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A standardized testing corporation claims that their college admission test, the TAS, is a reliable indicator of student performance in college, and independent research exists to support this assertion. However, many people who excel in college do not go on to have lucrative careers or fulfilling lives. Therefore, TAS scores do not accurately indicate success outside of the education system.

Which of the following, if true, best weakens the conclusion made about TAS scores?


(A) Famed psycologist Charles Xavier has questioned the scientific validity of using a standardized test to predict success.
(B) TAS scores were not intended to indicate success beyond college.
(C) Studies exist which contradict the findings that the TAS is an indicator of academic success at college.
(D) Eighty-five percent of students who scored in the top 25th percentile of the TAS graduate from a four-year college within five years of enrollment.
(E) The qualities that lead to success in college are necessary to become successful in other areas of life.
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Re: CR- Standardized Testing [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2005, 03:53
E.

The conclusion was that TAS would not predict success in life.

A is wrong - it questions the basis of TAS.
B is wrong - it also means that TAS scores wud not indicate success beyond college because they were not meant to anyway.
C is irrelevent - we are talking about success outside college - not inside it.
D is irrelevent - we are talking abt success outside college.
E is correct because it means if TAS predicts college performance, and the same qualities lead to success in life, TAS mimics success in life.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2005, 05:03
E it is.
Argument is: TAS scores are not a judge of successful life.

A) Famed psycologist Charles Xavier has questioned the scientific validity of using a standardized test to predict success.
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(B) TAS scores were not intended to indicate success beyond college.

Strengthens the arg
(C) Studies exist which contradict the findings that the TAS is an indicator of academic success at college.
strengthens it
(D) Eighty-five percent of students who scored in the top 25th percentile of the TAS graduate from a four-year college within five years of enrollment.

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(E) The qualities that lead to success in college are necessary to become successful in other areas of life.

If this is true, then the arg. above is weak. That means TAS scores does its job properly, there might be other resons for the failure of students in having good careers.
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