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# A researcher studying the habits of business school students found

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A researcher studying the habits of business school students found that, on average, students on academic probation due to low grade point averages tend to cheat more often than do other students. The researcher concluded that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the researcher's conclusion?

A) Students who are placed on academic probation due to low grade point averages often resort to cheating as a way to improve their grades.

B) Some students with high grade point averages frequently cheat in order to obtain good grades

C) Not all students who cheat get caught

D) Some students on academic probation do not cheat.

E) Students who cheat in school are also likely to engage in other dishonest behavior.

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23 Feb 2018, 10:27
alexmonnin wrote:
A researcher studying the habits of business school students found that, on average, students on academic probation due to low grade point averages tend to cheat more often than do other students. The researcher concluded that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the researcher's conclusion?

A) Students who are placed on academic probation due to low grade point averages often resort to cheating as a way to improve their grades.

B) Some students with high grade point averages frequently cheat in order to obtain good grades

C) Not all students who cheat get caught

D) Some students on academic probation do not cheat.

E) Students who cheat in school are also likely to engage in other dishonest behavior.

the argument concludes that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating and doesn't take into consideration that students who are placed in probation cheat and this is clearly mentioned in A

rest options don't attack the conclusion

(A) imo
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23 Feb 2018, 11:51
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23 Feb 2018, 12:52
Hatakekakashi wrote:
alexmonnin wrote:
A researcher studying the habits of business school students found that, on average, students on academic probation due to low grade point averages tend to cheat more often than do other students. The researcher concluded that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the researcher's conclusion?

A) Students who are placed on academic probation due to low grade point averages often resort to cheating as a way to improve their grades.

B) Some students with high grade point averages frequently cheat in order to obtain good grades

C) Not all students who cheat get caught

D) Some students on academic probation do not cheat.

E) Students who cheat in school are also likely to engage in other dishonest behavior.

the argument concludes that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating and doesn't take into consideration that students who are placed in probation cheat and this is clearly mentioned in A

rest options don't attack the conclusion

(A) imo

but for instance, if they the conclusion is about getting bad grades when they cheat ; wheter or not they cheat to have good good grades dosn't mean that they will get a good grade right? they can still have bad grades no?
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23 Feb 2018, 12:53
Hatakekakashi wrote:
alexmonnin wrote:
A researcher studying the habits of business school students found that, on average, students on academic probation due to low grade point averages tend to cheat more often than do other students. The researcher concluded that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the researcher's conclusion?

A) Students who are placed on academic probation due to low grade point averages often resort to cheating as a way to improve their grades.

B) Some students with high grade point averages frequently cheat in order to obtain good grades

C) Not all students who cheat get caught

D) Some students on academic probation do not cheat.

E) Students who cheat in school are also likely to engage in other dishonest behavior.

the argument concludes that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating and doesn't take into consideration that students who are placed in probation cheat and this is clearly mentioned in A

rest options don't attack the conclusion

(A) imo

but for instance, if the conclusion is about getting bad grades when they cheat ; wheter they cheat to have good good grades doesn't mean that they will get a good grade right? they can still have bad grades no?
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23 Feb 2018, 13:41

Answer A weakens the conclusion because it says that most of the cheaters who received bad grades were not cheaters until they were put on academic probation. Therefore, before being put on academic probation, most of the people with bad grades were not actually cheaters. If most of these people were not cheaters, then the argument is flawed.
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26 Feb 2018, 23:29
alexmonnin wrote:
A researcher studying the habits of business school students found that, on average, students on academic probation due to low grade point averages tend to cheat more often than do other students. The researcher concluded that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the researcher's conclusion?

A) Students who are placed on academic probation due to low grade point averages often resort to cheating as a way to improve their grades.

B) Some students with high grade point averages frequently cheat in order to obtain good grades

C) Not all students who cheat get caught

D) Some students on academic probation do not cheat.

E) Students who cheat in school are also likely to engage in other dishonest behavior.

IMO is A this question is pure example of cause and effect in this question we are told that probation lead to cheating and we need to weaken it and A says cheating lead to probation so perfect answer weaken our assumption above
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04 Mar 2018, 06:33
alexmonnin wrote:
A researcher studying the habits of business school students found that, on average, students on academic probation due to low grade point averages tend to cheat more often than do other students. The researcher concluded that students who cheat are likely to receive poor grades, even if they are not caught cheating.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the researcher's conclusion?

A) Students who are placed on academic probation due to low grade point averages often resort to cheating as a way to improve their grades.

B) Some students with high grade point averages frequently cheat in order to obtain good grades

C) Not all students who cheat get caught

D) Some students on academic probation do not cheat.

E) Students who cheat in school are also likely to engage in other dishonest behavior.

Imo A

Students who have low grade point average tend to cheat more that do other students .The conclusion is that even if the students are not caught cheating they would still receive poor grades.
Now the conclusion is little dubious as if the students know that they are going to receive poor grades then why they do bother cheating and getting caught .
Now if they are not caught cheating then they would get better grades as they would get many questions right and do more questions.

So A is the correct option.
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04 Mar 2018, 10:39
I am confused between option A & option B. What makes option A the OA?
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26 Apr 2018, 11:33
A

The conclusion is -

Weaken it -
Students (having low GPA) who cheat -> do it for good grades
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