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A teacher has proposed requiring all students in her oversubscribed environmental science course do field work on Saturdays in place of a portion of their homework, claiming that the Saturday requirement will reduce the number of students in the class without making it significantly more demanding. The teacher reasons that the Saturday requirement will motivate many students to transfer into other courses that do not require Saturday work.

Which of the following statements, if true, provides the best evidence that the teacher's reasoning is flawed?

(A) Projected increases in the cost of mass transit will increase the cost to students of traveling to and from their Saturday fieldwork sites.
(B) Students in other science courses do not currently have the option of transferring into the environmental science course.
(C) The amount of research required for the environmental science course currently makes it significantly more time-consuming on weekends than any other science course.
(D) Many students opposing the teacher's plan have indicated that they would rather allow the environmental science course to remain overcrowded than do the Saturday field work.
(E) Twenty percent of the students enrolled in the environmental science course attend the school at which it is taught.

I was completely floored. Pls help.

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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 11:18
The teacher's plan is to motivate students through the Sat fieldwork to transfer into other course to avoid overcrowding in the class.
Now B, D and E are OUT
Between A and C. C neither motivates nor demotivates the students. A is the reason why people will avoid the Sat field work bcos it will cut their budget.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 11:39
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IMO D.

"teacher reasons that the Saturday requirement will motivate many students to transfer into other courses that do not require Saturday work"

but if students opposing the plan would allow EVS to remain overcrowded , her reasoning is flawed.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 19:28
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 22:49
The answer should be C.

Which of the following statements, if true, provides the best evidence that the teacher's reasoning is flawed?

(A) Projected increases in the cost of mass transit will increase the cost to students of traveling to and from their Saturday fieldwork sites.
(B) Students in other science courses do not currently have the option of transferring into the environmental science course.
(C) The amount of research required for the environmental science course currently makes it significantly more time-consuming on weekends than any other science course.
(D) Many students opposing the teacher's plan have indicated that they would rather allow the environmental science course to remain overcrowded than do the Saturday field work.
(E) Twenty percent of the students enrolled in the environmental science course attend the school at which it is taught.

"A" shows that many students will have to face higher costs to attend the course on saturday; thus they will probably move to another course.

"B" is out of scope.

"D" shows that many students are against the teacher's plan; this could eventually lead them to move to another course.

"E" is out of scope, and it does not provide any useful information on the teacher's plan.

"C" finally, says that the students already have to study a lot during weekends; this means that if they have to go to school on saturday, but at the same time their homeworks will be reduced, it won't make much difference for them.
If this is true, not many students will be bothered by going to school on saturday, since they will receive less homework, and the teacher's plan is flawed!

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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 23:09
If this is true, not many students will be bothered by going to school on saturday --> reduces the overcrowding. Both A and C reduces overcrowding and help the teacher's plan. But yeah C does that without transfer of students.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 23:32
I think C will be very unlikely to reduce overcrowding (even though it could, if as you said, students cannot be bothered going to school on saturday)... look at the following:

"requiring all students in her oversubscribed environmental science course do field work on Saturdays in place of a portion of their homework"

"in place of" indicates that the reduction of homework will make up for the saturday lessons; thus if the students will spend at school the time they would spend doing their homework, they have no good reason to move to another course.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 23:50
they have no good reason to move to another course. --> agree on this.

"in place of" indicates that the reduction of homework will make up for the saturday lessons; ---> yeah but some can prefer to stay home and do homework than to sweat on the fields LOL. a portion of homework is reduced in lieu of the fieldwork.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2010, 00:14
or I could skip saturday classes while at the same time have less homework! :)
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2010, 00:22
I wish I could not register in EVS bcos the teacher is so penalizing.A

Ok so C > A. Since both achieve the same result (reduce overcrowding) but C is more effective in flecking the teacher's reasoning than A. A will cause transfer of students but C don't.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2010, 04:07
Here is the OE
"A teacher wants to require students in her environmental science course to do work on Saturdays in place of some of their homework. The teacher believes that the required weekend work will convince students to transfer into other science courses, thus relieving the overcrowding in the course in question.

The question asks for something that would suggest that the teacher is incorrect in her belief that the Saturday work will encourage students to transfer into other science courses. The teacher believes that students will transfer into other courses if there is extra work in the environmental science course. If, however, the extra work is unlikely to motivate students to transfer into other science courses, then the teacher's plan is unlikely to succeed.

Choice A states that it will soon cost more for students to travel to and from their Saturday work sites. This says nothing about the likelihood of the teacher's plan to succeed.

Choice B states students in other science courses do not currently have the option of transferring into the environmental science course. This has nothing to do with encouraging students in the environmental science course to transfer into other courses.

Choice C states that the amount of research required of students in the environmental science course already makes this course significantly more time-consuming on weekends than any other science course. This suggests that the teacher is incorrect in the belief that requiring the some work be done over the weekend will be sufficient to encourage students to transfer into other science courses. Choice C is correct.

Choice D states that many students have said that they would rather let the environmental science course remain overcrowded than do the Saturday work. However, this does not provide any additional information about how students in the environmental science course will respond if the Saturday fieldwork is imposed.

Choice E states that students who attend the high school at which the environmental science course is taught account for twenty percent of the students enrolled in the environmental science course. While this suggests that some of the students in the course cannot be forced out of it, it says nothing about the eighty percent of the students who could conceivably be forced to transfer into other courses.

Choice C is correct."
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The OA to this question is choice C.

Remember to focus on what's asked; you need to prove that the teacher's reasoning is FLAWED.
Teacher's reasoning: The teacher reasons that the Saturday requirement will motivate many students to transfer into other courses that do not require Saturday work

For those of you who chose A, the increased cost of mass transit would, if anything, SUPPORT the teacher's reasoning that students would switch out due to the Saturday requirement. Even though this option doesn't address the increased workload that the teacher posits as the reason for the switching, it does in fact support the notion that students would not be in favor of extra costs and therefore extra work on Saturdays. If the question asked you to SUPPORT her argument, then A could be OK.

For those of you who chose D the choice between REMAINING IN AN OVERCROWDED COURSE and DOING WORK ON SATURDAYS is NOT an option. Once the teacher instituted the plan, students would either have to DO WORK ON SATURDAYS or SWITCH TO ANOTHER COURSE, not remain in an overcrowded course.

Choice C, on the other hand, provides a reason the teacher's plan may be flawed. The teacher wants students to switch out of her course and reasons that a WEEKEND WORK REQUIREMENT will cause students to do so. However, if this course ALREADY REQUIRES WEEKEND WORK, then adding this requirement may not be such a big deal to these students. Of the answers, choice C provides the best reason that the teacher's reasoning would be flawed. The OA is C.

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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2010, 21:22
Thanks. On the surface D looks obvious. gmat wants us to pick that answer but its a rejection of teacher's plan without flawing the teacher's argument.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 11:45
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While I understand that C is the correct answer can someone explain why E is wrong?

Premise: Teacher wants to reduce the number of students in the class because the class is oversubscribed

E says Twenty percent of the students enrolled in the environmental science course attend the school at which it is taught.

That means very few students are attending the class and the teacher's purpose to reduce the strength is defeated.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2011, 06:29
'However, if this course ALREADY REQUIRES WEEKEND WORK, then adding this requirement may not be such a big deal to these students. Of the answers, choice C provides the best reason that the teacher's reasoning would be flawed. The OA is C'

thanks for the explanation @ knewton, though i think the question is purely ridiculous to say the least.
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Re: Knewton- Verbal- Free Test [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 01:46
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A teacher has proposed requiring all students in her oversubscribed environmental science course do field work on Saturdays in place of a portion of their homework, claiming that the Saturday requirement will reduce the number of students in the class without making it significantly more demanding. The teacher reasons that the Saturday requirement will motivate many students to transfer into other courses that do not require Saturday work.

Which of the following statements, if true, provides the best evidence that the teacher's reasoning is flawed?

(A) Projected increases in the cost of mass transit will increase the cost to students of traveling to and from their Saturday fieldwork sites. -- Supports teacher. POE.
(B) Students in other science courses do not currently have the option of transferring into the environmental science course. -- Out of scope.
(C) The amount of research required for the environmental science course currently makes it significantly more time-consuming on weekends than any other science course. -- The course will be less demanding,hence more lucrative for the students to stay. OA.
(D) Many students opposing the teacher's plan have indicated that they would rather allow the environmental science course to remain overcrowded than do the Saturday field work. -- Doesn't lead to anything unless we assume that the opposing students will move out. POE.
(E) Twenty percent of the students enrolled in the environmental science course attend the school at which it is taught. -- Neutral answer. POE.

I was completely floored. Pls help.

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