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# First of all, I would like to discuss my cause with all of

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First of all, I would like to discuss my cause with all of [#permalink]  22 Nov 2009, 16:06
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First of all, I would like to discuss my cause with all of you. PLEASE PLEASE share your views.
I am finding MGMAT CR very tough and twisted. I couldn't any one of them in a single read. I had 8 wrongs out of 14 in MGMAT CAT. I am worried and tensed because I am have my test next week. My accuracy in OG questions is satisfactory and I have around above 70% hit rate. Please tell me whether I need more practice in CR. Should I take a view of CR bible.

And here is tough one, I couldn't manage in 1.5 minutes.

The recent decline in the employment rate was spurred by predictions of slow economic growth in the coming year. However, those predictions would not have affected the employment rate if it had not been for the lack of capital reserves of major industries. So if major industries increase their capital reserves, the employment rate will not decline in the future.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the validity of the argument above?

a. Major industry foresaw the drop in employment.

b. Some major industries had appreciable capital reserves.

c. An increase in labor costs could adversely affect the employment rate.

d. The government could pass legislation mandating that major industries set aside a fixed amount as capital reserves every year.

e. The drop in the employment rate was more severe this year than last.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  22 Nov 2009, 18:07
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C.

Here , the argument is that "So if major industries increase their capital reserves, the employment rate will not decline in the future. "

the conclusion is the employment rate will not decline in the future.

Argument places one cause and the dismisses and puts another one as main cause leading to a conclusion.
So in doing so it assumes that this second cause is actually the only cause and all others causes are absent.

If we display that there could be another cause that can lead to the said result , the argument could be weakened.
C , does precisely that.

on the books :

Although PowerScore CR Bible is most thorough material on GMAT CR treatment, I liked MGMAT's latest CR guides. I started my study with PowerScore's book and went thru it religiously. I found it to be exhaustive but applying the rules took sometime. Also , completing the whole books took me some time. So, when I ordered SC books from MGMAT I ordered RC & CR as well. I liked MGMAT's CR more, since it's concise and to the point. My judgement may be influenced by the fact that I had already completed most of the theory and questions on PS-CR bible, though.

my two cents....

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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  22 Nov 2009, 19:29
IMO the answer is B .
The argument is based on the fact that major industries have lack of capital reserves .
If we can say that some major industries had appreciable capital reserves then we are attacking the arguments assumption .
Increase labor costs is not discussed in the argument so we do not know the validity of its effect .

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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  22 Nov 2009, 20:10
gmat620 wrote:
First of all, I would like to discuss my cause with all of you. PLEASE PLEASE share your views.
I am finding MGMAT CR very tough and twisted. I couldn't any one of them in a single read. I had 8 wrongs out of 14 in MGMAT CAT. I am worried and tensed because I am have my test next week. My accuracy in OG questions is satisfactory and I have around above 70% hit rate. Please tell me whether I need more practice in CR. Should I take a view of CR bible.

And here is tough one, I couldn't manage in 1.5 minutes.

The recent decline in the employment rate was spurred by predictions of slow economic growth in the coming year. However, those predictions would not have affected the employment rate if it had not been for the lack of capital reserves of major industries. So if major industries increase their capital reserves, the employment rate will not decline in the future.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the validity of the argument above?

a. Major industry foresaw the drop in employment.

b. Some major industries had appreciable capital reserves.

c. An increase in labor costs could adversely affect the employment rate.

d. The government could pass legislation mandating that major industries set aside a fixed amount as capital reserves every year.

e. The drop in the employment rate was more severe this year than last.

It's between B and C

B talks about 'some' major industries, so this doesn't show cause n effect relationship much.

C attacks the premise that the cause of recent decline in the employment rate is not the lack of capital reserves of major industries but the increase in labor costs.

so C wins.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  22 Nov 2009, 20:41
C for me.

It clearly provides an alternative that will affect the employment rate - even though major industries increase their capital reserves.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  23 Nov 2009, 00:54
It's C.
C give us another reason that could affect emp rate. Hence, even we increase reserves, we CAN NOT guarantee that emp rate will not decline. Because increase in labor costs (in C) could cause this decline.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  24 Nov 2009, 07:43
I think the answer should be C , as someone has stated, even if the capital reserves are increased , the emp rate might not increase , which undermines the conclusion, wats the answer ?
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  24 Nov 2009, 08:32
I have to get to a meeting but say the answer is B. I'll explain later if necessary.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  24 Nov 2009, 10:48
gmat620 wrote:
The recent decline in the employment rate was spurred by predictions of slow economic growth in the coming year. However, those predictions would not have affected the employment rate if it had not been for the lack of capital reserves of major industries. So if major industries increase their capital reserves, the employment rate will not decline in the future.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the validity of the argument above?

a. Major industry foresaw the drop in employment.
b. Some major industries had appreciable capital reserves.
c. An increase in labor costs could adversely affect the employment rate.
d. The government could pass legislation mandating that major industries set aside a fixed amount as capital reserves every year.
e. The drop in the employment rate was more severe this year than last.

Agree with C.

The passage says that increase/decrease in emplyoement is the function of capital reserve but C casts doubt on this assumption, implying that emplyoment could decrease if labour costs increase.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  24 Nov 2009, 20:34
gmat620 wrote:
First of all, I would like to discuss my cause with all of you. PLEASE PLEASE share your views.
I am finding MGMAT CR very tough and twisted. I couldn't any one of them in a single read. I had 8 wrongs out of 14 in MGMAT CAT. I am worried and tensed because I am have my test next week. My accuracy in OG questions is satisfactory and I have around above 70% hit rate. Please tell me whether I need more practice in CR. Should I take a view of CR bible.

As many people mentions, just practice and practice.
I think no one could be worse in CR than me before, I even didn't know and understand what an assumption question asks, but by practice and reading OE, I firgure out something and improve a lot, but I still need to work on timing.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  05 Feb 2011, 07:20
yes, tough question. I go for C because B has the word "some"
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  05 Feb 2011, 19:13
C by stating that there is an alternative reason for the increase in unemployment, it weakens the argument.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  07 Feb 2011, 03:35
C wins. C provides a reason by which employment rates could go down even when capital reserves increase. This attack the conclusion better than any of the other choices.
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  07 Feb 2011, 18:16
+1 for C.. it casts doubt on validity of the argument by giving a n alternate reason...
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Re: Tough MGMAT CR [#permalink]  01 Mar 2011, 06:10
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i think this was fairly simple . C states that increase in labor costs could adversely effect the employment rate.

hence even if companies increase capital reserves, employment rate could go down . that makes the conclusion very weak
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