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 June 9th, 2014, 10:07 PM #1 Newbie   Joined: Jun 2014 From: Hot Springs, AR Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Simple or trick question? Code:  TABLE RM3 STORE SALES SHIFT 1 SHIFT 2 SHIFT 3 REPORT DIFFERENCE Total =/(-) 0.47 -1.79 0.35 -1.69 -0.72 Merchandise Sales 1,215.18 1,463.03 655.91 3,334.12 0.00 Additional Sales 927.32 977.07 402.09 2,306.48 0.00 # of Overrings 6 9 9 24 0 (5.) Using table RM3, which shift had the most Overrings? (6.) Using table RM3. which shift had the most Merchandise Sales? Anyone know if the two questions are trick questions or simple? I think it is more than just looking at looking at the shifts and picking out the highest number. Do you have to take into account any of the other numbers? That "Total =/(-)" row is throwing me off. Not sure what it is supposed to mean.
 June 10th, 2014, 02:09 AM #2 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,161 Thanks: 734 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions It's a question that is testing your ability to read a table and compare different numbers, so yes it is rather simple. The answer is "SHIFT 2 and SHIFT 3" for question 5 and "SHIFT 2" for question 6. I imagine that some students would not take stock of the fact that the last two columns are not shifts because they didn't read the columns and give REPORT as an answer. They might also get slightly overwhelmed by the amount of information presented. Remember that a lot of the tougher questions will bombard you with additional information you don't need; just take what you need to answer the particular question you are on and ignore the rest. Examiners love doing this because it's just like real life; if you want to find out a specific fact from somewhere, you will typically have to scan through lots of information you don't need until you find what you're after.
 June 10th, 2014, 02:29 AM #3 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,966 Thanks: 2216 They don't appear to be trick questions, but it is a bit strange to ask which shift had the most overrings (because shift 2 and shift 3 both had the most overrings, namely 9). The Report column can be ignored, as it contains totals for the shifts (occasionally inaccurately, but the final column corrects any such inaccuracy). Last edited by skipjack; June 10th, 2014 at 05:26 AM.
 June 10th, 2014, 10:54 AM #4 Newbie   Joined: Jun 2014 From: Hot Springs, AR Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Thanks guys!!!

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