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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by them?

(A) Pregnancy tests should always be given prior to surgery .

(B) Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant.

(C) Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman ispregnant.

(D) Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluating female candidates for any surgery .

(E) A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect.

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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not
pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by them?

(A) Pregnancy tests should alway s be given prior to surgery .

(B) Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant.

(C) Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman ispregnant.

(D) Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluatingfemale candidates for any surgery .

(E) A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect.


Hello narenaol
This topic is discussed here:
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Pleae read the rules: rules-for-posting-please-read-this-before-posting-133935.html especially #1 and #3
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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not
pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by them?

(A) Pregnancy tests should alway s be given prior to surgery .

(B) Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant.

(C) Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman ispregnant.

(D) Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluatingfemale candidates for any surgery .

(E) A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect.


wow, a 700? looks more like a 600-700.
we must choose an answer that would be 100% true, based on the information given. We know that some dox refuse to do the surgery if the tests are inconclusive. We can infer that docs, if they know the risks - they can take a decision. If no conclusive result is given - they can't assess the risk. Thus, we can deduce that in some cases, pregnancy might affect the results of some surgeries.

A. too strong. SHOULD - no.
B - no, it is not true. we are told that tests are inconclusive, and this means that it is unable to detect if the woman is pregnant or not.
C - looks good. the language is similar - some dox refuse - some surgical procedure - hold to this one
D - what? why? really?
E - might be true, but definitely not 100% true.

C for me.
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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is strongly supported by them?


A. Pregnancy tests should always be given prior to surgery
B. Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant
C. Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman is pregnant
D. Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluating female candidates for any surgery
E. A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect
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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is strongly supported by them?


A. Pregnancy tests should always be given prior to surgery
B. Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant
C. Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman is pregnant
D. Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluating female candidates for any surgery
E. A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect



The pregnancy tests are at times inconclusive and in these cases some doctors do not conduct surgeries on these women..
conclusion has to be from the point of view of these doctors..


C Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman is pregnant
This has to be the thought process of these doctors for not doing surgeries in such cases
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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is strongly supported by them?


A. Pregnancy tests should always be given prior to surgery
B. Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant
C. Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman is pregnant
D. Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluating female candidates for any surgery
E. A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect


either I got smarter, or the question is not a 700 lvl question...
I got easily to C....
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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is strongly supported by them?


A. Pregnancy tests should always be given prior to surgery
B. Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant
C. Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman is pregnant
D. Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluating female candidates for any surgery
E. A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect


either I got smarter, or the question is not a 700 lvl question...
I got easily to C....


IMO this is a 600 level question. The kind of verbiage used in a 700 level question is different.
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Easily C.

Doctors are concerned about the results of pregnancy test. Hence C only fits as conclusion
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Can you please explain context of regardless and how OA fits ?
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Can you please explain context of regardless and how OA fits ?



Hi adkikani,
Regardless means nevertheless, despite , nonetheless etc.

Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not pregnant.


Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result. ---> What we can infer here is that sometimes the decision to perform surgery depends on the result of the Blood test used to determine pregnancy.

(There are 3 scenarios-
1. If the test returns negative , then doctor might not perform surgery else might perform otherwise
2. If the test returns positive , then doctor might not perform surgery else might perform otherwise
3. If the test in inconclusive -- we are already given what might happen in this case )


(C) Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman is pregnant.--> Correct -- This is precisely the reason the test was done in the first place.

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Blood tests used to determine pregnancy can at times be inconclusive. This means that the test has been unable to determine if the woman is pregnant or not pregnant. Regardless, some doctors refuse to perform further surgeries because of an inconclusive pregnancy test result.

If the statements above are true, which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by them?

(A) Pregnancy tests should always be given prior to surgery .

(B) Most women with inconclusive pregnancy tests are actually pregnant.

(C) Some surgical procedures are affected by whether or not a woman ispregnant.

(D) Some doctors require a pregnancy test be given when evaluating female candidates for any surgery .

(E) A pregnancy test that returns a negative result is sometimes incorrect.


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This question presents a fact set that begins by telling us that blood tests are, at times, unable to conclusively determine if a woman is pregnant or not. Then we are told that some doctors refuse to perform certain surgeries due to an inconclusive pregnancy test result. These facts indicate that definitive knowledge of whether or not a patient is pregnant must have a potential impact on some surgical procedures. Hence, doctors will not operate on that patient without conclusive pregnancy tests results. Note too that we cannot know the number or type of surgical procedures that could potentially be affected by pregnancy; we simply know that some doctors will not perform further surgeries following an inconclusive test result.

Answer choice (A): This answer choice is far too broad in scope to be proven by the stimulus. Just because some surgical procedures may be potentially impacted by a patient’s pregnancy does not mean that a pregnancy test should precede all surgeries. Further, by the logic presented in answer choice (A), all patients—men and women should be given pregnancy tests prior to any surgery, and clearly the stimulus does not support that conclusion.

Answer choice (B): There is no information in the stimulus to indicate the frequency with which inconclusive tests turn out to ultimately be positive or negative.

Answer choice (C): This is the correct answer. As stated above, the facts of the stimulus support the notion that whether or not a patient is pregnant could potentially affect a surgical procedure to be performed on that patient.

Answer choice (D): This answer choice has very strong language, as it states that some doctors require a pregnancy test prior to “any surgery.” However we cannot know that some doctors require a pregnancy test before every surgery they perform on a female candidate; we only know that some doctors refuse to perform certain surgeries following an inconclusive test result. Always be wary of extreme or absolute language in answer choice for Must Be True questions, since it takes similarly strong language in a stimulus to prove a strongly worded answer choice correct.

Answer choice (E): The stimulus is exclusively about inconclusive (non-result) pregnancy tests, so an answer choice that addresses tests producing a “negative result” goes beyond the facts provided in the stimulus.

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