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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Last year Manfred received 26 paychecks... ##### This topic has expert replies Moderator Posts: 1198 Joined: 29 Oct 2017 Followed by:2 members ### Last year Manfred received 26 paychecks... by AAPL » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:04 pm Last year Manfred received 26 paychecks. Each of his first 6 paychecks was$750; each of his remaining paychecks was $30 more than each of his first 6 paychecks. To the nearest dollar, what was the average (arithmetic mean) amount of his paychecks for the year? A.$752
B. $755 C.$765
D. $773 E.$775

The OA is D.

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by DavidG@VeritasPrep » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:12 pm
AAPL wrote:Last year Manfred received 26 paychecks. Each of his first 6 paychecks was $750; each of his remaining paychecks was$30 more than each of his first 6 paychecks. To the nearest dollar, what was the average (arithmetic mean) amount of his paychecks for the year?

A. $752 B.$755
C. $765 D.$773
E. $775 The OA is D. I don't have clear this PS question, I appreciate if any expert explain it for me. Thank you so much. You could just do simple arithmetic. The first 6 paychecks were$750, for a total of 6*750 = 4500. The next 20 paychecks were all for 780 for a total of 20*780 = 15600. In all, the paychecks were worth 4500 + 15600 = 20,100. On average, the 26 checks would be worth 20,100/26 = about 773. The answer is D.
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Save $100 off any live Veritas Prep GMAT Course Legendary Member Posts: 2666 Joined: 14 Jan 2015 Location: Boston, MA Thanked: 1153 times Followed by:125 members GMAT Score:770 by DavidG@VeritasPrep » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:18 pm AAPL wrote:Last year Manfred received 26 paychecks. Each of his first 6 paychecks was$750; each of his remaining paychecks was $30 more than each of his first 6 paychecks. To the nearest dollar, what was the average (arithmetic mean) amount of his paychecks for the year? A.$752
B. $755 C.$765
D. $773 E.$775

The OA is D.

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You could also use the number line. We know that the ratio of 750 checks to 780 checks is 6:20 or 3:10. So let's call the distance from each check to the overall average 10x and 3x. (We know that the overall average will be far closer to 780 than 750 as there are far more 780 checks, so the 3x will represent the gap between the 780 and the overall average and the 10x will represent the gap between 750 and the overall average.) Our number line will look like this:

750------------10x---------AVG--3x--780

10x + 3x = 780-750
13x = 30
x = 30/13
3x = 90/13, which is very close to 7.

So the AVG = 780 - 7 = 773. The answer is D
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Save $100 off any live Veritas Prep GMAT Course ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Posts: 4039 Joined: 25 Apr 2015 Location: Los Angeles, CA Thanked: 43 times Followed by:20 members by Scott@TargetTestPrep » Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:58 pm AAPL wrote:Last year Manfred received 26 paychecks. Each of his first 6 paychecks was$750; each of his remaining paychecks was $30 more than each of his first 6 paychecks. To the nearest dollar, what was the average (arithmetic mean) amount of his paychecks for the year? A.$752
B. $755 C.$765
D. $773 E.$775

The OA is D.

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Manfred received 6 paychecks of $750 each and 20 paychecks of$780 each.

The first 6 paychecks summed to 6(750) = 4,500.

The next 20 paychecks summed to 20(780) = 15,600.

So, the average of all the checks is:

(4,500 + 15,600)/26 = 20,100/26 â‰ˆ 773