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A study of 1,000 elementary school students across the nation found that those who had received some training in the violin performed better academically, on average, than those who had not. This suggests that learning to play a musical instrument makes children that age academically stronger.

The conclusion of this argument assumes which of the following?

A. Better academic performance can be attributed to factors other than musical ability.
B. The skills required to learn to play the violin are common to all musical instruments.
C. High academic prowess results from the skills nurtured by learning to play an instrument.
D. There is no proven correlation between musical skill and academic ability.
E. Many high-ranked schools require students to learn to play an instrument at this age.

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Can someone please explain why it's not option C.

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A study of 1,000 elementary school students across the nation found that those who had received some training in the violin performed better academically, on average, than those who had not. This suggests that learning to play a musical instrument makes children that age academically stronger.
The conclusion of this argument assumes which of the following?

A Better academic performance can be attributed to factors other than musical ability.
B The skills required to learn to play the violin are common to all musical instruments.
C High academic prowess results from the skills nurtured by learning to play an instrument.
D There is no proven correlation between musical skill and academic ability.
E Many high-ranked schools require students to learn to play an instrument at this age

Option B . Conclusion says ''learning to play a musical instrument makes children that age academically stronger.'' It is mentioning any musical instrument. but in premises, the author is talking about Violin. So the skills which are required to play violin are in a way connected to the skills required to play other instrument. Option B fills a gap. Hope it helps. Option C can not fill a gap.
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Can someone please explain why it's not option C.

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if you observe closely c itself is the conclusion.
cause--------------effect.
Learning MI >> ++ academics.

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A study of 1,000 elementary school students across the nation found that those who had received sometraining in the violin performed better academically, on average, than those who had not. This suggests that learning to play a musical instrument makes children that age academically stronger.
The conclusion of this argument assumes which of the following?

A Better academic performance can be attributed to factors other than musical ability.
B The skills required to learn to play the violin are common to all musical instruments.
C High academic prowess results from the skills nurtured by learning to play an instrument.
D There is no proven correlation between musical skill and academic ability.
E Many high-ranked schools require students to learn to play an instrument at this age.


Clearly, the missing link is between Violin & Musical Instrument, which option (B) clearly matches, hence answer must be (B)
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