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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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WHATS WRONG WITH B

B - Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades.
Actually it is the reverse. Inflated grades lead to too many honors degrees. And this is already mentioned in the stimulus.
An assumption is a necessary premise that is missing from the stimulus. It strengthens the conclusion. If the assumption is negated, the conclusion breaks apart.

Conclusion here is: to restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation.

The author is assuming that grades are inflated. That today’s students are not higher achievers than the students of twenty years ago. If it is true, then his conclusion strengthens. Colleges must take steps to control grade inflation is they want to restore confidence in their degrees.

Let's negate the assumption (A)
If today's students are actually higher achievers and that is the reason why 50% of them get honors degrees, then author's conclusion - to restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation - has no merit. Then the grades are not inflated.
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20 Jul 2008, 23:15
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21 Jul 2008, 00:19
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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?

(B) Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades. The casuality is reverse , that is simply degrees cause honors so that is invalid
(C) Today’s employers rely on honors ranking in making their hiring decisions. The passage mentions about there are so many honoured students today so this is criterion is out of fashion. Today they rely on something else
(D) It is not easy for students with low grades to obtain jobs. Out of the scope of conclusion
(E) Colleges must make employers aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degreeOut of scope, nothing has mentioned in the passage about criteria.

Conclusion is ''colleges must take steps to control grade inflation so in order to contro grade inflation, employers have to gain confidence for honoured students. If the criteria is known than employers will gain confidence against colleges. The answer is E What is the orginal answer?
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21 Jul 2008, 01:50
I agree with A.
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21 Jul 2008, 02:57
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21 Jul 2008, 03:46
A for me as well.

A basically says that the grades are being generously given out rather than actually earned by students ... basically, students are no smarter now than they were twenty years ago
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21 Jul 2008, 07:41
Sorry there was no OA available.

IMO A as well.
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21 Jul 2008, 08:19
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16 Aug 2010, 20:44
10000% A. A prevents the alternate cause.
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16 Oct 2010, 11:17
WHATS WRONG WITH B
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29 Nov 2010, 06:33
B is not an assumption.
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