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24 Aug 2013, 09:31
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.

conclusion: 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.
this definitely strengthens.

(B) While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county.
completely out of scope because its the enrollment into colleges due to education that is to be attacked, not the expense.

(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.
this is a good competitor to (d), can be considered.

(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.
this option does just about what you need, weakens the private schools and upgrades the public schools.

(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.
strengthens again because thats the reason why students from public schools DONT go to colleges.
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03 Sep 2013, 23:02
The argument concludes that children are more likely to attend college if they are
sent to private high schools instead of public high schools. The basis for this
claim is the higher percentage of graduates of private schools pursuing college
education. It is assumed that public schools are inferior to private schools as a
training ground for college. Any statement that provides an alternate explanation
for the fact that public school graduates attend college at lower rates than private
school graduates would weaken the argument.
Another way to interpret this question involves the concepts of correlation and
causation. The argument’s premise states that private school attendance (vs.
public school attendance) is highly correlated with college attendance. The
conclusion of the argument is essentially that private school attendance CAUSES
college attendance (and therefore, parents ought to send their children to private
schools to ensure eventual college attendance). This conclusion depends on the
assumption that the causation does NOT work the other way – in other words,
that “readiness or desire to attend college” does not influence the choice of public
or private school. Any evidence that readiness or desire to attend college DOES
influence the choice of public or private school will weaken the argument.
(A) While higher test scores might increase students' chances of admission to
college, they are unrelated to whether students will actually attend college. Even
if one could prove that earning higher test scores makes a student more likely to
attend college, this statement would not weaken the argument, but rather
strengthen it.
(B) Since the conclusion centers on the likelihood of attending college, economic
and financial considerations are outside the scope of the argument.
(C) Since the amount of need-based aid is not directly related to whether a
student will attend college, this statement is outside the scope of the argument.
(D) While better athletic opportunities could increase students’ chances of
admission to college, they are unrelated to whether students will actually attend
college. Also, even though the advantages of public school mentioned in this
statement were taken into account by the study, the proportion of graduates of
public schools attending colleges remains substantially lower than the proportion
(E) CORRECT. This answer choice demonstrates that the difference in the
provided by private schools but from the fact that a subset of the graduates of
public high schools simply choose to pursue a different career path. In other
words, 30% of the graduates of public schools voluntarily choose not to pursue a
college education. Yet 65% - out of the 70% of graduates remaining - end up in
colleges. This statement indicates extremely high college matriculation rates for
students who want to attend college after graduation from public high schools.
Using the concepts of correlation and causation, this answer choice provides the
alternative causation for the correlation observed. In other words, "desire to
attend college" is ALREADY lower in the rural areas where public schools
happen to be located. According to this evidence, attendance at private or public
school is the effect, not the cause, of "desire to attend college."
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18 Sep 2013, 01:12
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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.

E is correct, something else is the reason for Student for public school not going to college.
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18 Sep 2013, 05:59
I still feel its D ... acc. to E .. student might change their mind and continue education rather than get into farming ... so E strengthens the argument ..
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09 Feb 2014, 12:54
I choose D and here is my reasoning if someone can help me understand the flaw in it :

The conclusion of the argument is : 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.

Clearly, if an answer choice provides an alternate cause to not send the kids to private schools but instead to public schools in order to increase the likelihood of being accepted in college then it will be the correct answer.

IMO, choice D weakens perfectly the argument.
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.

In the other hand, choice E, which is the correct answer as per MGMAT, is irrelevant because it reduces the scope to rural areas and as a matter of fact, the argument didn't discuss neither rural nor urban areas.

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02 Jul 2014, 07:07
The official answer goes as below :
The argument concludes that children are more likely to attend college if they are sent to private high schools instead of public high schools. The basis for this claim is the higher percentage of graduates of private schools pursuing college education. It is assumed that public schools are inferior to private schools as a training ground for college. Any statement that provides an alternate explanation for the fact that public school graduates attend college at lower rates than private school graduates would weaken the argument.

Another way to interpret this question involves the concepts of correlation and causation. The argument’s premise states that private school attendance (vs. public school attendance) is highly correlated with college attendance. The conclusion of the argument is essentially that private school attendance CAUSES college attendance (and therefore, parents ought to send their children to private schools to ensure eventual college attendance). This conclusion depends on the assumption that the causation does NOT work the other way – in other words, that “readiness or desire to attend college” does not influence the choice of public or private school. Any evidence that readiness or desire to attend college DOES influence the choice of public or private school will weaken the argument.

(A) While higher test scores might increase students' chances of admission to college, they are unrelated to whether students will actually attend college. Even if one could prove that earning higher test scores makes a student more likely to attend college, this statement would not weaken the argument, but rather strengthen it.

(B) Since the conclusion centers on the likelihood of attending college, economic and financial considerations are outside the scope of the argument.

(C) Since the amount of need-based aid is not directly related to whether a student will attend college, this statement is outside the scope of the argument.

(D) While better athletic opportunities could increase students’ chances of admission to college, they are unrelated to whether students will actually attend college. Also, even though the advantages of public school mentioned in this statement were taken into account by the study, the proportion of graduates of public schools attending colleges remains substantially lower than the proportion of graduates of private schools.

(E) CORRECT. This answer choice demonstrates that the difference in the percentage of graduates attending colleges stems not from any advantage provided by private schools but from the fact that a subset of the graduates of public high schools simply choose to pursue a different career path. In other words, 30% of the graduates of public schools voluntarily choose not to pursue a college education. Yet 65% - out of the 70% of graduates remaining - end up in colleges. This statement indicates extremely high college matriculation rates for students who want to attend college after graduation from public high schools.

Using the concepts of correlation and causation, this answer choice provides the alternative causation for the correlation observed. In other words, "desire to attend college" is ALREADY lower in the rural areas where public schools happen to be located. According to this evidence, attendance at private or public school is the effect, not the cause, of "desire to attend college."
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20 Jul 2014, 23:57
I am confused with E. Is it not a strengthener..!!!!

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 mean the statement is saying that since public schools are near rural areas students in school are choosing farming as occupation. ie is the public schools are persuading students not to go college.

So, yes parents should not send the students to public if they want them to go to college......

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01 Sep 2014, 05:24
D. doesn't add any new information, the promised advantage is undermined by statistic finding.(If it is a plan in the future, however, this choice can make sense)

E. states that, for public school, you should not count 30 students who do not intend to persue college in the first place. So 65 out of 70 is the actual public school acceptance rate.

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01 Sep 2014, 13:11
The "best chance" for getting into school is based on numbers of people who actually apply to school. Choice E tells us that 30% of public school kids aren't even trying to get into school, so almost all of those who do want to go are getting in. That's why it weakens the argument.
Choice D, which I almost chose, talks about factors that public schools have over private schools. But these factors are already accounted for when talking about the respective acceptance rates.
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02 Sep 2014, 04:46
IMO E.
90 percent of students graduating from private high school attend colledge
65 percent of those graduating from public high school attend college

Conclusion: parents should send their children to private school to increase the likelihood to attend colledge.

How to weaken this argument?

We need to find an answer that compare the public school with the private school and shows that students from public school will have chance to attend colledge not less than those from private school. only E meets these requirements so E is correct Ans.

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14 Jun 2015, 00:12
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Definitely (E).

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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. This would strengthen the argument - higher test scores = better chance of going to college.

(B) While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county. Irrelevant.

(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. Irrelevant. Private school costs money, you would expect people who go there to tend to come from well-off families and hence not need as much financial aid. The number of public school students receiving financial aid tells you nothing about their chances of getting in vs. private school students - just that the ones who do get in tend to need more assistance with paying for it.

(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. The number of public school graduates attending college is still 65% even with these opportunities, so how much do they actually help? This actually strengthens the argument, since more private school grads are getting into college, even when the public school grads have this advantage.

(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. If that 30% population instead chose to go to college, public school graduates would have a 95% college attendance rate - higher than the private schools. This would significantly weaken the argument if true.

Hello Mate

I have a doubt regarding answer choice E.
It states that since the public schools are located in rural areas, 30% prefer farming.

My understanding is if theose 30% percent will be moved to private ones, they may not be influenced by the surrounding locations and wont opt for farming. In such a case likelihood of their attending colleges will increase. It is not strengthening for sure but i am not getting hoe is it weakening.
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14 Jun 2015, 03:54
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Hello Mate

I have a doubt regarding answer choice E.
It states that since the public schools are located in rural areas, 30% prefer farming.

My understanding is if theose 30% percent will be moved to private ones, they may not be influenced by the surrounding locations and wont opt for farming. In such a case likelihood of their attending colleges will increase. It is not strengthening for sure but i am not getting hoe is it weakening.

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23 Apr 2016, 06:12
The answer to this question relies on the preference(pursual) of the students.

WHat i have come to known through out my GMAT prep - When faced with %ages attach the %ages (almost 90% is correct)

Hence lets analyse from that sense :-

1. Private :- 100 Students and 90 decides to go to college
2. Public :- 100 Students - 30% take farming so 30 out - 70 left and out of 70, 65 took to colleges i.e. roughly 95% > i guess the odds are better in the Public than in private

This is what i think - simplifying it to something what i like is how i go about Verbal, and i like Quant.
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28 May 2016, 18:51
spriya wrote:
kandyhot27 wrote:
goalsnr wrote:
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.

IMO D
The argument is 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
What weakens it is D.
It explains more opportunities provided in public school and more likelihood that children will go to college.
Option C looks interesting however we cannot assume that money/fees is the reason why public school students don't go to college.

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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.-> this is irrelevant
B. While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county. -> irrelevant
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. -> this is irrelevant
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. -> this strengthens

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. -> this weakens
the logic stated above since the students themselves opt not to go to college

But by selecting E as the answer how can we surely say that sending to private schools would not increase the likelihood of students attending college. Maybe the private schools encourages students to opt for college.
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29 May 2016, 09:35
This is a confusing question. On one hand, I understand how E is correct but on the other hand, there is still some problem. For instance, why should we not consider the students who end up as farmers? Option E, as far as I understand, says that 30% of the students in public school don't go to college because they opt for farming. However, to weaken the argument, we need something that tells us that public school students are equally likely, if not better off, to go to college. All answer choice E tells us is that they are not. I am confused.
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17 Jun 2016, 05:43
A toughie given the time restrain and confusing terms
None the less the correct answer is E

Explaination :- Find the conclusion
THE CONCLUSION IS :- Parents who want to see an increase in the chances of their kids to attend college, should send their kids to private Schools.
We have to weaken it, by showing that going to private schools have no effect on once chances to pursue College education.

Lets attack the problem :- Remember we have to chose an option that weakens the importance of private school.

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.
WRONG:- It strengthen the importance of private school. It is saying your kids will perform better on admission test, so chances of admission will increase.

(B) While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county.
WRONG:- It is irrelevant choice. We do not know what sacrifices parents are ready to make to see their kids in good colleges. The question stem or the conclusion never mentions anything about money.

(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.
WRONG:-INSUFFICIENT CONDITION :- THIS CONDITION IS NECESSARY BUT INSUFFICIENT. This is not weakening the argument. It is telling the parents that even if you are poor and cannot afford to send your kids to college, don't worry .. after studying at public school your kids will definitely get a college loan for his education. So don't worry. your kid will definitely go to college. It is just a positive endorsement for public school which is telling that at least after being selected, public school students wont have to worry about fees. (BUT ONLY AFTER BEING SELCTED !!)

(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.
WRONG:- INSUFFICIENT CONDITION. Again, it is not weakening the argument. It is telling the parents:- don't worry if your kid is not very intelligent. We will make him a good sportsman and he will join a college based on sports quota and his sports achievement. Although this option is increasing the importance of public school it is not reducing the importance of private schools which is our main goal.
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(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.
RIGHT:- This is the Option that is not only weakening the argument but is actually destroying it into pieces by telling us the comparison between private and public school is unfair and should not exist in the first place. we already know that 65% students from public school go to college and then this argument tells us the rest of the 30% do not even apply for college. Essentially it is telling us out of the 70% student from public college 65% are accepted in college. This rate of acceptance is 92.88% which is higher than public school acceptance rate of 90%.

SO BY THE GIVEN DATA IT IS QUITE CLEAR THAT RATE OF ACCEPTANCE TO COLLEGE IS HIGHER FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND NOT HIGHER FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS THE CONCLUSION WAS TRYNG TO MAKE US BELIEVE. THIS OPTION NOT ONLY WEAKEN THE IMPORTANCE OF PRIVATE SCHOOL BUT RATHER DESTROYS IT BY SHOWING THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE BEETER THAN PRIVATE SCHOOL.

SO THE CONCLUSION IS DESTROYED.

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13 Sep 2016, 23:09
E is for sure correct
E is best because it says 30% of students are likely to not pursue education on their own will but not because of potential which leaves nearly 5% students only who are not able to attend college due to lack of capability which is 10% in case of private schools.
This certainly weakens the argument
D confuses but D is attacking the fact that students from public schools are attending college are less, we should not try to attack the fact
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goalsnr wrote:
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.

Do not quite understand how E is correct.

Fact 1: 30% choose farming--y-- because they are based in rural area public school and choose farming
Fact 2: If they are sent to private school, they will pursue college

Fact1+ Fact2--- supports conclusion that why they should not be in public college(because public = farmers) and if sent to private= no farming(as private are not located in rural area)
I felt that E is strengthening. Expert help needed.
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28 Sep 2016, 06:42
mikemcgarry , do you agree?

Those who are saying E is strengthener, they are right I think.
People in rural areas are attending public school.. May be in public schools donot encourage enough to pursue further studies.. That is the reason we have to send them to private school!
I dont understand how the hell it is weakening?

Let us say, people studying in private schools are also kids of formers. And these kids were also not motivated to attend college. But, since parents admitted their kids to private schools(either in rural or in urban), the kids changed their attitude!

Common guys... E is wrong..

If there is any option to weaken, it is option D..
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28 Sep 2016, 15:09
Receiving aid has nothing to do w/ increasing their likelihood of going to college. Think of it this way.... will receiving more aid help you get into college? No.

C is oos
D actually strengthens the argument. Even WITH all these activities the rate of kids going to college is lower for public schools. Private>public

E is saying that the reason why the rate is lower is b/c kids from public school simply don't want to go. It has to do w/ the types of students not the school itself
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