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OA please vageesh.
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New post 21 Sep 2009, 22:21
The OA is E, according to a private source, as well as the discussion from the other forum.

However, I feel that this question is poorly constructed. I think the answer is E, after carefully thinking and brainwashing myself, because C does not adequately explain the conclusion in this argument. The conclusion of the argument states " Newtown does not face a shortage in the late 1990's". If you read C carefully, the answer becomes irrelavent because the answer is discussing what the school board believes, but not addressing the conclusion itself, that there's no shortage. If you were to look at E, you'd find that the explanation in E talks about who there's no shortage. After convincing myself to this thinking, I still feel that E is not a good answer because it simply talks about 1993. Since the conclusion states 1990's, 1993 itself should not adequately address the explanation because we do not know what happened in 1997, or 1998, etc.

.....my personal conclusion is...this question sucks...
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New post 18 Sep 2011, 19:20
I don't think that this question is bad.
Premise: decrease in the number of APPLICATIONS
Conclusion: shortage of teachers (the number of VACANCIES increased)
There is a gap between the number of APPLICATIONS and that of VACANCIES.
Only E adresses this gap.
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+1 E
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New post 21 Sep 2011, 01:13
yeah I will also go for E. A simpler one though.
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I picked C for this question can someone explain! Thanks.
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New post 15 Jul 2013, 08:59
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I picked C for this question can someone explain! Thanks.


The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools was 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985. despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations, however, Newtown does not face a shortage in the late 1990’s.


ACCORDING TO ARGUMENT:
NUMBER OF APPLICATION HAS DROPPED IN 1993 AND 1994...compared to number of application of year 1985
now it also says school doesnt face shortage..in late 1990
this is possible only either number of application was much higher than availability of teaching position in 1985
or student to teacher ratio would have increased.



now option C
(C) The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.==>
THIS SHOWS THAT THEY HAVE NOT INCREASED THE RATIO THING...so it is not explainig the paradox...
if it were like this
The Newtown school board contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s===>then it would have been the right answer

(E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.===>this one clearly answering the paradox....number of available positions was less...so small decrease in number of application ...doesnt affect ....hence this one is correct

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New post 16 Feb 2014, 20:36
I choose E because others seem wrong, but I'm not sure the answer and could some instructor or expert give a hint?
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The number of applications for teaching positions 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985
The number of applications for teaching positions 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985

So the number of applications was decreasing. :idea: [ NOTE: that it is not mentioned about available position ] { it is possible that available positions were very very less }

The student population was growing.

The number of teacher resignations were increasing.[ Note: It is not mentioned about how much percent ?]

Newtown did not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

So any possible Explanation that there were fewer available position then number of application for that job explain why there was not shortage.


E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available==> Perfect. Available positions were already very low so even fewer number of application doesn't matter.


No other options explain this discrepancy .
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The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools was 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985. despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations, however, Newtown does not face a shortage in the late 1990’s.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

(A) Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school.
(B) New housing developments planned for Newtown are (shared) for occupancy in 1987 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public
(C) The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.
(D) Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced lower graduates in 1994 than in 1993.
(E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.

VeritasPrepKarishma hi ,please explain why option 'e' is correct. Also what discrepancy is the question asking. Is it comparison btw 1993 and 1994 ,or 1993 and late 1990. Is it asking explanation for 0.2 % lower no . of apllications in 1993. Totally confused
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New post 27 Oct 2015, 11:33
Let's try , though I am no expert :stupid2 and initially chose C over E

cybera wrote:
The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools was 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985.


Let the scenario be something like this

No of Teachers in 1985 = 1000 ; No of Teachers resigned between 1985-1993 =57
No of Teachers in 1993 = 943 ; No of Teachers resigned between 19931994 =2
No of Teachers in 1994 = 941

cybera wrote:
Despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations , however, Newtown does not face a shortage in the late 1990’s.


How can this be possible ; teachers are resigning yet shortage of teachers take place , that to with additional students ?

Definitely through new recruitment.
Now lets jump to our options and find the correct answer.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

(A) Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school. - Outright Irrelevent
(B) New housing developments planned for Newtown are (shared) for occupancy in 1987 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public - Outright Irrelevent
(C) The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.

This looks promising lets test -

Ratio of students to teachers = No of Students / No of Teachers

Let No of Students in 1993 be 10000 , No of Teachers be 1000 ; Ratio of students to teachers = 10
Let No of Students in 1994 be 11000 , No of Teachers be 1100; Ratio of students to teachers = 10 [ 100 additional Teacher required to maintain same ratio]
Let No of Students in 1994 be 13200 , No of Teachers be 1320 ; Ratio of students to teachers = 10 [220 additional Teacher required to maintain same ratio]
And so on.........

The concept is clear , there must be an equal percentage increase in both the Numerator ( Students ) and Teachers and Denominator ( Teachers ) , teachers to maintain the same ratio of students to Teacher.

This option just touches the concept of recruitment of additional staff without directly stating the same - Lets hold it !!

(D) Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced lower graduates in 1994 than in 1993. Irrelevent

(E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.

Lets bring back our data -

No of Teachers in 1993 = 943 ; No of Teachers resigned between 19931994 =2 ; 2.8 Teachers wished to join the teaching position.

Now comes the fun , the School authority has the following options -

1. Recruit only the number teachers resigned to replace those who have resigned
2. Keep a pool (Excess candidates foud eligible - for future requirement ) of candidates for the Post of teachers found eligibble for the post in near future
3. Recruit all those candidates found eligible ( To meet future requirements )

This options clearly refers to recruitment of teachers to meet those who resigned ( As well for future anticipated requirement)

Hence I would love to go with (E) , for the following reasons -

1. It clearly refers to Recruitment of staff
2. Considers additional ( Anticipated ) requirements.

Hence I prefer E over C
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Question is asking that when there is a dip in % of applications for teaching job and continuous increase in no. of students enrolled together with a trend where many teachers have resigned, how come the school did not feel the shortage of teacher.
EXPLANATION: The only way it is possible is that in absolute number terms if they are getting applications more than the vacancies they have at any point of the time, they will not feel the shortage. The same things is explained in choice E. Analogy: if John's income is decreasing and his expenses are increasing, there is still a possibility that he is not feeling the heat of this if it is proved that decreased income is still higher than the increased expenses.
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