Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 20 Oct 2014, 23:25

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
CEO
CEO
User avatar
Joined: 21 Jan 2007
Posts: 2769
Location: New York City
Followers: 8

Kudos [?]: 252 [0], given: 4

Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:07
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

0% (00:00) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 0 sessions
Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.

(A) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.
(B) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.
(C) In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.
(D) The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.
(E) The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen

Please explain why an answer is wrong.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 03 Jun 2007
Posts: 385
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:37
I feel it is C. Sorry am not good in explaining this monster
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 08 Jul 2007
Posts: 174
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:39
C.

(A) Parallelism issues: Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.

(B) It is 35 percent? What is 35 percent? It is not specified. Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.

(D) Wordy and imprecise. The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.

(E) Awkward construction. The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 05 Mar 2007
Posts: 112
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: SC1000 #297 Fifty-two percent of United States high [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:41
bmwhype2 wrote:
Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.

(A) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.
(B) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.
(C) In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.
(D) The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.
(E) The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen

Please explain why an answer is wrong.


First choice, it tries to portray that 15% is total of GBR, JPN and GER. So wrong.

Second, "it" seems to lack a precedent. ( i hope i am correct here)

Third, precise, tense is fine. This is the best choice.

Fourth, the sentence is wordy, awkward.

Fifth, sentence structure lacks parallelism

I think i am correct, doing really bad on SC lately.... :( :( ....

FP
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 23 Apr 2007
Posts: 5
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:43
I feel that is this is an example of comparision again...so the correct choice will be E.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 17 Jul 2007
Posts: 288
Location: The 408
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:44
a is wrong becaue you compare to not with

D and E just sound and read bad.

B & C are the top two, and of those, I think its C. Its a bit more clear.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 28 Jun 2007
Posts: 320
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:54
zakk wrote:
a is wrong becaue you compare to not with

D and E just sound and read bad.

B & C are the top two, and of those, I think its C. Its a bit more clear.


'Compare with' is just fine here. 'Compare to' is used for similarities, 'compare with' is used for differences.

If A is wrong for using 'compare with', then how can C be right?
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 216
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 13:58
Kicker of a question.
I go with E.

My reasons. C is close but comparison is not clear.
In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.
52% of high schoo graduates in US go-----, compared with 35% in canada------. I think this would have been a parallel construction.

I am looking forward to OA.
Director
Director
User avatar
Joined: 31 Mar 2007
Posts: 586
Location: Canada eh
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 39 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 15:02
I came up with C, in about 45 seconds

Quote:
(A) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.


Seperate the Great Britain, Japan, and West German's and you get:

Great Britain fifteen percent
Japan fifteen percent
West Germany's fifteen percet

Lack of parallelism, so its wrong


Quote:
(B) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.


In Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.

The fragment after the semi colon is not an independent clause; it refers to something in the first clause. What is 'it'? You don't know!

Quote:
(C) In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.


THis one sounds OK, no errors; check the rest.

Quote:
(D) The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.


Longer than C, and the fifteen's are redundant and sound akward.

Quote:
(E) The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen


C says the same thing, and is more in an 'active' voice. E is more in a passive voice. Remember GMAT would prefer:

'She saw the girl' rather than 'The girl was seen by her'


So my final answer is C
  [#permalink] 30 Jul 2007, 15:02
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go rgarg1nortel 3 30 Nov 2009, 20:47
Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go vishy007 4 03 Jul 2008, 12:28
Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go bsd_lover 9 23 Apr 2008, 04:56
Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go Fuqua 6 10 Jun 2005, 06:53
Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go prasad_bgv 6 05 Jan 2005, 07:22
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.