You have mixed up a premise and the conclusion
Studying regularly is one factor that has been shown to improve one's performance on the GMAT. (This is a fact that the author states)
Melissa took the GMAT and scored a 500. ( THis is another fact)
If she studies several times a week, Melissa can expect to improve her score(This is the conclusion because the Author merges the two statements together and makes a statement about Melissa. This statement is impossible to make without first stating the premises. The reason this is the conclusion because this statement follows from the above premises)
Hope that clears it up. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
Got your point.. "has been shown" makes this sentence a fact
Studying regularly is one factor that has been shown
to improve one's performance on the GMAT.
Thanks for holding up for making this understand.
Upon further digging up in Manhattan GMAT
, I found that claims should be looked upon in an argument in order to locate a conclusion.
Claims often contain one or more of the following three types of language:
A) Predict the Future. Look out for verbs or verb constructions that ate in the future tense or that otherwise refer to the future. For example: will, should, can be expected to, could result in, are likely to, etc.
If this is true, then first statement "Studying regularly is one factor that has been shown
to ..." is in past and cant be a conclusion.
B. Subjective Opinion. Anything that expresses an opinion is likely to be a claim.
C. Cause and Effect. Cause and effect statements are signaled by a number of key words: eg. If X happens, then Y happens.
This is actually there in final sentence and thus making it a conclusion.
If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.
Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
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