this problem appeared to me in a test simulation platform I am using. I answered 3 and... it was wrong!!
then your "simulation platform" was wrong. what platform would that be?
The reason is pretty simple (once you see the answer):
one golden rule of this forum is that, whenever anyone calls something "simple" or "easy", almost invariably whatever that person writes turns out to be wrong. (a nice lesson in humility)
There can be no ties! So it is not possible to maximize the points of two teams to have 6 points each.
this is incorrect.
when the problem states that there are no ties, that means that there are no ties between/among individual runners
in the race. i.e., only one runner got 1st place, only one runner got 2nd place, etc.
under those circumstances, it's still possible for two teams to earn six points:
* one team can get 1st place (= 5 points) and 5th place (= 1 point).
* one team can get 2nd place (= 4 points) and 4th place (= 2 points).
that leaves only 3rd place for the last team, which will thus earn 3 points.
Congrats if someone gets this right for the first time. I am really surprised (and angry) about how tricky can this exam be...
actually, one remarkable characteristic of the real gmat (as opposed to your flawed "simulation platform", whichever that might be) is that it has no
there are certainly questions on which you must read very carefully, and must double-check to make sure you're obeying all the conditions -- but there aren't really questions that stick their proverbial foot out and trip you up. (if there were such a question, it would get thrown out while it was still experimental -- it wouldn't have the right profile of right and wrong answers.)
on the other hand, if you are using practice-test software with incorrect answers in the key, then ... ya, that's tricky. |: