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# A new state-sponsored tax law aimed at increasing the state’s college

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A new state-sponsored tax law aimed at increasing the state’s college attendance rate gives local public universities tax incentives to encourage acceptance of a greater percentage of applicants from within the state. Legislators supporting the new law believe that it will not only allow more students from the state to obtain further education, but also provide a strong financial boost to in-state universities.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest critique of the legislators' proposal?

(A) Public universities receive the majority of their funding through state-sponsored initiatives.
(B) Public universities are generally less expensive than private universities.
(C) Many college applicants find that relocating to a new state is the single largest obstacle to attending college.
(D) Public universities feel that having a broader applicant pool is more financially beneficial than the incentives provided under the new law.
(E) Applications to universities within the state reached an all-time high for the previous academic year.

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Query: according to me C should be OA.
Where I flawed: I took legislator's proposal as belief in last sentence of argument. Can you help what exactly are we trying to weaken?
Legislator's belief of first sentence?

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28 May 2017, 21:15
IMO it's D

The logic to be weaken is
New tax law incentive>more students from state> financial boost.

1. Doesn't change any situation with the new change.
2. Out of scope
3. It gets better for students but doesn't say anything for or against the financial situation.
4. Broader application pool is financially more beneficial than tax incentives. Restricting it to state will hurt that. So it's the critique against legistrators' logic.
5. Same as 3

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29 May 2017, 16:08
Hi Experts,
I am having tough time comprehending this argument.
Here are my specific queries:
a. Is first statement a fact? Can I dispute it?
b. Goal is to weaken the conclusion (or belief): the two reasons that legislators cite for supporting new tax laws are being received positively by public universities.

Had this been a bold face question, how would you have isolated the conclusion and on what basis?

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29 May 2017, 23:04
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adkikani wrote:
Hi Experts,
I am having tough time comprehending this argument.
Here are my specific queries:
a. Is first statement a fact? Can I dispute it?
b. Goal is to weaken the conclusion (or belief): the two reasons that legislators cite for supporting new tax laws are being received positively by public universities.

Had this been a bold face question, how would you have isolated the conclusion and on what basis?

Thanks.

Premise: A new state-sponsored tax law aimed at increasing the state’s college attendance rate gives local public universities tax incentives to encourage acceptance of a greater percentage of applicants from within the state .

Conclusion: Legislators supporting the new law believe that it will not only allow more students from the state to obtain further education, but also provide a strong financial boost to in-state universities.

The question asks which choice weakens the conclusion.

(A) Public universities receive the majority of their funding through state-sponsored initiatives.
This choice strengthens the conclusion. Tax incentives will help these colleges boost their financial state.

(B) Public universities are generally less expensive than private universities.
Public universities are less expensive because they are offered tax incentives. Hence, this choice strengthens the conclusion.

(C) Many college applicants find that relocating to a new state is the single largest obstacle to attending college.
This choice strengthens the conclusion. College applicants will perfer local state colleges. As a result, tax incentives will help local state colleges attract more applicants.

(D) Public universities feel that having a broader applicant pool is more financially beneficial than the incentives provided under the new law.
Correct. In case that local public colleges prefer having a broader applicant pool, they will try to attract more international students rather than local students. This will make the policy fail to reach it's aim.

(E) Applications to universities within the state reached an all-time high for the previous academic year.
This choice is irrelevant to the argument.
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23 Apr 2019, 21:31
Can anyone please explain how option E is incorrect?

Option E says the application reached an ALL Time high

Does all time high mean till that point and not beyond?

Or does it mean in the given period, which would include period after introduction of new tax laws?

Had the option been that:

The application last year was highest colleges could have?

Would it be weakener?

My basis for saying this is: if already 100% of people have applied to the colleges, even with tax incentives new students would not come right?

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24 Apr 2019, 12:37
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rish2708 wrote:
Can anyone please explain how option E is incorrect?

Option E says the application reached an ALL-Time high

Does all-time high mean till that point and not beyond?

Or does it mean in the given period, which would include the period after the introduction of new tax laws?

Had the option been that:

The application last year was the highest colleges could have?

Would it be a weakener?

My basis for saying this is: if already 100% of people have applied to the colleges, even with tax incentives new students would not come right?

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Your reasoning is correct that if already 100% of people have applied to the colleges, even with tax incentives new students would not come.
However, Let's Deep-Dive!

(E) Applications to universities within the state reached an all-time high for the previous academic year.
Meaning - In the previous academic year, the Applications# increased to an all-time high.

Let's say:
For the past academic years except for the last year, the Applications# have been hovering around 30%.
Last year, the Applications# reached an all-time high, a WHOPPING record of 35%.
- Notice, how GMAT plays with the language, forcing a test-taker to assume the favorability in the sea of ambiguity by using phrases such as all-time high, record-breaking, unprecedented, etc.

A classic move by GMAT!

Though the Applications# is the BEST so far, It STILL leaves a TON of room for ambiguity whether the Applications# have touched the ceiling, i.e., 100%.
Nowhere in the option-choice, it states that there is NO room for any more number of applications.
E simply states that in the previous academic year, the Applications# reached an all-time high. - CANNOT infer about the 100% ceiling.

TakeAway:
Choosing E by thinking that
Applications# reached an all-time high -----------> NO room for further intake/applications
is an inference mistake of the wrong answer choice. - An unintended, yet costly mistake in GMAT.
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24 Apr 2019, 18:16
Xylan wrote:
rish2708 wrote:
Can anyone please explain how option E is incorrect?

Option E says the application reached an ALL-Time high

Does all-time high mean till that point and not beyond?

Or does it mean in the given period, which would include the period after the introduction of new tax laws?

Had the option been that:

The application last year was the highest colleges could have?

Would it be a weakener?

My basis for saying this is: if already 100% of people have applied to the colleges, even with tax incentives new students would not come right?

Regards,
Rishav

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Your reasoning is correct that if already 100% of people have applied to the colleges, even with tax incentives new students would not come.
However, Let's Deep-Dive!

(E) Applications to universities within the state reached an all-time high for the previous academic year.
Meaning - In the previous academic year, the Applications# increased to an all-time high.

Let's say:
For the past academic years except for the last year, the Applications# have been hovering around 30%.
Last year, the Applications# reached an all-time high, a WHOPPING record of 35%.
- Notice, how GMAT plays with the language, forcing a test-taker to assume the favorability in the sea of ambiguity by using phrases such as all-time high, record-breaking, unprecedented, etc.

A classic move by GMAT!

Though the Applications# is the BEST so far, It STILL leaves a TON of room for ambiguity whether the Applications# have touched the ceiling, i.e., 100%.
Nowhere in the option-choice, it states that there is NO room for any more number of applications.
E simply states that in the previous academic year, the Applications# reached an all-time high. - CANNOT infer about the 100% ceiling.

TakeAway:
Choosing E by thinking that
Applications# reached an all-time high -----------> NO room for further intake/applications
is an inference mistake of the wrong answer choice. - An unintended, yet costly mistake in GMAT.

Thanks a lot for making this subtle difference clear.

I get it now
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