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# Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy rates averaged

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01 Jun 2016, 11:56
I doubted between A and C.

I discarded C because of this unclear sentence: "Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy
rates averaged 87 percent of capacity, while admission rates remained constant, at an average of
95 admissions per 1,000 beds per year."

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10 Sep 2017, 14:04
this is a common pattern in gmat, the inference is that after a period, the length of objects increase.
an another example is the jail and prisoners.

also, test takers should not spend too much time on reading the question. I still have struggles with reading the question.

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10 Sep 2017, 14:05
EBITDA wrote:
I doubted between A and C.

I discarded C because of this unclear sentence: "Between 1975 and 1985, nursing-home occupancy
rates averaged 87 percent of capacity, while admission rates remained constant, at an average of
95 admissions per 1,000 beds per year."

C is incorrect because there is no causal relation between the increase and the drop.

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30 Oct 2017, 17:50
I was a little confused but I think I can see where I was wrong.

I broke it down to:
Premise 1: from 1987-1985, occupancy was 85%, admission rates were 95/1000 beds
Premise 2: from 1985-1988, occupancy was 92%, admission rates were 81/1000 beds

So it appears there's a discrepancy but first and foremost the focus (since it's an inference type question) is to look for what we can conclude from this statement.

(A) states that between 1985 and 1988, people stayed longer in nursing homes. This one made a bit of sense but I wasn't too sure yet so I moved on to the next one.
(B) While this one seems tempting the biggest issue is that it brings up older people living in nursing homes, which we can't assume from the statements; the only figures presented were about occupancy and admission rates.
(C) it's too broad of a generalization. We can't say this is always true.
(D) even if the number of beds increased, the facts we were given were rates, not a headcount of admission. An increase in the number of beds alone has no bearing upon the rates of admission
(E) This seems like a reverse of answer choice C, and it is tempting. However there is nothing that describes an increase in the number of beds in the question. Had there been a description of an increase, this one may have been the answer.

By eliminating the remaining answers, it looks like A is the best one. On the other hand, PoE is a pretty slow strategy when pressed for time so... maybe there's a better explanation as to why A is the best answer?

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31 Oct 2017, 22:08
the pattern in this question is that over a period of time, one thing is higher while the other thing is lower. What is the inference?
Clearly, the question deals with the evidences, not premises.
Only A is correct.

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31 Oct 2017, 22:09
David H wrote:
I was a little confused but I think I can see where I was wrong.

I broke it down to:
Premise 1: from 1987-1985, occupancy was 85%, admission rates were 95/1000 beds
Premise 2: from 1985-1988, occupancy was 92%, admission rates were 81/1000 beds

So it appears there's a discrepancy but first and foremost the focus (since it's an inference type question) is to look for what we can conclude from this statement.

(A) states that between 1985 and 1988, people stayed longer in nursing homes. This one made a bit of sense but I wasn't too sure yet so I moved on to the next one.
(B) While this one seems tempting the biggest issue is that it brings up older people living in nursing homes, which we can't assume from the statements; the only figures presented were about occupancy and admission rates.
(C) it's too broad of a generalization. We can't say this is always true.
(D) even if the number of beds increased, the facts we were given were rates, not a headcount of admission. An increase in the number of beds alone has no bearing upon the rates of admission
(E) This seems like a reverse of answer choice C, and it is tempting. However there is nothing that describes an increase in the number of beds in the question. Had there been a description of an increase, this one may have been the answer.

By eliminating the remaining answers, it looks like A is the best one. On the other hand, PoE is a pretty slow strategy when pressed for time so... maybe there's a better explanation as to why A is the best answer?

A directly links with the passage.

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