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The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and
twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.
To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of
the following characteristics?
(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college
(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college
(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions
(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college
(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school
Please explain your answer choices.
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Re: CR - Proportion of women [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2004, 04:53
I think it is D.

The relative percentages of men and women who have joined the colleges is a better bet to evaluate the argument because the argument is clearly about 'The proportion of women among students' as given in the stem.


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The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and
twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.
To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of
the following characteristics?
(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college
(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college
(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions
(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college
(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school
Please explain your answer choices.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2004, 08:04
Definately D, because the stats only cite women from 20-21, hence we need the other half (proportion of men-same age group).
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2004, 08:20
We need the percentage of men between that age group to determine the proportion of women enrolled in higher school program. D is best.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2004, 22:41
Agreed D is right, but i'm also thinking over the aspects of A not being the right answer. Though it only says 11% for 59 and 30% for 80, i feel we should consider the number of women who never went for higher education? Can someone elucidite me?
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