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Students from outside the province of Markland, who in any given academic year pay twice as much tuition each as do students from Markland, had traditionally accounted for at least two-thirds of the enrollment at Central Markland College. Over the past 10 years academic standards at the college have risen, and the proportion of students who are not Marklanders has dropped to around 40%.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the statements above?

(A) If it had not been for the high tuition paid by students from outside Markland, the college could not have improved its academic standards over the past 10 years.

(B)If academic standards had not risen over the past 10 years, students who are not Marklanders would still account for at least two-thirds of the college's enrollment.

(C) Over the past 10 years, the number of students from Markland increased and the number of students from outside Markland decreased.

(D) Over the past 10 years, academic standards at Central Markland College have risen by more than academic standards at any other college in Markland.

(E) If the college's per capita revenue from tuition has remained the same, tuition fees have increased over the past 10 years.
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03 Oct 2006, 07:54
E it is
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03 Oct 2006, 08:50
one more E.

per capita fees remained the same. The no of students from outside is decreasing. That means the institute must have raised the fees.
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03 Oct 2006, 08:55
I think it is B
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03 Oct 2006, 11:47
Yes its E
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03 Oct 2006, 11:49
Straight E.

Outside Markland students pay twice as much as the Markland students. Here academic improvement is not the issue.
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03 Oct 2006, 18:54
E for me.

it seems the outside students have left due to the high tuition fee.
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03 Oct 2006, 21:24
B for me

Inference should sum up the info explicitly stated in the passage. Inference questions do not need too much analysis or interpretation and there is no need to unravel the implied meaning.
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03 Oct 2006, 22:40
B for me as well. Should be clear inference, rather than extrapolation.
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04 Oct 2006, 00:13
B says that the rise in the standard of education causes the change. That is unlikely.

and B never mentions anything about the tuition.
it is not convincing as an inference.
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04 Oct 2006, 05:34
its E
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04 Oct 2006, 07:07
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B for me

Inference should sum up the info explicitly stated in the passage. Inference questions do not need too much analysis or interpretation and there is no need to unravel the implied meaning.

Not always. Inference CRs sometimes require us to make a conclusion based on the facts presented, which is exactly the case here.

How can we conclusively infer a hypothetical cause/effect relationship from this passage?

(E) stands here.
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04 Oct 2006, 07:36
correct.

example, MATHEMATICALLY:

To maintain 66.6% and 40% of NON-MARKLANDERS OVER LAST 10 YRS,

10 YRS BACK: 20 NON MARKLANDERS 10 MARKLANDERS TOTAL = 30
(lets say total revenue per head: x/30 ==$1000 tution hypothetically implies x=$30000 )

NOW: 4 NON-MARKLANDERS, 10 MARKLANDERS = 14

Thus, if per capita revenue has still remained the same then, it should be $1000. Therefore, 30000/14=$2142

Thus it has gone up.

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04 Oct 2006, 19:05
Good job, everyone. OA is E ...if anyone is interested in OE, PM me coz i don't want to infringe the copyright here
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