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Top college graduates are having more difficulty [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2006, 11:06
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Top college graduates are having more difficulty demonstrating their superiority to prospective employers than did the top students of twenty years ago when an honors degree was distinction enough. Today’s employers are less impressed with the honors degree. Twenty years ago no more than 10 percent of a given class graduated with honors. Today, however, because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class. Therefore, to restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation.
Which one of the following is an assumption that, if true, would support the conclusion in the passage?

(A) Today’s students are not higher achievers than the students of twenty years ago.
(B) Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades.
(C) Today’s employers rely on honors ranking in making their hiring decisions.
(D) It is not easy for students with low grades to obtain jobs.
(E) Colleges must make employers aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degree.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2006, 16:15
A is an assumption that would support the conclusion

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2006, 12:34
I would say D is the answer. If you negate it -- making it "It is easy for students with low grades to obtain jobs." -- then the argument wouldn't stand.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2006, 13:02
My pick is A.

Today’s students are not higher achievers than the students of twenty years ago.

This implies that no of high achievers have reduced significantly. Since grading is relative to class performance, more average performers end up getting honors.

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2006, 08:54
I'll go wtih B.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2006, 03:52
I go for B.

A says today's student are not achivers- but what has to it to do with grades and hiring.

C talk about honors ranking - so not required
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2006, 04:52
I think A..
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2006, 22:53
I will go with A.
The honors was enough for employesrs 10 years ago but it is not enough now. Also only 10% of students would use to make it to the honors but due to grade inflation now 50% of the students do. If we assume that students now are no brighter than students 10 years ago then the reason(grade inflation) that large number of students are passing with honors today is validated.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2006, 23:03
I think .. B should be the ans ...
The conclusion is : "colleges must take steps to control grade inflation".
Now this conclusion is based on the fact: "Collegest are awarding greater number of degrees today than 20 yrs ago"..
The link between these two statements should be : "The colleges are awarding too many degrees today, resulting in grade inflation".
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2006, 00:50
I think A sounds good and jayanayak's expln holds true.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2006, 06:14
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2006, 08:34
Even I will go with A
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2006, 09:39
Conclusion is

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Therefore, to restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation.


To support the conclusion what could be possible assumption?

(A) No. speaks about students achievement.
(B) Yes. Says Colleges are awarding too many degrees.
(C) No. Irrelevant
(D), (E) No. Nothing to do with Conclusion
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2006, 19:49
Its definitely between A and C.

But C is more concerned about the employers but passage is not. Th econclusion is about the colleges and students.

So I will got with A.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2006, 00:13
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2006, 04:12
id go with A
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2006, 08:35
B it is.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 18:08
The OA seems to be A (from 1000CR), but isn't B a better answer b/c it deals more directly with the conclusion of the passage?

"Therefore, to restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation."

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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 20:44
My vote is for B...

A is too broad of an assumption. The passage says nothing of over achieving, but of have how degrees are being given out to easily..
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 20:46
B here..
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