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# According to a recent research study, more than 90% percent

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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.
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31 Jul 2008, 21:03
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public school students don't attend college because they can't afford college, not because of academic achievements.
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31 Jul 2008, 21:22
I am between C and D, but, may be, you are right that C is the best one, because C exactly talk about graduates.
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31 Jul 2008, 21:38
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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.

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.

OA ?
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31 Jul 2008, 21:45
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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.

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
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01 Aug 2008, 03:20
C or D. I cannot cleary explain which one is better.

OA? Offical explanation?
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01 Aug 2008, 04:44
i think d
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01 Aug 2008, 05:35
I am not sure how C can be the answer

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 is that sending to private schools increases the chances of attending college

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

We need to find something that says

(a) Sending to private schools do not increase the chances of going to college

(b) Sending to public schools increases the chances of going to college

(c) Sending to either private or public school has no effect on chances of attending college

A. Graduates of private schools typically score higher on standardized tests and other tests of academic achievement.

A strengthens the argument
B. While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county.

B is 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.

C talks about Fin aid. Nothing about chances of getting into college
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.

D does what we need
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 irrelevant.
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01 Aug 2008, 07:38
Vote for D.
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Premise: more than 90% percent of graduates of private high schools in a certain county continue their education in college. only 65% of graduates of public high schools subsequently pursue college education.

Conclusion: 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.
does scoring more in standardized test help? Is there test common for all? no clarity
B. While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county.
this indeed is against the conclusion, but doesnt weaken
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.
is funding a problem? we dont know... it may be
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 says, X increases the likelyhood of students' acceptance... acceptance is never in question
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.
going to college is not their goal, with any incentive/reason they would still prefer to go to public school... so this weakens the argument
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01 Aug 2008, 08:10
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 E)
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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. "

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01 Aug 2008, 19:54
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I Pick -E

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

In private 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. "

I hope u have just interchanged public with private here .

E actually weakens the argument since when students in public schools are willing to pursue farming ,even if they are sent to private schools there mindset wont change .hence this will not affect
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I Pick -E

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

In private 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. "

I hope u have just interchanged public with private here .

E actually weakens the argument since when students in public schools are willing to pursue farming ,even if they are sent to private schools there mindset wont change .hence this will not affect

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02 Aug 2008, 07:03
OA is E.
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02 Aug 2008, 10:11
Do you by any chance have the OE? Thanks!
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13 Sep 2010, 06:21
i pick E, but i somewhat think that 30% in option E is a bit lower, ie. if the number were 60%, that could be better?
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Definitely (E).

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. 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.
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13 Sep 2010, 08:54
I feel - D

The Issue mentioned is Probability of a KID joining College.

THe topic doesn mention anything about the FEE.

And since "D" strengthens the probability of a kid joining college after passing out from Public School, I feel its D.

"E" which mentions 30% of kids are of Farmers who want to farm after school doesn't increase the chances of kids joining college.
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