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

It is currently 23 Oct 2014, 14:08

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

In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
VP
VP
avatar
Joined: 21 Mar 2006
Posts: 1136
Location: Bangalore
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 0

In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2006, 21:08
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

0% (00:00) correct 100% (00:49) wrong based on 5 sessions
In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average scores of high school students on standardized math and English tests did not decline. During the same year, millions of American students enjoyed their first exposure to the new world of the microcomputer, whether in schools, video arcades, or other settings. The conclusion is clear: far from stultifying the intellectual capacities of students, exposure to computers can actually enhance them.
The most serious weakness of the argument above is its failure to
(A) discuss the underlying causes of the twenty-year decline in students’ test scores
(B) cite specific figures documenting the increases in test scores
(C) distinguish among the various types of computer being used by high school students
(D) define the intellectual capacities tested by the standardized math and English tests referred to
(E) explain exactly how high school students’ abilities on math and English tests could have been enhanced by exposure to computers

I think the OA on this one is wrong.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 13 Jul 2006
Posts: 327
Followers: 1

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

 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2006, 22:12
Between (D) and (E) ,(E).

The argument would be accepted only if the enhancing effects of computers were to be specified.Even if we knew wt intellectual capacities were tested on the tests we do not know for sure if the computer can enhance them.
_________________

A well-balanced person is one who has a drink in each of his hands.

VP
VP
User avatar
Joined: 21 Aug 2006
Posts: 1026
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 19 [0], given: 0

Re: CR1000 - Students and computers [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2006, 23:20
kripalkavi wrote:
In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average scores of high school students on standardized math and English tests did not decline. During the same year, millions of American students enjoyed their first exposure to the new world of the microcomputer, whether in schools, video arcades, or other settings. The conclusion is clear: far from stultifying the intellectual capacities of students, exposure to computers can actually enhance them.
The most serious weakness of the argument above is its failure to
(A) discuss the underlying causes of the twenty-year decline in students’ test scores

Discussing why there was decline would be helpful. If we know that and see how computers can address those causes, we can see the argument in clear light. But lack of this information might not weaken the argument.

(B) cite specific figures documenting the increases in test scores

Specific figures are useful. But not necessary.

(C) distinguish among the various types of computer being used by high school students

There is a mention of computers at different places.

(D) define the intellectual capacities tested by the standardized math and English tests referred to

Might not help. Intellectual capacity is nothing but ability to do well on standardized math and english tests. How will further defining of what is tested in tests will help?

(E) explain exactly how high school students’ abilities on math and English tests could have been enhanced by exposure to computers

This is the best. The author of the argument skipped this essential part of argument.

I think the OA on this one is wrong.

_________________

The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short;
the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.


Last edited by ak_idc on 07 Oct 2006, 05:00, edited 1 time in total.
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 18 Jul 2006
Posts: 532
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2006, 00:32
Good explanation ak.
Clear E.
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 17 Jul 2006
Posts: 716
Followers: 1

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

 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2006, 05:49
Looks like E.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 30 Aug 2006
Posts: 374
Followers: 2

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

 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2006, 16:17
agree E
Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 29 Jan 2005
Posts: 5252
Followers: 23

Kudos [?]: 139 [0], given: 0

Reviews Badge
 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2006, 20:19
Were all students equally exposed to computers? Where? When? How often? Too many unknown variables to make such a conclusion.

Straightforward (E) here.
VP
VP
avatar
Joined: 21 Mar 2006
Posts: 1136
Location: Bangalore
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2006, 22:40
Good job guys..OA is E. As you all might have guessed, I feel for the trap and picked D.
VP
VP
User avatar
Joined: 25 Jun 2006
Posts: 1176
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 44 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2006, 06:30
E for sure.
  [#permalink] 09 Oct 2006, 06:30
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average bholakc 6 02 Sep 2011, 08:08
In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average nitinneha 6 27 Mar 2007, 15:09
In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average Riuscita 6 06 Apr 2006, 11:46
In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average remgeo 9 24 Mar 2006, 06:38
In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average ywilfred 11 07 Sep 2005, 06:04
Display posts from previous: Sort by

In 1981, for the first time in over two decades, the average

  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®.