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Order of Operations: Which is First

GMAT-6TGPXP

INSTRUCTIONS

This data sufficiency problem consists of a question and two statements, labeled (1) and (2), in which certain data are given. You have to decide whether the data given in the statements are sufficient for answering the question. Using the data given in the statements, plus your knowledge of mathematics and everyday facts, you must indicate whether:

  • Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.

  • Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.

  • BOTH statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question asked, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.

  • EACH statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.

  • Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data specific to the problem are needed.

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QUESTION

In a certain numeric expression, there is a multiplication sign and a division sign.

Which operation (multiplication or division) should you perform first?

(1) There are no parentheses in the expression.
(2) The multiplication sign occurs to the left of the division sign.

A

Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.

B

Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.

C

BOTH statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question asked, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.

D

EACH statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.

E

Statement (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data are needed.