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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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20 Feb 2009, 13:50
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The assumption is that the only cause for inflation of grades is due to colleges, not because we have smarter students or over achievers (gmatclub!) .
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20 Feb 2009, 15:50
A.

The assumption is that the only cause for inflation of grades is due to colleges, not because we have smarter students or over achievers (gmatclub!) .

I agree with A
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20 Feb 2009, 16:59
Its A.

B sounds right when you read it the first time but its misleading.
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20 Feb 2009, 18:54
Agree A is the best
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20 Feb 2009, 20:37
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21 Feb 2009, 01:41
A. others can be eliminated by POE
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21 Feb 2009, 14:09
agree with A.
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05 Mar 2010, 05:18
Please compare A and B with explanation.

B seems to be quite promising to me....pls help
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11 Mar 2010, 11:48
gurpreetsingh wrote:
Please compare A and B with explanation.

B seems to be quite promising to me....pls help

gurpreetsingh,

Option B states: Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades. 4th sentence in the stimulus states: .... because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class.

This option actually weakens the argument as it interchanges cause and effect of one of the premise in the argument. Hope it is clear.
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11 Mar 2010, 11:55
Answer option A eliminates one of the possible explanation (kids are smarter now-a-days ) for the increased amount of honnor graduates today vs 20 yaers ago. By doing that it provides support the argument conclusion that "colleges must take steps to control grade inflation".
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