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8. The director of a secondary school where many students were having severe academic problems impaneled a committee to study the matter. The committee reported that these students were having academic problems because they spent large amounts of time on school sports and too little time studying. The director then prohibited all students who were having academic problems from taking part in sports in which they were active. He stated that this would ensure that such students would do well academically.

The reasoning on which the director bases his statement is not sound because he fails to establish that

(A) some students who spend time on sports do not have academic problems
(B) all students who do well academically do so because of time saved by not participating in sports
(C) at least some of the time the students will save by not participating in sports will be spent on solving their academic problems
(D) no students who do well academically spend time on sports
(E) the quality of the school’s sports program would not suffer as a result of the ban
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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2005, 17:37
B ... it is
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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2005, 18:15
Yup, B. he concludes his conclusion without establishing this relationship described in B.
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(B) all students who do well academically do so because of time saved by not participating in sports
- The director assumes that by not participating in sports, the student's results will improve. But he has not established whether this fact is true. B is the best answer
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Answer [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2005, 16:12
The OA is C.
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Re: Answer [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2005, 10:49
WinWinMBA wrote:
The OA is C.


WinWin, kindly post the OE to this question. I do not understand why it is (C). Anyone understands? Kindly help.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2005, 11:23
I do not have the OE, however, acording to the stimulus:

"The director of a secondary school where many students were having severe academic problems impaneled a committee to study the matter. The committee reported that these students were having academic problems because they spent large amounts of time on school sports and too little time studying. The director then prohibited all students who were having academic problems from taking part in sports in which they were active. He stated that this would ensure that such students would do well academically"


The director did NOT prohit all students from doing sports. Only those with academic difficulties. So it implies some students can in fact excel in academics + play sports.

Thus B is incorrect.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2005, 08:54
WinWinMBA wrote:
I do not have the OE, however, acording to the stimulus:

"The director of a secondary school where many students were having severe academic problems impaneled a committee to study the matter. The committee reported that these students were having academic problems because they spent large amounts of time on school sports and too little time studying. The director then prohibited all students who were having academic problems from taking part in sports in which they were active. He stated that this would ensure that such students would do well academically"


The director did NOT prohit all students from doing sports. Only those with academic difficulties. So it implies some students can in fact excel in academics + play sports.

Thus B is incorrect.


yeah, WinWin, i agree on the falsity of B, but truly, i had no correct answer of all the choices.

I expect an argument that says something like, 'the time students save from not participating in sports may be used in other irrelevant activities rather than their academics.'

(Since the principal concludes that his proposal will ensure that student's academic performance improve).


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