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St.John's is the best school in the city as in each of the [#permalink]
03 Jan 2013, 01:15

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St.John's is the best school in the city because one or more of its students have always got selected to the national math olympiad team in the past ten years.

Which of the following is an underlying assumption of the argument above?

A. If a student of a school doesn't get selected to the national math olympiad team, then that school cannot be considered good B. At least one of the students of the best school in a city is highly talented in math. C.Selection to the national math olympiad team is extremely difficult D. Selection of students of a school to the national math olympiad team can be a good indicator of the quality of that school. E.Most of the brightest students do not compete for a place in the national math olympiad team

Re: St.John's is the best school in the city as in each of the [#permalink]
04 Jan 2013, 07:18

SravnaTestPrep wrote:

St.John's is the best school in the city as in each of the past ten years, one or more of its students have always got selected to the national math olympiad team.

Which of the following is an underlying assumption of the argument above?

A. If a student of a school doesn't get selected to the national math olympiad team, then that school cannot be considered good B. At least one of the students of the best school in a city is highly talented in math. C.Selection to the national math olympiad team is extremely difficult D. Selection of students of a school to the national math olympiad team can be a good indicator of the quality of that school. E.Most of the brightest students do not compete for a place in the national math olympiad team

"Have got selected" is incorrect. It should be "have been selected". The original sentence does not make much sense. I am assuming that that St. John's is the best school and that, as in each of the past ten years, one or most of its students have been selected to the national math olympiad team. If that is true, the sentence should read something like "St. John's is the best school in the city, and as in the past ten years, one or more of its student have been selected to the national math olympiad team." The original sentence is confusing because it does not make clear what "as in each of the past ten years" is modifying. _________________

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Re: St.John's is the best school in the city as in each of the [#permalink]
04 Jan 2013, 16:28

commdiver wrote:

SravnaTestPrep wrote:

St.John's is the best school in the city because one or more of its students have always got selected to the national math olympiad team in the past ten years.

Which of the following is an underlying assumption of the argument above?

A. If a student of a school doesn't get selected to the national math olympiad team, then that school cannot be considered good B. At least one of the students of the best school in a city is highly talented in math. C.Selection to the national math olympiad team is extremely difficult D. Selection of students of a school to the national math olympiad team can be a good indicator of the quality of that school. E.Most of the brightest students do not compete for a place in the national math olympiad team

"Have got selected" is incorrect. It should be "have been selected". The original sentence does not make much sense. I am assuming that that St. John's is the best school and that, as in each of the past ten years, one or most of its students have been selected to the national math olympiad team. If that is true, the sentence should read something like "St. John's is the best school in the city, and as in the past ten years, one or more of its student have been selected to the national math olympiad team." The original sentence is confusing because it does not make clear what "as in each of the past ten years" is modifying.

No I do not mean " and as in each of the past ten years"

Here is a paraphrase of what I wrote:

St.John's is the best school in the city because its students have always been selected to the national math olympiad team.

I have slightly modified the sentence though to make it more readily understandable. _________________

Sorry folks I was not aware of the rules but nothing substantive has been changed though. But I do understand that I have to stick to the rules. _________________

Re: St.John's is the best school in the city as in each of the [#permalink]
31 Jan 2013, 07:32

targetbschool wrote:

I thought of D, but the " Can " in the statement confused me.... So, I opted for A.

Any explanation why A is incorrect?

A is incorrect because there may be more than one measure of the quality of a school. The author implies that selection to the national math olympiad team is the preeminent measure in that case. Thus choice A is wrong because a school may be good on other yardsticks and so be considered good. _________________

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