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17 Sep 2011, 01:16
Its all about in which direction one's mind thinks i suppose.
Its really tough.
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20 Nov 2011, 22:39
E would seriously weaken..A,C,D strengths and B is not relevant to the context
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21 Nov 2011, 13:54
WHY not C?
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23 Nov 2011, 11:39
Chose D initially. But E makes clear sense. !
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23 Nov 2011, 14:14
i chose B, BUT ITS WRONG
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23 Nov 2011, 16:54
Straight E! D comes as a second best.
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23 Nov 2011, 21:26
+1 for E.
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23 Nov 2011, 22:07
tricky one

Initially choosed D but now i agree with E
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18 Dec 2011, 03:59
I don't find choice E persuasive. The argument concerns the likelihood of the children attending college, not the likelihood of acceptance given an application. It seems fairly logical that being in an environment where 90% of peers will go to college would increase the likelihood that children will attempt college admission. Conversely, it seems like a stretch to believe sending your child to a school with a less than 65/70 (93%) acceptance rate will measurably change their likelihood of going to college compared to a school with a more than 90% acceptance rate. For example, if "more than 90%" means 92%, and "nearly 30%" means 28%, then the acceptance rates at the private school will actually exceed those of the public school.

I struggled with this during the practice test and ended up choosing C, which of course required a few more assumptions and extrapolations than would really be justified in a GMAT question.
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17 Sep 2012, 05:52
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Conclusions are like a house of cards that are built on a foundation of a few base cards (aka assumptions). Knock down one of the foundation cards, and regardless of the strength of other cards, the house comes falling down. One should also remember that the scope of the GMAT argument is limited to the facts presented in the argument.
One cannot assume that the rural students of this country are financially disadvantaged in any way. This might a county where the farmers sell a lot of corn and make a whole lot of money.
Let's zone in on the conclusion of the argument :

Therefore, if parents in the county wish to increase the likelihood that their children will attend college, they should send them to private rather than public schools.

The whole conclusion is based on the statistical data, which seem to indicate that students who attend private school have some sort of advantage over public school students. Note that the argument is silent about what this advantage could be.

Hmm....What if we prove that the conclusion that is drawn from the statistical data is incorrect. The whole argument is built on the assumption that the % of students who go on to attend college is THE indicator of the superiority of private school instruction vis-a-vis public school instruction.
( E) clearly indicates that given statistic IS NOT a good measure of the superiority of private schools. (E) implies that the % has nothing to do with superiority of private school instruction.

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Imagine that i am being interviewed a lawyer :
Scenario : Jane is being accused of grand larceny.
Me : I saw Sam yesterday at 5 o clock and he told me that he saw Jane stealing a car.
Lawyer : Your time card proves that you were in the office till 7 PM, hence there is no way that you could have talked to Sam at 5
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Judge : The whole case is built on the testimony that you saw Sam at 5. That never happened, hence the case is dismissed.

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17 Sep 2012, 06:25
+1 E

Since most public schools are located in rural areas of the county populated primarily by farmers, nearly 30% of students from public high schools choose to pursue farming occupations rather than apply to colleges.
lets say 100 rural students - 65 go to college
30 go to farming ( not interested in going to college) - Remaining 70
So Actually the rate of public school students going to college is 65/70 % = 92.8 > 90 % ( for private) - Basically the students from public who actually opt to go to college have greater than 90% success rate of getting into college
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20 Sep 2012, 07:56
Is it D?
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22 Sep 2012, 00:28
D is the answer to this one, since it clearly 'increases the likelihood' of students of public school getting an admission into colleges. The logic is straight.
C talks about need based increase in probability, though appealing is wrong.
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22 Sep 2012, 10:55
Why not C- C weakens the argument. E is neither weakening nor strengthening it.
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24 Oct 2012, 22:29
@rajat:-

i ll try to address ur doubt, no where in the passage it is mentioned that students of public school avoid going to school because of monetary prob., now you will have a doubt weaken question should harness out side argument data , yes dats true bt when a stat is present and one of the option counters the stat directly . it is more likely to be correct . no doubt this is second best option.

My point of elimination of C was no where its given a hint or mentioned that public school children has money prob. hence its totally irrelevant and its a trap.
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23 Nov 2012, 21:06
i chose e

if you take out the 30% who go directly into farming, you find that the percentage of children who choose to go to college from public schools is higher than those who go to private schools
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08 Jun 2013, 14:36
This MGMAT CAT question is unbelievable.I chose D but as mentioned above the official Answer is E...*bangs head on the wall*
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According to a recent research study, more than 90% percent of graduates of private high schools in a certain county continue their education in college. By contrast, only 65% of graduates of public high schools subsequently pursue college education. Therefore, if parents in the county wish to increase the likelihood that their children will attend college, they should send them to private rather than public schools.

Which of the following statements would most seriously weaken the argument above?

(A) Graduates of private schools typically score higher on standardized tests and other tests of academic achievement.
(B) While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county.
(C) In comparison with graduates of private schools, a substantially greater proportion of public school graduates receive need-based financial aid for their college education.
(D) In comparison with private schools, public schools provide more opportunities for student involvement in sports and other athletic activities, which almost always increase the likelihood of students’ acceptance to colleges.
(E) Since most public schools are located in rural areas of the county populated primarily by farmers, nearly 30% of students from public high schools choose to pursue farming occupations rather than apply to colleges.

I feel this is a good question as it has all the classic answer choices. If you don't play by the rules. You can get trapped in.
It talks about things like financial aid , sports program that support public school versus private schools. This is precisely the reason to eliminate C and D because if one weakens it that somebody can argue the other does too. They are very lucrative to start However both of them are out. . However the fact is you have to choose the answer choice that weakens the conclusion[highlighted]. E clearly says that 30 % of the public school student's don't even apply for college so how can they be selected. It weakens the argument as other have pointed. Hence E.
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05 Jul 2013, 07:39
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I Pick -E

In private school 90% students go on to do the education in college. Means 90 students out of 100

In public school (Including reasoning given in E) 65 out of (100-30=70) go on to do the education in college. Means 65 students out of 70

This clearly weakns the argument "if parents in the county wish to increase the likelihood that their children will attend college, they should send them to private rather than public schools. "

Good explanation! I got this question incorrect can someone comment if there are any official questions ( GMAT PREP, OG etc) that are similar?
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