# Practice GMAT Data Sufficiency Question

If A and B are integers, is B > A?
1. B > 10
2. A < 10
 A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. B) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient. C) BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. D) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient. E) Statement (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data are needed.
1. Evaluate Statement (1) alone.
1. Statement (1) simply says that B > 10. It provides no information about the value of A, making a comparison between B and A impossible.
2. If B = 12 and A = 5, then the answer to the question "is B > A?" would be yes. However, if B = 15 and A = 20, then the answer to the question "is B > A?" would be no.
3. Since different legitimate values of A and B produce different answers to the question, Statement (1) is NOT SUFFICIENT.
4. Note: Some students are thrown off by setting A = 20 or A = 5. You can do this in evaluating whether Statement (1) alone is sufficient since there is nothing in Statement (1) that prevents this. However, A cannot be 20 in evaluating statement 2 because Statement (2) clearly says that A must be less than 10. But, for now we are evaluating Statement (1).
2. Evaluate Statement (2) alone.
1. Statement (2) simply says that A < 10. It provides no information about the value of B, making a comparison between B and A impossible.
2. If B = 12 and A = 5, then the answer to the question "is B > A?" would be yes. However, if B = 1 and A = 9, then the answer to the question "is B > A?" would be no.
3. Since different legitimate values of A and B produce different answers to the question, Statement (2) is NOT SUFFICIENT.
4. Note: Some students are thrown off by setting B = 1 or B = 12. You can do this in evaluating whether Statement (2) alone is sufficient since there is nothing in Statement (2) that prevents this.
3. Evaluate Statements (1)and (2) together.
1. When taking Statements (1) and (2) together, you know:
B > 10 and A < 10
2. So, you know that B > A. Statements (1) and (2), when taken together, are SUFFICIENT.
4. Since Statement (1) alone is NOT SUFFICIENT and Statement (2) alone is NOT SUFFICIENT yet Statements (1) and (2), when taken together, are SUFFICIENT, answer C is correct.