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In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid?

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In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 08:41
I've sometimes seen a few CR or RC questions that ask the test-taker to identify the answer choice that can be "most properly inferred" from the passage/stimulus. It has happened sometimes that one of the choices paraphrases something that has already been said in the passage/stimulus.

Is it wrong to choose such a choice? What if one doesn't find any other choice compelling-enough? Does GMAC ever give an inference question in which something already stated is among the choices?
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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 09:53
I think on Must be true/Inferred questions "paraphrased answers" are correct as per PowerScore CR bible.
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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 09:58
rishabhsingla wrote:
I've sometimes seen a few CR or RC questions that ask the test-taker to identify the answer choice that can be "most properly inferred" from the passage/stimulus. It has happened sometimes that one of the choices paraphrases something that has already been said in the passage/stimulus.

Is it wrong to choose such a choice? What if one doesn't find any other choice compelling-enough? Does GMAC ever give an inference question in which something already stated is among the choices?


If something is exact replica of what is stated, how it can be wrong?

Out of 5 choices only one will be correct, so if one of choices is paraphrase of the stimuli -its correct.

But be wary of the half correct and half wrong answer choices, exaggerated, new information, out of scope, reverse ,and opposite answer choices.
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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 10:25
True. But I've seen a question (non-GMAC) which included both a paraphrased choice and a choice that was a real "inference". The latter was slightly weak (i.e., not 100% convincing), so I went for the former. It turned out to be the wrong choice - the book says that since the former is already stated in the stimulus, it isn't an "inference". The latter is the correct choice.

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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 13:02
Maybe you can post that question? If you go by the Powerscore strategy for approaching a must be true or a main point/inference question, it should pass the fact test, i.e. "Is this directly derived from what is being said? Is it reinforced by the stimulus?" and if it does, it's a good candidate for being an answer. A restatement would mean that it's definitely validated by the stimulus and hence in most cases, it would be true. Unless you were misinterpreting. GMAC likes to trick you sometimes by giving you an answer that maybe true, or an answer that's true but not the main point. In that case, your answer might vary. My best advice is to post the question and we can see where the discussion leads.
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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 22:21
I think you (rishabhsingla) are confusing b/w weakening, strengthening and inference questions. On weakening or strengthening questions if in the ans choices same (100 percent) info is given then those choices are wrong as they don't add any value to weaken or strengthen the ques. But this is not true on inference/must be true ques.

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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 22:27
I also have seen such ques but IMO those were weakening and strengthening type ques. okay! if you are getting these type of explanation in some books on must be true ques dump those books. :)

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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 02:30
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I also have seen such ques but IMO those were weakening and strengthening type ques. okay! if you are getting these type of explanation in some books on must be true ques dump those books. :)

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Guess you're right, kissthegmat. Gotto not pay much attention to such books...
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Re: In inference questions (CR/RC), is a 'restatement' invalid? [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 03:21
rishabhsingla wrote:
kissthegmat wrote:
I also have seen such ques but IMO those were weakening and strengthening type ques. okay! if you are getting these type of explanation in some books on must be true ques dump those books. :)

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Guess you're right, kissthegmat. Gotto not pay much attention to such books...


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