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In the Business program at a university, all candidates for the MBA in International Business who entered the program after 1990 took a seminar on Microeconomics, and all candidates for the MBA in International Business who entered the program after 1994 took a seminar on Applied Economics.

If a student in the Business program described above took a seminar on Microeconomics but did not take a seminar on Applied Economics, which of the following must be true?

A. The student entered the Business program prior to 1995.
B. The student entered the Business program after 1990 and prior to 1995.
C. If the student was a candidate for the MBA in International Business, then the student entered the program prior to 1994.
D. If the student was a candidate for the MBA in International Business, then the student entered the program prior to 1991.
E. If the student was a candidate for the MBA in International Business, then the student entered the program after 1990 and prior to 1995.

Please explain why it is C.
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Re: In the Business program at a university [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 19:06
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Re: In the Business program at a university [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 20:52
+1 C

Inside the group of students, there is a subset: the candidates for the MBA in international business.
So, A and B are not clear with that.
Because we don't know in which year the course of microeconomics began to be taught to all students, we cannot infer anything related to D and E.
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Re: In the Business program at a university [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 22:09
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The crucial factors here are; 1. Students should join a business program in MBA International Business. 2. Prior to 1991, there is no hint that microeconomics was necessary. Prior to 1995 does not mean, it is after 1991.

A. The student entered the Business program prior to 1995…. It could be even before 1991, in which case, he need not have taken even microeconomics. Wrong
B. The student entered the Business program after 1990 and prior to 1995. …. It is just not Business Program; it should be Business Program of MBA in International Business. Wrong
C. If the student was a candidate for the MBA in International Business, then the student entered the program prior to 1994…. Prior to 1994 does not imply, the joining was after 1991. So C is gone
D. If the student was a candidate for the MBA in International Business, then the student entered the program prior to 1991….. Prior to 1991, there was no need for microeconomics seminar
E. If the student was a candidate for the MBA in International Business, then the student entered the program after 1990 and prior to 1995. --- Precisely fixes the joining between the two ends; correct choice.

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Re: In the Business program at a university [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 22:45
Here goes the explanation:

After 1990 means 1991 onwards and after 1994 means 1995 onwards

1990 ---1991
ME
1994---- 1995
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(ME - Microeconomics , AE Applied Eco)
Student took a seminar on ME , so he was there in 1991 but cant be sure about other years , only choice C fits in . Try to fit in the diagram . I got this question wrong first time but was hell bent to solve it next time without looking at explanation
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Re: In the Business program at a university [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 11:19
Some of the posts above seem not to capture the logic of the question. The only relevant fact is this: if someone joined the International Business program after 1994, they took Applied Economics. So (taking the contrapositive) if someone didn't take Applied Economics, they didn't join the International Business program after 1994. So the answer is C (though C needs to say 'prior to 1995', and not 'prior to 1994' to be perfectly correct).

All of the detail about Microeconomics is simply irrelevant. It is certainly possible that some International Business students took Microeconomics prior to 1990, which is why E is wrong.
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All of the detail about Microeconomics is simply irrelevant. It is certainly possible that some International Business students took Microeconomics prior to 1990, which is why E is wrong.


But the question asks:

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If a student in the Business program described above took a seminar on Microeconomics but did not take a seminar on Applied Economics, which of the following must be true?


Can we see miss the reference to Microeconomics in the question? On the contrary, the question is not mentioning anything Applied Economics. I think AE is not part of the concern of the question, while ME is very much

Let us look t the temporal order.

Before 1991: neither ME nor AE
1991 to 1194: only ME
1995 onwards: Only AE

Now where can you fix a person with ME? You can’t anywhere other than between 1990 and 1995. That is the reason E prevails.

C. If the student was a candidate for the MBA in International Business, then the student entered the program prior to 1994.
This simply means that if a student took MBA in International business, he should have entered before 1994. Does that imply that the University stopped its program of MBA in International Business after 1994?

C has too many logical holes, while E can be sustaned.
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Re: In the Business program at a university [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 22:26
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Let us look t the temporal order.

Before 1991: neither ME nor AE
1991 to 1194: only ME
1995 onwards: Only AE

Now where can you fix a person with ME? You can’t anywhere other than between 1990 and 1995. That is the reason E prevails.


No, the answer is not E, and the information about Microeconomics is indeed irrelevant. There is nothing at all stated in the question about what courses people took prior to 1991. Maybe they took Microeconomics, maybe they took Applied Ecomonics, maybe they took both or maybe they took neither. You seem to be assuming they took neither - that information is not found anywhere in the question.
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Re: In the Business program at a university, all candidates for [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 02:54
Okay so we have a verbal expert who says its E and we have a GMAT instructor who says it isn't E. So what we do from here?
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Re: In the Business program at a university, all candidates for [#permalink] New post 11 May 2014, 00:01
I chose 'E'.Can someone just help clarify. I somehow feel 'c' is not the correct answer. The lack of consensus between the verbal expert and the gmat tutor has added to my confusion. Someone please help with this!
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Re: In the Business program at a university, all candidates for [#permalink] New post 13 May 2014, 20:36
I think E is the correct option.

In option C, it's mentioned the student entered the university prior to 1994.
Case 1 - Say student entered in the year 1992, it satisfies the argument. Hence true.
Case 2 - Say student entered in the year 1988. The argument gets false.

Can someone please post the OE?
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