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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┬б┬пs 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 25 Mar 2004, 12:25
A looks fine to me. If today's students are better achiever, then we could not blame the grade increasee on grade inflation. A has to be assumed for the argument to stand
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2004, 12:31
anandnk wrote:
I will go with B on this one.

:oops: I immediately saw my error. You are right
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2004, 12:36
Hi Paul,

I refered dictionary to check the meaning of honors. I believe honors means high grades. If that is the case then B stands out. Otherwise A is probably right. I believe the reasoning behind my choosing of B is not correct. I was debating between A and B. I rejected A because I thought awarding degrees is making more qualified people in the work force and employers think that probably the courses are easy. However A is good because it compares apples to apples in the sense that students in two different times are equal in their capability.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2004, 12:42
Have to say A and B are pretty close...

'Today, however, because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class'...

the stem itself gives the clue...grade inflation increase the percentage of ppl graduatiing with honors....and the conclusion follows.

so the conclusion assumes that...'Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades'


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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2004, 13:42
Hmmm, so honors does not mean "high grades" then...
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2004, 13:56
Hi Paul,

I guess it does not matter what "honors" means. A is the best answer. This is always the trick in CR when you compare two things. Argument holds good when apples are compared to apples. I have seen many questions that test this concept in many different ways. For example the grizly bear CR.

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