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The economy is in a dismal state, universities are suffering from cutbacks, and many students must turn to any source of funds available if they are to make ends meet. Faced with this situation, the university has terminated the employment of some of its more productive departmental workers. Why? University regulations prohibit a student’s receiving financial aid and then working for an auxiliary income that exceeds a specified limit. Employees whose incomes had reached that limit were terminated. Now, the university must find other employees. Unfortunately, though, the university’s choice of students to fill the positions will not be based upon their abilities to perform, or even upon their financial need, but upon how much money they have made.

Which one of the following is the best statement or the primary point of the passage?
(A) Good student-employees should be able to obtain financial aid and, at the same time, earn auxiliary incomes without limits.
(B) In the face of a declining economy, universities need to be more lenient in their financial aid policies.
(C) University departments must adhere to the university’s regulations.
(D) Decisions about student employment should be based entirely upon each student’s financial need.
(E) Due to the problems created by a dismal economy, some student-workers have lost their jobs.
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19 Jun 2010, 09:13
Interesting topic.

E is a premise. D contradicts the premise. C out of scope. B is Irrelevant

But A is hard to digest on the face value -
(A) Good student-employees should be able to obtain financial aid and, at the same time, earn auxiliary incomes without limits. ???

should be able to obtain financial aid ---> AFFIRMATIVE
at the same time, earn auxiliary incomes without limits. ---> How??? Employees whose incomes had reached that limit were terminated. So are they going to go against regulation?
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19 Jun 2010, 11:03
I would have chosen A, but it says students can earn auxiliary income without limits where as the passage states that students who are on financial aid cannot earn more than a specified amount. So how is A possible? any OE for this question? Source?
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19 Jun 2010, 11:37
i think the answer should be b. a contradicts the passage's argument since there is an income limit. between them - b makes sense since the the main point is the need for flexibility in a bad financial period.
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19 Jun 2010, 20:24
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Do you have the explanation? OA is a paradox. Are we solving the question? Or are we solving the answer LOL
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20 Jun 2010, 15:01
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Do you have the explanation? OA is a paradox. Are we solving the question? Or are we solving the answer LOL

No i do not have any explanation.

It is from LSAT.

I was with A, since it is the only one I can say that it is true after reading the passage. Nevertheless, it is not the main point but just a premise.

Could anybody elaborate on A?
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20 Jun 2010, 15:27
nusmavrik wrote:
Interesting topic.

E is a premise. D contradicts the premise. C out of scope. B is Irrelevant

But A is hard to digest on the face value -
(A) Good student-employees should be able to obtain financial aid and, at the same time, earn auxiliary incomes without limits. ???

should be able to obtain financial aid ---> AFFIRMATIVE
at the same time, earn auxiliary incomes without limits. ---> How??? Employees whose incomes had reached that limit were terminated. So are they going to go against regulation?

Hi Nusmavrik,

I had eliminated answers ddown to A and B, but then I chose A, because of 3 things:
1. Simply because the university currently places a limit on auxiliary income, it does not mean the author agrees with it. The author could be suggesting that the limit be removed.
2. When I'm reading a RC passage, I find the most accurate answer is the one that refers to something more specific in the paragraph. In this case, "universities should be more lenient" is not as specific as "good student employees should be able to obtain financial aid and at the same time earn auxiliary incomes without limits".
3. The author's tone places emphasis on the ability of student-employees, above and beyond financial aid restrictions. So this answer reflects the author's tone more accurately than B.

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20 Jun 2010, 18:41
I can't believe you solved the CR like a RC LOLS. You marked the right answer cool. But I am not convinced with the reasoning for A.
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20 Jun 2010, 23:15
What does LOL mean?
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Laugh out loud . Critical thinking
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23 Jun 2010, 03:24
I think that the key word is Unfortunately.
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28 Jun 2010, 12:29
(A) Good student-employees should be able to obtain financial aid and, at the same time, earn auxiliary incomes without limits.
-- This is the main point of passage. Word 'unfortunately' is a clear indicator of it. Hence A is a correct answer choice.

(B) In the face of a declining economy, universities need to be more lenient in their financial aid policies.
-- This is irrelevant information. Hence B cannot be a correct answer choice.

(C) University departments must adhere to the university’s regulations.
-- Argument is no where related to adhering to the regulations. Hence C is not a correct answer choice.

(D) Decisions about student employment should be based entirely upon each student’s financial need.
-- This is an opposite answer. Hence D is not a correct answer choice.

(E) Due to the problems created by a dismal economy, some student-workers have lost their jobs.
-- This is true, but not the main point of the argument. Hence E cannot be a correct answer choice.
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28 Jun 2010, 18:48
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I think that the key word is Unfortunately.

I agree. It makes it clear that the author disagrees with the auxiliary income restrictions. "A" seems obvious in this case.
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28 Jun 2010, 20:46
The author disagrees or the University?

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noboru wrote:
I think that the key word is Unfortunately.

I agree. It makes it clear that the author disagrees with the auxiliary income restrictions. "A" seems obvious in this case.

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28 Jun 2010, 22:34
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I think that the key word is Unfortunately.

yep! So is "though". In main point questions, be very partial to contrast keywords such as "though". Use the keywords to think about the author's intent in arguing.

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The author disagrees or the University?

The author starts out be explaining the economic conditions that provoked certain university regulations. But the author disagrees with these university regulations. He doesn't like them. He thinks they lead to an "unfortunat[e]" situation. Thus, his whole reason for arguing--his intent in arguing--is to argue against those regulations.

And the regulations "prohibit a student’s receiving financial aid and then working for an auxiliary income that exceeds a specified limit".

Thus, the author's main point is:

"Good student-employees should be able to obtain financial aid and, at the same time, earn auxiliary incomes without limits."
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29 Jun 2010, 10:34
I will also go with A
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03 Jun 2015, 22:20
Y can't B be the answer as the argument mostly focuses on the universities instead of the students
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