GMAT Question of the Day: Problem Solving

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GMAT Question of the Day: Problem Solving

GMAT Question of the Day: Problem Solving
Explanation
Say p = 9n + 2 and q = 9m + 7. This means p - q = 9(n - m) - 5, where n and m are positive integers. The term 9(n - m) is divisible by 3, so the remainder is -5, but 5 is greater than 3, so we need to divide 5 by 3 to get the actual remainder.

This gives us the remainder of 2. However, because of the negative sign before the 5, the remainder now becomes -2. The significance of -2 is that -2 + 3 = 1.

The correct answer choice is C.

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