was to define the information that you were given and then to realize that you didn't have enough to answer the questions. That's what DS questions with an "E" answer are like. Sometimes there is no further meaning than just plain old insufficient.

More GMAT overlapping sets practice questions!

Here's an overlapping sets question that adds in a bit of probability. Don't let the probability component get in your way! Often, probability questions are easy. Take it step by step.

Here's one from GMAT Question of the Day that's in the same vein. It also has percents/proportions and will give excellent practice using the two group overlapping sets matrix.

This one is a bit different but will still give you 2 group practice and will give you exposure to overlapping sets on data sufficiency which often comes down to systems of questions/counting equations.

GMAT Question of the Day - Problem Solving - Percent

At the beginning of the year in town X, 30% of the population had liberal values. At the end of the year the total population had grown by 12% and the proportion of the population with liberal values had decreased by 5%. From the beginning of the year to the end of the year what was the approximate percent increase in the number of people in town x with non-liberal values?

Here comes another challenging GMAT word problem. In GMAT tutoring the lesson on word problems revolves around three things:

1. Taking the time to read and process before calculating

2. Defining the question

3. Looking for ways to simplify (reduce, factor, approximate)

In this case we are looking for the percent change (a GMAT subject that comes up pretty often) of the non-liberal population. We're only given proportions so it might be helpful to pick some values. For this type of question you'll generally be picking a value for the total population from which you'll derive the rest of the values. There are some questions for which you'll pick multiple values but that should be evident from the wording of the question. In percent questions a total that is a multiple of 100 tends to work pretty well.

It is super helpful to define what you are looking for. If you fail to do so this question could become and arithmetic nightmare. If you plan well, with one tiny approximation (moving 143 up to 145) you end up with a very clean result. If you were completely stuck you could do come educated guessing on this one. You know that the population went up 12% but that the increase in non-liberals was greater than the increase in liberals. So the increase in non-liberals must have been greater than 12%. That eliminates A, B, and C.