Don’t get caught assuming too much on the GMAT. They are looking for students to make big assumptions when they are trying to save time.

In this Data Sufficiency question, there is a big trap for anyone who assumes too much about the problem.

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Hello but why we can’t replace x with y from the second equation like this:

5x+3(5-5/3x)=15

5x+15-14x=15

-9x+15=15

-9x=0

x=0

Hi Mahmoud,

The problem is that both equations are exactly the same, but written slightly differently. So, you cannot plug in an equation into itself. Let me prove it! The reason you got an answer above is that there was a slight careless error in your calculations.

5x + 3(5-(5/3)x) = 15 [Distribute the “3”]

5x + 15 – 5x = 15 [Combine like terms]

15 = 15

This does not prove anything. This happened because we used an equation on itself! I hope this helps! 😀

This is fantastic.

I keep falling for this.

Thanks for this lesson

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Hi Sonal! 😀

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Happy Studying!