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Top college graduates are having more difficulty [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2004, 13:50
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13. 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 29 Jul 2004, 20:09
I will go with B on this one.

The shortlists were A and B.

C-contradicts evidence (that the employers no more rely on Honors
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D- out of scope
E- is a wish and is out of scope.
A-sounds extreme.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2004, 00:39
I think A

If the students now are better than in the past then there has been NO GRADE INFLATION and the honors degree is still representative of the student's achievements
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2004, 00:50
I think (A) is best,

Negate (A), if todays students are higher achievers than the student 20 years back, then probably Employers have changed their selection criteria, and the argument assumes that selection criteria remains the same 20 year back and now
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2004, 01:09
I think A is right. I wrongly read the choice as 'Todays students are high achievers' :(
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2004, 06:47
A for me too. negated and got the answer.
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