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According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 04:07
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According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Department, persons who have attended or graduated from college are generally less likely to commit crimes than people who have never attended college. Clearly, in some way, going to college decreases the probability of a person committing a crime.

The conclusion drawn by the argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?
(A)Most crimes in San Tijon were committed by those who never went to college.

(B)College graduates are less likely to commit crimes than those who attended college but did not graduate.

(C)San Tijon residents who don’t have college degrees often cannot make enough money to maintain the welfare of their families.

(D)Persons who attended college and those who did not were equally predisposed to commit crimes.

(E)Persons who once went to college are less likely to rob someone than those who have never attended college.

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Re: According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Depar [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 04:14
D should be the answer? OA please?
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Re: According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Depar [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 04:14
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According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Department, persons who have attended or graduated from college are generally less likely to commit crimes than people who have never attended college.
CONCLUSION:
Clearly, in some way, going to college decreases the probability of a person committing a crime.

If we take a look at the conclusion, it says that college decreased the probability, this doesn't take into consideration that people who enroll are less likely to commit crimes than those who don't.

The conclusion drawn by the argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?

The point I made before it's the assumption we are looking for. We know how thing are "at the end" (end of college) but we don't know how they were at the beginning.
If college decreased the probability, than (at the beginning) it must have been at the same level for all.

(D)Persons who attended college and those who did not were equally predisposed to commit crimes.

Here it is: IMO D.

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Re: According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Depar [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 04:47
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FACT:
According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Department, persons who have attended or graduated from college are generally less likely to commit crimes than people who have never attended college.
CONCLUSION:
Clearly, in some way, going to college decreases the probability of a person committing a crime.

If we take a look at the conclusion, it says that college decreased the probability, this doesn't take into consideration that people who enroll are less likely to commit crimes than those who don't.

The conclusion drawn by the argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?

The point I made before it's the assumption we are looking for. We know how thing are "at the end" (end of college) but we don't know how they were at the beginning.
If college decreased the probability, than (at the beginning) it must have been at the same level for all.

(D)Persons who attended college and those who did not were equally predisposed to commit crimes.

Here it is: IMO D.

Hope it's clear, let me know how my explanation is



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According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Department, persons who have attended or graduated from college are generally less likely to commit crimes than people who have never attended college. Clearly, in some way, going to college decreases the probability of a person committing a crime.

The conclusion drawn by the argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?
(A)Most crimes in San Tijon were committed by those who never went to college.

(B)College graduates are less likely to commit crimes than those who attended college but did not graduate.

(C)San Tijon residents who don’t have college degrees often cannot make enough money to maintain the welfare of their families.

(D)Persons who attended college and those who did not were equally predisposed to commit crimes.

(E)Persons who once went to college are less likely to rob someone than those who have never attended college.

Need some help to understand the approach to tackle this question ..
thanks!


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I ll be happy if my explanation helps
the question states that its because of going to coll....person do not get leaned to committing crime...nw we need to protect this argument.....we need to remove any further points that makes the the conclusion implausible. Consider, what if those students ate some kind of food that made them less exposed to committing crime....So if we say in both the cases ie those who went to coll n those who didn't , they were equally exposed to situations that would have led them to committing crimes. So , if they were exposed to same scenarios n the guys who went coll did not commit crime..it means to some coll was responsible fr them nt committing the crime.

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Re: According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2013, 22:49
Initially I picked E. But then D it is. I liked D because you can compare the decrease in probability only if the 2 groups have the same level.

Still E reiterates the stimulus...so I thought its a good candidate.

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Re: According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2014, 11:27
guerrero25 wrote:
According to reports provided by the San Tijon Police Department, persons who have attended or graduated from college are generally less likely to commit crimes than people who have never attended college. Clearly, in some way, going to college decreases the probability of a person committing a crime.

The conclusion drawn by the argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?
(A)Most crimes in San Tijon were committed by those who never went to college.

(B)College graduates are less likely to commit crimes than those who attended college but did not graduate.

(C)San Tijon residents who don’t have college degrees often cannot make enough money to maintain the welfare of their families.

(D)Persons who attended college and those who did not were equally predisposed to commit crimes.

(E)Persons who once went to college are less likely to rob someone than those who have never attended college.

Need some help to understand the approach to tackle this question ..
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Any opinions on why D is a better answer choice than E?
What exactly does once went to college mean?

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