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Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2007, 09:25
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18. Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.

Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?

(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987.
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987.
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2007, 10:31
D?

If it's irght i can exaplin my reasoning
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Re: CR Test 1 [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2007, 22:35
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18. Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.

Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?

(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987.
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987.
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent.


I think it's A.

The companies which has highest sales before 1987 didn't choose to send employees to the seminars. What this might have done is that, the sales of these companies might have dropped from the level before 1987 and the sales of the other companies that chose to send employees to the seminar
might have increased, but not so much to surpass the saled of the companies that didn't choose to send employeed to the seminar. So, it creates a wrong impression that sending employees to the seminar is detrimental to the sales.

What's your explanation for D, rabbit?
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2007, 04:44
I wud go with D as well..
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2007, 06:38
I see your point with A, shoonya. I'm torn between A and D now...

I chose D because it may not be that the sales seminars are bad, it may be that they are ineffective because the companies do not know how to implement changes. In other words, it's not only the seminars' fault.

Can we have an OA and OE plz?
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Re: CR Test 1 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2007, 07:00
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18. Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.

Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?

(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987.
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987.
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent.


I think an answer choice that proves that the seminars are effective would weaken the author's argument. D does just the opposite. Also, if the seminars are bad, how come one group of companies has higher sales and the other group has lower?
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Re: CR Test 1 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2007, 10:05
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18. Critics of sales seminars run by outside consultants point out that since 1987, revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees attended consultant-led seminars were lower than revenues of vacuum cleaner companies whose employees did not attend such seminars. The critics charge that for vacuum cleaner companies, the sales seminars are ill conceived and a waste of money.

Which of the following, if true, is the most effective challenge to the critics of sales seminars?

(A) Those vacuum cleaner companies whose sales were highest prior to 1987 are the only companies that did not send employees to the seminars.
(B) Vacuum cleaner companies that have sent employees to sales seminars since 1987 experienced a greater drop in sales than they had prior to 1987.
(C) The cost of vacuum cleaner sales seminars run by outside consultants has risen dramatically since 1987.
(D) The poor design of vacuum cleaner sales seminars is not the only reason for their ineffectiveness.
(E) Since 1987, sales of vacuum cleaners have risen twenty percent.


The OA is A.
Re: CR Test 1   [#permalink] 30 Jun 2007, 10:05
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