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The math professor s goals for classroom honesty and [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 08:32
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The math professor’s goals for classroom honesty and accurate student assessment were founded upon his belief that the fear of punishment and corresponding loss of privileges would make students think twice or even three times before cheating on exams, thus virtually eliminating cheating in his classroom. In order for this atmosphere to prevail, the students had to believe that the consequences for cheating were severe and that the professor had the means to discover cheaters and enforce the punishment against them.

If the statements contained in the preceding passage are true, which one of the following can be properly inferred?

(A) A student would only be deterred from cheating if he knew he would be discovered and punished.

(B) A student will not cheat on an exam if he feels he is well prepared for the exam.

(C) A student who cheats on an exam believes that he will not be able to pass the exam without cheating.

(D) If the professor wants to achieve his goals, he should make his students aware of his policy on cheating and the consequences that would befall those who
cheat on his exams.

(E) If the professor wants never to have an incident of cheating in his classroom, his policy on cheating must be stronger than any other professor’s policy on cheating.

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Re: The math professor’s goals for classroom honesty and accurat [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 08:43
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The math professor’s goals for classroom honesty and accurate student assessment were founded upon his belief that the fear of punishment and corresponding loss of privileges would make students think twice or even three times before cheating on exams, thus virtually eliminating cheating in his classroom. In order for this atmosphere to prevail, the students had to believe that the consequences for cheating were severe and that the professor had the means to discover cheaters and enforce the punishment against them.

If the statements contained in the preceding passage are true, which one of the following can be properly inferred?

(A) A student would only be deterred from cheating if he knew he would be discovered and punished.

(B) A student will not cheat on an exam if he feels he is well prepared for the exam.

(C) A student who cheats on an exam believes that he will not be able to pass the exam without cheating.

(D) If the professor wants to achieve his goals, he should make his students aware of his policy on cheating and the consequences that would befall those who
cheat on his exams.

(E) If the professor wants never to have an incident of cheating in his classroom, his policy on cheating must be stronger than any other professor’s policy on cheating.





The answer is D.

If students don't know that they will be ducked if they cheat then they will continue to cheat.
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Re: The math professor’s goals for classroom honesty and accurat [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 08:59
(A) talks about "A Student" in general, and not specifically to the students mentioned in the stimulus, so even though a student would deter from cheating on knowing that he would be discovered, but this General fact has no effect on the inference which has to depend on the logical inference of the stimulus.

Similarily in (B) and (C) these statements could be true in general world, but provide no inference what so ever based on the stimulus.

(E) Falls out of scope as there is no mention of comparing the methods of cheating prevention between 2 professors.

(D) is correct, as it correctly writes in simple words the gist of the stimulus which can be deciphered from the last statement of the stimulus. and necessarily has to be true for the conclusion to stay.
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Re: The math professor’s goals for classroom honesty and accurat [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 09:03
conty911 wrote:
The math professor’s goals for classroom honesty and accurate student assessment were founded upon his belief that the fear of punishment and corresponding loss of privileges would make students think twice or even three times before cheating on exams, thus virtually eliminating cheating in his classroom. In order for this atmosphere to prevail, the students had to believe that the consequences for cheating were severe and that the professor had the means to discover cheaters and enforce the punishment against them.

If the statements contained in the preceding passage are true, which one of the following can be properly inferred?

(A) A student would only be deterred from cheating if he knew he would be discovered and punished.

(B) A student will not cheat on an exam if he feels he is well prepared for the exam.

(C) A student who cheats on an exam believes that he will not be able to pass the exam without cheating.

(D) If the professor wants to achieve his goals, he should make his students aware of his policy on cheating and the consequences that would befall those who
cheat on his exams.

(E) If the professor wants never to have an incident of cheating in his classroom, his policy on cheating must be stronger than any other professor’s policy on cheating.


+1 D

In the inference question the correct answer must only contain data from the argument. Another way of saying this is that the correct answer can be a paraphrase of the premise. Option "D" here is the paraphrase of the premise stated in the argument.
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Re: The math professor’s goals for classroom honesty and accurat [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 10:50
Good reasoning every one OA is D :)
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