Just a heads up. I have posted once before as to how answer choices are sometimes too close forcing you to calculate even when question asks for "approximate" result. Another ridiculous PP question I came across, was in data interpretation, about govt aid to so households.
After reading the relevant things from the graph, you get the answer as approx 320*4.1*10^6, which is 1271*10^6. Then you look at the answer choices and you are at first taken aback that nothing close to 12 is anywhere there. Your answer seems to fall right in the hole between two choices. This may force you to recheck your results and waste some time.
Here you are forced to choose between two almost equally INCORRECT results D and E. You need to find the mean of D and E as 12*10^6 and then choose E because answer is slightly above the mean!! IMO, pathetic and cheap tricks unbecoming of a standardized test. So don't expect your calculations to end when you got the "answer", you may need to further calculate to eliminate intentionally misleading answer choices.
I am not saying that the question is ambiguous because from the graph, you see that (value over 3)* (value over 4) will give you (value over 12), but why not test that in another question, rather than screwing with answer choices?
ETS seems to be losing sight of what is the point of setting an exam questions. Is it to test key concepts, or trick the person into getting wrong answers even when they obviously know the concept being tested? If latter is the requirement, all they need is a bunch of optical illusions.
Last edited by e.cartman; 07-27-2008 at 06:59 AM.
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