• 7 CATs FREE!
    If you earn 100 Forum Points

    Engage in the Beat The GMAT forums to earn
    100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE

    Veritas Prep
    VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS
    Earn 10 Points Per Post
    Earn 10 Points Per Thanks
    Earn 10 Points Per Upvote
    REDEEM NOW

A company has 400 employees, 20 percent of whom have 5...

This topic has 2 expert replies and 0 member replies

A company has 400 employees, 20 percent of whom have 5...

Post
A company has 400 employees, 20 percent of whom have 5 or more years of work experience. If 40 additional employees are to be hired and all of the present employees remain, how many of the additional employees must have 5 or more years of work experience in order to raise the percentage of employees with 5 or more years of work experience to 25 percent?

A. 10
B. 15
C. 20
D. 25
E. 30

The OA is E.

It can be solve as follow,

20% of 400 is 0.2 * 400 = 80 employees with 5 or more exp.

If that company hires 40 new employees, the total employees are 440.

25% of 440 is 0.25 * 440 = 110 employees with 5 or more exp.

The additional employees with 5 or more exp are: 110 - 80 = 30, right?

Is there another strategic approach to this question? Can any experts help?

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
16 Dec 2014
Posted:
94 messages
Followed by:
4 members
Upvotes:
2
GMAT Score:
770
Post
AAPL wrote:
A company has 400 employees, 20 percent of whom have 5 or more years of work experience. If 40 additional employees are to be hired and all of the present employees remain, how many of the additional employees must have 5 or more years of work experience in order to raise the percentage of employees with 5 or more years of work experience to 25 percent?

A. 10
B. 15
C. 20
D. 25
E. 30

The OA is E.

It can be solve as follow,

20% of 400 is 0.2 * 400 = 80 employees with 5 or more exp.

If that company hires 40 new employees, the total employees are 440.

25% of 440 is 0.25 * 440 = 110 employees with 5 or more exp.

The additional employees with 5 or more exp are: 110 - 80 = 30, right?

Is there another strategic approach to this question? Can any experts help?
I would solve it the way you did it --> simple, clean, logical.

If you want another approach you could do it with weighted averages:

20*(10/11) + x(1/11) = 25
200 + x = 275
x = 75

So 75% of the 40 people need to have 5 years or more work experience.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

Post
AAPL wrote:
A company has 400 employees, 20 percent of whom have 5 or more years of work experience. If 40 additional employees are to be hired and all of the present employees remain, how many of the additional employees must have 5 or more years of work experience in order to raise the percentage of employees with 5 or more years of work experience to 25 percent?

A. 10
B. 15
C. 20
D. 25
E. 30
We are given that a company has 400 employees and that 0.2 x 400 = 80 employees have 5 or more years of work experience.

We need to determine, if 40 more employees were hired, how many of those employees would need to have 5 or more years of work experience in order to raise the percent of employees with 5 or more years of work experience to 25 percent.

We can create the following equation in which x = the number of additional employees who have 5 or more years of work experience:

(80 + x)/(400 + 40) = 25/100

(80 + x)/440 = 1/4

4(80 + x) = 440

80 + x = 110

x = 30

Answer: E

_________________
Jeffrey Miller Head of GMAT Instruction

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep
  • The Princeton Review
    FREE GMAT Exam
    Know how you'd score today for $0

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    The Princeton Review
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh

Top First Responders*

1 Brent@GMATPrepNow 68 first replies
2 fskilnik@GMATH 56 first replies
3 Jay@ManhattanReview 39 first replies
4 GMATGuruNY 35 first replies
5 Rich.C@EMPOWERgma... 31 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

Most Active Experts

1 image description fskilnik@GMATH

GMATH Teacher

130 posts
2 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

101 posts
3 image description Max@Math Revolution

Math Revolution

84 posts
4 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...

EMPOWERgmat

79 posts
5 image description Jay@ManhattanReview

Manhattan Review

76 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts