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02 Jun 2009, 02:40
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Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
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02 Jun 2009, 07:07
Not sure about the reasoning but I feel C is correct.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming (Seem awkward to me)
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes (Seem awkward to me)
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes (My choice for correct answer)
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming (Meaning changed)
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming (Meaning changed)
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02 Jun 2009, 08:51
Options A, B and E have pronoun reference errors
Option D, meaning changed

Option C seems right

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02 Jun 2009, 09:02
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Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.
(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

I go with option E. As before, PLEASE UNDERLINE THE SECTION NEEDING TO BE CHANGED.
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02 Jun 2009, 10:25
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I go with option E. As before, PLEASE UNDERLINE THE SECTION NEEDING TO BE CHANGED.

Option E says students are lacking in math skills itself, whereas the question somewhat says they have math skills but it is not upto mark to make them compititive in city economy. Not sure if it makes sense but you can say it's more GMATish

So I strongly believe E is incorrect choice.
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02 Jun 2009, 10:49
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I go with option E. As before, PLEASE UNDERLINE THE SECTION NEEDING TO BE CHANGED.

Option E says students are lacking in math skills itself, whereas the question somewhat says they have math skills but it is not upto mark to make them compititive in city economy. Not sure if it makes sense but you can say it's more GMATish

So I strongly believe E is incorrect choice.

I stand by my answer choice of E. There isn't much of a difference between are so lacking math skills and lack math skills to such a large degree. A is way too complicated and uses unnecessary words.

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03 Jun 2009, 07:09
So shud always be accompained by That..

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03 Jun 2009, 07:31
A is too wordy while E is much more concise and conveys the exact same point. Hence E... still waiting for OA
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03 Jun 2009, 13:14
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E. Them only refers to people. E avoids pronoun reference error created by they and wordiness of choice A.
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03 Jun 2009, 18:50
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I stand by my answer choice of E. There isn't much of a difference between are so lacking math skills and lack math skills to such a large degree. A is way too complicated and uses unnecessary words.

You are right . OA is E, found this in OG11.
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04 Jun 2009, 10:06
The Sentence resembles an action happening (economy becoming )so the use of present progressive tense "are lacking " is preferred to rather simple present "lack"

Also the usage of right idiomatic expression "so x that" as in option E makes it a preferable choice.
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04 Jun 2009, 23:41
OA is "E"
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26 May 2010, 07:24
Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.
(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming-
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes--
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes---"Student in the metropolitan school district" does not go with "lack of math skills"
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming---Correct
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27 May 2010, 09:08
I would also go with E. Unfortunate but true I could get the answer on this SC in under 30 secs. And mostly do on all questions of SC on the club. But whenever I attempt some standardized CAT test my answers never reach this accuracy level. Why? Are these questions that are posted here easy?

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31 May 2010, 14:21
can someone please explain why D is wrong? I thought "city's economy" is better than "city economy".

Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
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12 Jun 2010, 19:41
Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming >>> correct answer
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28 Nov 2010, 08:25
I think that it is all about the idiom so X that Y
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can someone please explain why D is wrong? I thought "city's economy" is better than "city economy".

Students in the metropolitan school district lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming ever more dependent on information-based industries.

(A) lack math skills to such a large degree as to make it difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming
(B) lack math skills to a large enough degree that they will be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy that becomes
(C) lack of math skills is so large as to be difficult to absorb them into a city’s economy that becomes
(D) are lacking so much in math skills as to be difficult to absorb into a city’s economy becoming
(E) are so lacking in math skills that it will be difficult to absorb them into a city economy becoming

D is wrong because "are lacking so much" is unidiomatic correct way of saying it is "so lacking in" also "as to be" is not idiomatic either. Also when you using "so" to suggest exten - ot needs to be followed by "that" to complete the thought. Hope it helps.
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30 May 2011, 03:36
The answer is E - the Idiom "So X that Y" has been used here.
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30 May 2011, 05:20
E
Bcz of GMATish way of thinking

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