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Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy
rates averaged 87 percent of capacity, while
admission rates remained constant, at an average of
95 admissions per 1,000 beds per year. Between 1985
and 1988, however, occupancy rates rose to an
average of 92 percent of capacity, while admission
rates declined to 81 per 1,000 beds per year.

If the statements above are true, which of the
following conclusions can be most properly drawn?
(A) The average length of time nursing-home
residents stayed in nursing homes increased
between 1985 and 1988.
(B) The proportion of older people living in nursing
homes was greater in 1988 than in 1975.
(C) Nursing home admission rates tend to decline
whenever occupancy rates rise.
(D) Nursing homes built prior to 1985 generally had
fewer beds than did nursing homes built
between 1985 and 1988.
(E) The more beds a nursing home has, the higher
its occupancy rate is likely to be.

Tough one ! could not decide comprehensively between 2 choices ...ended up choosing the wrong one. Please can someone explain this.
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04 Jan 2011, 04:48
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Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy
rates averaged 87 percent of capacity, while
admission rates remained constant, at an average of
95 admissions per 1,000 beds per year. Between 1985
and 1988, however, occupancy rates rose to an
average of 92 percent of capacity, while admission
rates declined to 81 per 1,000 beds per year.

If the statements above are true, which of the
following conclusions can be most properly drawn?
(A) The average length of time nursing-home
residents stayed in nursing homes increased
between 1985 and 1988.
(B) The proportion of older people living in nursing
homes was greater in 1988 than in 1975.
(C) Nursing home admission rates tend to decline
whenever occupancy rates rise.
(D) Nursing homes built prior to 1985 generally had
fewer beds than did nursing homes built
between 1985 and 1988.
(E) The more beds a nursing home has, the higher
its occupancy rate is likely to be.

Tough one ! could not decide comprehensively between 2 choices ...ended up choosing the wrong one. Please can someone explain this.

I guess u were stuck between A and C.I chose A after considering the implications of the word "average" in the Question.
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04 Jan 2011, 07:47
I was stuck between A & B. But chose incorrectly.
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I was stuck between A & B. But chose incorrectly.

U can reject B because of the presence of the word "older".We are concerned with the occupancy duration and not the age of the occupants.If the Occupancy duration increases then the occupancy will increase without there neccesarily being an increase in the rate of admissions.
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04 Jan 2011, 15:04
+1 A

However, I believe the question is not well constructed.
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06 Jan 2011, 03:36
Going with A
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Going with A

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31 Mar 2011, 10:00
(C) is incorrect because the stimulus never indicates that this is a common trend. It's simply saying 'this is what happened between these two points in time'. There's nothing in the stimulus to suggest that because X happened between 1985 and 1988, that X will also be true between y and z.
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31 Mar 2011, 16:57
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16 Jun 2011, 01:45
straight A here.
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18 Jun 2011, 06:32
I chose A using POE. B has 'older' which is not specified anywhere in the question. Others are out of scope IMO.
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The argument is basically stating that over two different time periods, occupancy rates in nursing homes increased. However, during those same time periods, the admission rates at the nursing homes decreased. The question asks us to find an answer that Resolves the Paradox (the question stem says "Find the Conclusion" but the conclusion is actually resolving the paradox)

(A) The average length of time nursing-home residents stayed in nursing homes increased between 1985 and 1988. - This helps explain why the occupancy increased (people stayed in nursing homes for a longer duration). This also explains why admission rates decreased (Less people stayed for a longer time occupying more number of beds). CORRECT ANSWER.

(B) The proportion of older people living in nursing homes was greater in 1988 than in 1975 - Older people not mentioned in the stimulus. So, a definite conclusion about them cannot be drawn.

(C) Nursing home admission rates tend to decline whenever occupancy rates rise. - As already pointed out above, just two time periods are taken into consideration in the stimulus. Those two time periods need not be representative of the entire truth in general. Thus, this statement, drawn as a generalization, may not necessarily be true. This option, IMO, is more of a real-world-true scenario and that is why a trap.

(D) Nursing homes built prior to 1985 generally had fewer beds than did nursing homes built between 1985 and 1988. - Not necessarily true. Does not resolve the paradox.

(E) The more beds a nursing home has, the higher its occupancy rate is likely to be. - Maybe real-world-true but not necessitated by the premises. A definite conclusion cannot be drawn.
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26 Dec 2011, 06:47
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26 Dec 2011, 10:10
Easy A.
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26 Dec 2011, 10:25
A simple POE
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01 Jun 2016, 11:56
I doubted between A and C.

I discarded C because of this unclear sentence: "Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy
rates averaged 87 percent of capacity, while admission rates remained constant, at an average of
95 admissions per 1,000 beds per year."

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