Gnpth wrote:

Between 1960 and 1966, the State University system had 92 percent of its capacity filled by students. During this time the system admitted 31 students each year for every 100 available spots in the system; the remaining 61 spots were filled by upperclassmen. From 1967 to 1975, the State University system filled 99 percent of its capacity with students; however the system also lowered its admission rate to 23 students for every 100 available spots each year.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions can be most properly drawn?

A. As a university system's admission rate falls, it is generally true that the percent of capacity filled increases.

B. The number of available spots in the State University system declined between the two time periods.

C. The proportion of young people applying to college increased between the two time periods.

D. The number of people dropping out before finishing their degrees declined between the two periods.

E. The average length of time that a student stayed in the State University system increased between the two time periods.

OE- After discussion

it took me 3:46 to understand and answer this. though wrong. got stuck between D and E.

tried to figure out the reason after checking the answer. correct me if im wrong

Admission percentage came down from 31/100 (which formed 92 percent) to 23/100 (99 percentage)

So this brings us to a conclusion that there is some other factor that is causing students to stay to bring the percentage up despite only a few students being admitted.

Now lets take a look at answers.

A. As a university system's admission rate falls, it is generally true that the percent of capacity filled increases.

You cannot generalize baced on one occurance. ruled out .B. The number of available spots in the State University system declined between the two time periods.

No even this cannot be true as we have information only about the PERCENTAGE drop not about an absolute numberC. The proportion of young people applying to college increased between the two time periods.

Same as B. Cannot comment as we dont have an absolute number basing on which we can commentD. The number of people dropping out before finishing their degrees declined between the two periods.

E. The average length of time that a student stayed in the State University system increased between the two time periods.

Now between D and E. as the reasoning i have put out these two options point out to a factor which is causing his anomaly to occur.

However i cant move beyond these two options to point out the right one.

Request the experts here to answer.

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