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# At the end of the year, Wilson s Department Store awards

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At the end of the year, Wilsonâ€™s Department Store awards free merchandise to its top salespeople. When presented with the fact that the number of salespeople receiving these awards has declined markedly over the past fifteen years, the newly appointed president of the company responded, â€œIn that case, since our award criterion at present is membership in the top third of our sales force, we can also say that the number of salespeople passed over for these awards has similarly declined.â€

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18 Feb 2007, 11:05
C by POE.

We have to supply an assumption. It should ideally bridge argument and conclusion. But in this case I am finding it neutral.
Which one of the following is an assumption that would allow the company presidentâ€™s conclusion to be properly drawn?
(A) Policies at Wilsonâ€™s with regard to hiring salespeople have not become more lax over the past fifteen years.
Irrelevant
(B) The number of salespeople at Wilsonâ€™s has increased over the past fifteen years.
This should increase the top 1/3rd of sales force
(C) The criterion used by Wilsonâ€™s for selecting its award recipients has remained the same for the past fifteen years.
Criterion did not change, some thing else did.
(D) The average total sales figures for Wilsonâ€™s salespeople have been declining for fifteen years.
Still you would have the number of top 1/3 ppl same
(E) Wilsonâ€™s calculates its salespeopleâ€™s sales figures in the same way as it did fifteen years ago.[/quote]
This would have no effect

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18 Feb 2007, 11:47
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18 Feb 2007, 12:44
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18 Feb 2007, 22:18
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19 Feb 2007, 12:31
'C'

It mentions about top sales people, that means there should be criteria to find top sales people.

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19 Feb 2007, 12:50
[quote="prude_sb"]At the end of the year, Wilsonâ€™s Department Store awards free merchandise to its top salespeople. When presented with the fact that the number of salespeople receiving these awards has declined markedly over the past fifteen years, the newly appointed president of the company responded, â€œIn that case, since our award criterion at present is membership in the top third of our sales force, we can also say that the number of salespeople passed over for these awards has similarly declined.â€

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Re: CR: sales ppl   [#permalink] 19 Feb 2007, 12:50
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