The Quest for 700: Weekly GMAT Challenge (Answer)

Yesterday, Manhattan GMAT posted a GMAT question on our blog. Today, they have followed up with the answer:

Answer: C

The average of the three numbers is 44, so they must add up to 132.

We know the median is 42, so the numbers, arranged in order, look like:

x, 42, y

We want the smallest number that the largest number can be, meaning, we want the smallest value of y.

To get the smallest value of y, we need x to be as large as it can be.  42 is the median, which means it’s in the middle, but it does not mean that the largest x can be is 41.  x can be 42 as well.  If that is the case, then 42 + 42 + y = 132, or y = 48.

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