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Target Test Prep Sample GMAT Problems

Below is a mixture of sample GMAT problem solving and data sufficiency questions. Although challenging, these questions cover a wide range of topics that you could see on your GMAT, ranging from Number Properties to Statistics to Geometry.

These ten questions were handpicked from the Target Test Prep question bank, which includes over 2,400 quantitative practice GMAT questions. So don’t be shy; give it a shot and see how you do!

Example 1

If x and y are positive integers, what is the units digit of 7xy+y?

1) x16=n, where n is a positive integer.

2) y8=m, where m is a positive integer.

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Question Stem Analysis:

The units digits of powers of 7 follow the four-number pattern 7–9–3–1. We need to determine the units digit of 7xy+y. It may be helpful to simplify 7xy+y to (7xy)×(7y).

Statement One Alone:

x16=n, where n is a positive integer.

We can restate this as x = 16n. Because n is an integer, it must be true that x is a multiple of 16. This means that xy is a multiple of 16 because the product of 16 and any positive integer is a multiple of 16. Because 16 is a multiple of 4, we also know that xy is a multiple of 4. However, because we do not know anything about y, statement one alone is not sufficient.

Eliminate answer choices A and D.

Statement Two Alone:

y8=m, where m is a positive integer.

We can restate this as y = 8m. Because m is an integer, it must be true that y is a multiple of 8. This also means that xy is a multiple of 8. We can now think about this as (7multiple of 8)×(7multiple of 8), and because 8 is a multiple of 4, we can further simplify our thinking to (7multiple of 4)×(7multiple of 4). We know that all powers of 7 that are multiples of 4 have a units digit of 1. Thus, the units digit of x=t2 is 1 × 1 = 1. Statement two alone is sufficient.

Answer: B

Example 2

In a certain 120-person orchestra, each musician plays one or more of the following musical instruments: the piano, the violin, or the tuba. A total of 50 musicians play the violin, 70 musicians play the piano, and 60 musicians play the tuba. If 30 musicians play exactly two of the instruments, how many musicians play exactly all three of the instruments?

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We’re looking for the number of musicians who play exactly three instruments.

Total # of Unique Elements = # in (Group A) + # in (Group B) + # in (Group C) – # in (Groups of Exactly Two) – 2[#in (Group of Exactly Three)] + # in (Neither)

Let T = # in (Group of Exactly Three)

120 = 50 + 70 + 60 – 30 – 2(T) + 0

120 = 150 – 2T

2T = 30

T= 15

Thus, 15 people play exactly all three instruments. Notice that since each musician must play one or more of the three instruments, the number of people in the Neither region is zero.

Answer: D

Example 3

Last Sunday, the Stewart Vineyard ran a price promotion in which it sold red wine for r dollars per case and white wine for w dollars per case. What was the ratio of the revenue from red wine to the revenue from white wine?

1) Last Sunday, the Stewart Vineyard sold each case of red wine for 3 times as much as each case of white wine.

2) Last Sunday, the Stewart Vineyard sold 2 times as many cases of white wine as it sold of red wine.

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Question Stem Analysis:

If we let x = the number of cases of red wine sold, the revenue from red wine can be expressed as rx. Similarly, if we let y = the number of cases of white wine sold, the revenue from white wine can be expressed as wy. Thus, the ratio we’re looking for is

revenue from red winerevenue from white wine=rxwy

Remember that we’ll need to produce a constant ratio in order to produce a meaningful ratio.

Statement One Alone:

Last Sunday, the Stewart Vineyard sold each case of red wine for 3 times as much as each case of white wine.

This means that r = 3w, which we can substitute for r in our ratio:

revenue from red winerevenue from white wine=3wxwy=3xy

This is not sufficient because there are still two different variables in the fraction. Different values of x and y would change the value of the fraction. Statement one alone is not sufficient.

Eliminate answer choices A and D.                                              

Statement Two Alone:

Last Sunday, the Stewart Vineyard sold 2 times as many cases of white wine as it sold of red wine.

This means that y = 2x, which we can substitute for y in our ratio:

revenue from red winerevenue from white wine=rxw2x=r2w

This ratio is not sufficient because there are two different variables in the fraction. Different values of r and w would change the value of the fraction. Statement two alone is not sufficient.

Eliminate answer choice B.

Statements One and Two Together:

Substituting the information from both statements for variables in our original ratio, we can produce the following fraction:

revenue from red winerevenue from white wine=3wxw2x=32

Thus, the ratio of revenue from red wine to revenue from white wine is 3:2. Statements one and two together are sufficient to answer the question.

Answer: C

Example 4

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In the regular hexagon above, what is the value of a + b + c + d + e + f + g + h + i + j + k + l?

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The sum of the exterior angles of any polygon is 360°. However, this statement is only true when we take only one exterior angle per vertex and add up only the measures of each of those angles. Here there are actually two exterior angles per vertex, a situation that will yield two sets of exterior angles. We can consider angles a, c, e, g, i, k as one set and angles b, d, f, h, j, and l as the other. Since each of these two sets of exterior angles adds up to 360°, the two sets together give us a total of 2 × 360° =  720°.

Answer: D

Example 5

If 5x5x1=500, what is the value of (x - 1)2?

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We should recognize that we have subtraction of bases with exponents. This means before we can combine the equation’s terms, we need to factor out common factors. However, to help see what we can factor out, we can rewrite the equation.

5x5x1=5005x(5)x(5)1=500

Now we can easily see to factor out the common term of 5x. We now have:

5x(5)x(5)1=5005x(151)=5005x(115)=5005x×45=500

Our next step is to break down all the values into prime factors. This will make canceling out much easier.

5x×45=5005x×225=53×225x=53×22×5225x=54x=4

Finally, we have to solve for (x – 1)2, so (4 – 1)2 = 32 = 9

Answer: C

Example 6

How many digits are in the number 508 × 83 × 112?

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The first step is to prime factorize the number  508×83×112. This becomes:

508×83×112(5×5×2)8×(29)×112516×28×29×112516×217×112

The sixteen (5 × 2) pairs contribute a total of sixteen trailing zeros to the number. One 2 and two 11’s remain. The product of (2 × 11 × 11) = 242, which is 3 digits. Thus, the number has (16 + 3) = 19 total digits.

Answer: D

Example 7

Thomas was riding his bike at a constant rate to the store, which is 60 miles away. If Thomas had ridden his bike 2 miles per hour faster than he actually did, he would have saved one hour. How fast did he actually ride to the store?

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This is an if/then rate question. We’re given a hypothetical “if” scenario, and we need to use this to determine the actual scenario. We are told that the distance traveled was 60 miles. Most importantly, we are told that the hypothetical speed was 2 mph faster than the actual speed. Since we do not have any values for the actual speed, we can express the actual speed as r and the faster speed as (r+2).

 

Rate

Time

Distance

Actual Speed

rmileshour

 

60 miles

Faster Speed

(r+2)mileshour

 

60 miles

Now we have enough information to determine the faster and slower times:

timeactual speed=distancerate=60 milesr mileshour=60 miles1×hourr miles=60r hourstimefaster speed=distancerate=60 miles(r+2) mileshour=60 miles1×hour(r+2) miles=60(r+2) hours

 

Rate

Time

Distance

Actual Speed

r mileshour

60rhours

60 miles

Faster Speed

(r+2) mileshour

60(r+2)hours

60 miles

We can now set up an equation using the travel time. We know that if Thomas had ridden at the faster speed, he would have arrived 1 hour earlier. Hence:

⇒ Faster Time + 1 Hour =  Slower Time 60 r + 2 + 1 = 60 r r ( r + 2 ) ( 60 r + 2 + 1 ) = 60 r 60 r + r ( r + 2 ) = 60 ( r + 2 ) 60 r + r 2 + 2 r = 60 r + 120   r 2 + 2 r - 120 = 0 ( r + 12 ) ( r - 10 ) = 0 r = - 12 ,  r = 10

Since we cannot have a negative rate, Thomas’s actual rate was 10 mph.

Answer: B

Example 8

At a dinner party, 40 percent of the guests wore both jackets and ties. If 50 percent of the guests who wore jackets did not wear ties, what percent of the guests wore jackets?

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We can assume that there are 100 guests at the dinner party since no specific number of guests is defined. This assumption results in having 40 people wear both jackets and ties. The second sentence takes some care. Since we don’t know the number of guests who wore jackets, we can let the variable J represent that number. This means that the guests who did wear a jacket but not a tie can be represented as 0.50J.

 

Jacket

No Jacket

Total

Tie

40

   

No Tie

0.50J

   

Total

J

 

100

At this point, we’ve produced an equation in the matrix. We know that

40 + 0.50 J = J 40 = 0.50 J 400 = 5 J J = 80

Thus, 80 guests wore jackets, which means that 80 percent of the guests wore jackets.

Answer: E

Example 9

If y 0, what is the value of x?

1)    yx=4yx6y

2)    y = 2

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Question Stem Analysis:

We must determine the value of x.

Statement One Alone:

yx=4yx6y

Most students will see this equation and conclude that it cannot be used to determine a unique value for x because it contains another unknown variable, y. However, if y can be removed from the equation, x will be the only unknown. Indeed, this one equation is sufficient to determine the value of x.

yx=4yx6yx(yx=4yx6y)y=4y6yx1=46x6x=3x=12

Statement one alone is sufficient. (Notice that since y 0, we can divide both sides of y = 4y – 6yx by y to obtain 1 = 4 – 6y. Had we not known that y 0, we could not have.)

Eliminate answer choices B, C, and D.

Statement Two Alone:

y = 2

With no information given about x, statement two alone is not sufficient.

Answer: A

Example 10

If the average (arithmetic mean) grade of x students in a particular class is 90, what is the average (arithmetic mean) grade received by the left-handed students?

1)  There are a total of 20 students in the class.

2)  There are x5 right-handed students in the class; together, they receive an average score of 95.

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Question Stem Analysis:

We must determine the average grade of the left-handed students. The average grade of all the students can be expressed as

A v e r a g e Grade =  ( r i g h t   ×   a v g   g r a d e  of right )   +   ( l e f t   ×   a v g   g r a d e  of left ) l e f t   +   r i g h t

Statement One Alone:

There are a total of 20 students in the class.

Merely knowing the total number of students doesn’t allow us to weight either group of students. Statement one alone is not sufficient.

Eliminate answer choices A and D.

Statement Two Alone:

There are x5 right-handed students in the class; together, they receive an average score of 95.

Since there are x5 right-handed students in the class, there are xx5=5x5x5=4x5 left-handed students.

We can insert these values into the equation:

A v e r a g e  Grade =  ( r i g h t   ×   a v g   g r a d e )   +   ( l e f t   ×   a v g   g r a d e ) l e f t   +   r i g h t 90  ( x 5   ×  95 )   +   ( 4 x 5   ×   L ) x 5 [ 90 x  =  ( x 5 × 95 )   +   ( 4 x 5 × L ) ] 450 x = 95 x + 4 x L 450 = 95 + 4 L 355 = 4 L L = 88.75

Statement two alone is sufficient.

Answer: B
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