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Re: Smithtown University s fund-raisers succeeded in getting [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2014, 15:59
Goal: Find support for the argument
Argument: The success rate is not an indication that the fund-raisers are doing their best effort. Previous donors more likely to donate again.
Choices:
A-Proves that fund-raisers are contacting new prospects. WRONG.
B-New donors outnumbered previous donors thru fund raisers' effort. WRONG.
C-Donations from previous donors flow in without fund-raisers' effort. CORRECT.
D-New donors thru fund-raisers' effort. WRONG.
E-More than half of donation from new donors. WRONG.

*Wrong- because it does not SUPPORT the argument.
*Correct- supports the argument.

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Re: Smithtown University s fund-raisers succeeded in getting [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2014, 13:14
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Smithtown University’s fund-raisers succeeded in getting donations from 80 percent of the potential donors they contacted. This success rate, exceptionally high for university fund-raisers, does not indicate that they were doing a good job. On the contrary, since the people most likely to donate are those who have donated in the past, good fund-raisers constantly try less-likely prospects in an effort to expand the donor base. The high success rate shows insufficient canvassing effort.

Which of the following, if true, provides more support for the argument?

A. Smithtown University’s fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fund-raisers for other universities in their contacts with such people. - this contridicts the premisis
B. This year the average size of the donations to Smithtown University from new donors when the university’s fund-raisers had contacted was larger than the average size of donations from donors who had given to the university before. - it says new doners - same reason as A
C. This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university’s fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors. - this reasons the without canvassing theory said in the premises so this is right !
D. The majority of the donations that fund-raisers succeeded in getting for Smithtown University this year were from donors who had never given to the university before. - same as A
E. More than half of the money raised by Smithtown University’s fund-raisers came from donors who had never previously donated to the university. - different words but same meaning as D


Can anyone share the source of this problem ?
I think this can not come in GMAT as it is because -
Options B,C,D Can Not be the answer there, as B,C,D options limits the scope of this argument to one year/ this year !!
The problem statement shared says Nothing about one year/ this year.
Such cope shift allows that given options can be kicked out.

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Re: Smithtown University s fund-raisers succeeded in getting [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2015, 17:47
For me its C . C is the only one which supports the argument. A does the opposite
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Re: Smithtown University s fund-raisers succeeded in getting [#permalink] New post 02 May 2015, 21:04
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The answer is A not C.
C weakens the argument in a sly manner, but once you see it, the question becomes easier.
C states that most old donors gave money to the university without the university contacting them. This weakens the argument of the fund-raisers not looking for new donors, because it would then imply that a good portion of the 80% of donors contacted were new donors.

A states that the school performed just as well as other schools did when it came to expanding its donor base; this implies that they didn't do an outstanding job as described in the argument; this strengthens the argument albeit weakly, but it is the BEST answer

B: Wrong; doesn't strengthen the argument
DE: Wrong; weaken the argument
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Re: Smithtown University s fund-raisers succeeded in getting [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2015, 01:25
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Smithtown University’s fund-raisers succeeded in getting donations from 80 percent of the potential donors they contacted.
This success rate, exceptionally high for university fund-raisers, does not indicate that they were doing a good job.
On the contrary, since the people most likely to donate are those who have donated in the past, good fund-raisers constantly try less-likely prospects in an effort to expand the donor base.
The high success rate shows insufficient canvassing effort.

Crux here is:
SU fund raiser's high success rate doesn't show that they r doing good job. High success rate shows insufficient effort.

One way to strengthen the conclusion is by comparing SU fund raiser performance with others.

A Vs C. As rest of the options are more on weakener line.

A. Smithtown University's fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fundraisers for other universities in their contacts with such people.
>> SU and non SU students were equally successful in influencing the first time donors. This means both r equally good.


C. This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university's fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors.
>> This year 'most of the donation from people who had previously donated to Univ.' were made without the University's fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors.
Now this doesn't help in weakening or strengthening the argument. Argument is based upon the potential donor who were contacted. Donors who were not contacted represents different set.

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Re: Smithtown University s fund-raisers succeeded in getting [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2015, 22:19
Im able to eliminate Option C here , but im still unable to understand how option A strengthens the argument.


option A says: SU fund-raisers were equally successful as other college fund raisers are.

Im unable to understand how can this support "SU fund-raisers are not good fund raisers " or "SU fund-raisers had insufficient canvassing effort.".

Nothing is mentioned about other College Fund Raisers. I mean what if other Fund Raisers are really "Good fund raisers" : they always tried to contact more first time Fund Raisers.
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