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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries.
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration.
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced.

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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries. -Correct. The plan of retaining the employees will work only if the department is capable of paying the increased salary
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year -Out of scope
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration. -Okay? This is just restatement of the information given in the passage. Plus, it doesn't take into account the plan (increase the salary to retain the employee)
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department -Morale? out of scope
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced. -This weakens the argument
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10 Nov 2017, 09:14
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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries.
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration.
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced.

A is the answer.

My reasoning :

Conclusion : Raising the salary is the only way to decrease unresolved disability claim

Option A tells that county has the capability to give that salary to analyst. This tells that plan will work.
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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries.
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration.
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced.

A is the answer.

My reasoning :

Conclusion : Raising the salary is the only way to decrease unresolved disability claim

Option A tells that county has the capability to give that salary to analyst. This tells that plan will work.

Between C and D, I️ chose D because it is more reassuring than C is (several may mean 2 people).

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10 Nov 2017, 09:27
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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries.
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration.
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced.

Definitely a 700 level question.
The claim of the argument is “ back log will be not be resolved unless analyst are restrained by paying higher salaries. The first assumption that comes to my mind is weather paying a higher salary will result in better work productivity? This is the assumption that Option D states in a suttle way. Stating an assumption is a way to streghtning an argument.

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Since only retention of employees is in the light..C is the answer and the efficiency of the employee is stated in the first statement with the adjectives experienced,trained...etc..so that would suffice imo... correct me if I am wrong

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10 Nov 2017, 20:48
will go with c here ...C indicate higher salary as the primary reason ...
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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries.
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration.
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced.

IMO D. Premise states that analysts are leaving jobs out of frustration that they are not payed competitively, indicating lack of morale to work. D specifies both the factors that when combined will result in the elimination of backlog in disability claims.
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Hi saswata4s , Can you please re-check the Answer provided here ....A does not seems to be correct
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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries.
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration.
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced.

Went with C first and then I realised my mistake.

Premises:
1. the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers.
2. The analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration.

Conclusion

The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

The reason for the analysts quitting their jobs is the more competitive salary paid by the social infrastructure administration.
We have to evaluate whether the 'Office of the Disability Claims' is in a position to actually pay the higher salaries or not. the capabilities of the said analysts is not in question. Only option A amongst the options provided goes to clarify this question.

Option C although alluring has the word "several". Several may mean 2 or more according to the number of analysts we are taking into account.

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14 Nov 2017, 14:44
C looks most correct at first but it just almost restates the premise.
A however, if assumed to be NOT true, then we certainly cannot implement the action and cannot achieve the intended result. The argument will fall apart.
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C looks most correct at first but it just almost restates the premise.
A however, if assumed to be NOT true, then we certainly cannot implement the action and cannot achieve the intended result. The argument will fall apart.

Hi,

What you are presenting here is the negation technique, which is solely used to find the assumptions of an argument. Negating the assumption completely breaks the argument! For this reason answer A is an assumption not a strengthener.

The argument states that by raising the salary of the analysts, the managers will be able to retain them and eliminate the resultant backlog (Of course assuming that they can afford it)

Answer C, however makes it slightly more likely that by raising the salary of the analysts, we can make them happy and therefore have a higher chance of retaining them.
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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries.
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration.
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced.

The answer has to be A

The main point of the argument is that analyst working in Office of Disability Claims are paid less as compared to the analyst working in Social Infrastructure Administration.
So the analyst are leaving the Office of Disability Claims .
We have to look for ans answer that says that if the salary of the analyst is increased then they would not leave Office of Disability Claims
A does that .
C and D are actually the opinion not the plan .
E is irrelevant .
B is out of scope.
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Many people marks C as the answer, but C is out of scope b/c of "Social Infrastructure Administration." C is not correct b/c of "primary", "Several", and C has nothing to do with the action indicated in the plan. C also sounds like an opinion.
Also, the source is reliable, so this question is useful for practicing.
D is wrong b/c "morale" has nothing to do with "retaining analysts and higher salaries"
A directly links with the argument.
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I am just stunt to hear that C is not right because C sounds like an opinion. How can you find such valuable tips for GMAT?
For me, I just repeat reading C to get what is really stated in C, and I realize C cannot be the right answer. I never though C is an opinion.
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I am just stunt to hear that C is not right because C sounds like an opinion. How can you find such valuable tips for GMAT?
For me, I just repeat reading C to get what is really stated in C, and I realize C cannot be the right answer. I never though C is an opinion.

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I follow Magoosh blogs and Manhattan Prep blogs for the critical reasoning .
These two together are sufficient to solve challenging CR question .
Just give them a try and let me know.
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I am just stunt to hear that C is not right because C sounds like an opinion. How can you find such valuable tips for GMAT?
For me, I just repeat reading C to get what is really stated in C, and I realize C cannot be the right answer. I never though C is an opinion.

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These two together are sufficient to solve challenging CR question .
Just give them a try and let me know.
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But isnt the point of the argument that IF paid more, analysts will stay and hence clear the backlog? We are supposed to strengthen the intended action, which is paying more.
chetan2u any insights would helpful. Thanks

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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries. -Correct. The plan of retaining the employees will work only if the department is capable of paying the increased salary
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year -Out of scope
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration. -Okay? This is just restatement of the information given in the passage. Plus, it doesn't take into account the plan (increase the salary to retain the employee)
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department -Morale? out of scope
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced. -This weakens the argument

But arent we supposed to strengthen the claim that IF WE DO increase the salary, the outcome is that the backlogs will be cleared? and not that whether we CAN increase the salary?
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At the county's Office of Disability Claims, we have seen that the most experienced, best educated and highly trained analysts are departing in record numbers. Analysts are leaving out of frustration that their salaries are not comparable to those paid at the Social Infrastructure Administration. The backlog in disability cases will not be resolved until we are able to retain the best-trained analysts by paying more competitive salaries.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the prediction that the suggested action will have its intended effect?

(a) The county's Office of Disability Claims has the capability in its annual budget to accommodate more competitive salaries. -Correct. The plan of retaining the employees will work only if the department is capable of paying the increased salary
(b) Many analysts were paid less this year than they were last year -Out of scope
(c) Several county Office of Disability Claims analysts indicated that higher pay is the primary reason they'd prefer to work at the Social Infrastructure Administration. -Okay? This is just restatement of the information given in the passage. Plus, it doesn't take into account the plan (increase the salary to retain the employee)
(d) Raising salaries of county office of disability claims analysts will improve morale at the department -Morale? out of scope
(e) There are several other more feasible ways the country’s office of disability claim’s number of unresolved disability claims can be reduced. -This weakens the argument

But arent we supposed to strengthen the claim that IF WE DO increase the salary, the outcome is that the backlogs will be cleared? and not that whether we CAN increase the salary?

Hello rahulkashyap,
The very first step in a CR question is to identify the conclusion. Here the argument as a whole is talking about the decrease in the number of analysts at Office of Disability Claims. Then the argument provides us the reason for this decrease in number: the analysts at Office of Disability Claims earn less than the analysts at Social Infrastructure Administration.

The concern here is to retain the analysts so that the backlog items can be cleared.
--Now here is the catch - you got it wrong here (most probably). The conclusion is not clearance of back log items, but the conclusion is retaining of analysts. You can understand this by 2 key hints provided by the argument. 1. The overall structure/meaning of the argument (as described above). 2. The last few words of the argument, that suggest a way to retain the analysts. Both these hints point out that the main concern here is to retain the analysts. If we retain the analysts the work will be automatically finished.

So, by choosing A we are indeed strengthening the argument.

Hope that helps. Let me know in case you need any more help.

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i feel C is correct.We have to strengthen the point that "increasing salaries will make them stay".A says that money is available.but it does not strengthen the above stated point.
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