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Business Owner: This new technology will allow us to track everything that happens at our store, from delivery arrival times to the volume of sales made within each hour. Because we can now track which associates sell the highest volume within each time period, we will now know which of our salespeople are most effective at their jobs.

Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument above?

A. Different time periods during a given day are no more likely to have higher sales figures than other time periods.
B. The tracking technology will be convenient and inexpensive to both install and operate.
C. All salespeople have different periods of the day in which their sales volume are the highest.
D. There are no factors other than sales volume that impact how effective a salesperson is at her job.
E. There are no seasonal variations in sales cycles that can affect a salesperson’s productivity.
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A is the correct answer.Performances of salespeople may lag depending on the time period for example after lunch when they feel sleepy.So this criteria has to be taken into account.The salesmen are equally active during different times of the day.Their inactivity should not be affected by the time period of the day.This factor should be considered.So this is the correct condition.Please feel free to give kudos.

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[quote="nguyendinhtuong"]Business Owner: This new technology will allow us to track everything that happens at our store, from delivery arrival times to the volume of sales made within each hour. Because we can now track which associates sell the highest volume within each time period, we will now know which of our salespeople are most effective at their jobs.

Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument above?

A. Different time periods during a given day are no more likely to have higher sales figures than other time periods.
B. The tracking technology will be convenient and inexpensive to both install and operate.
C. All salespeople have different periods of the day in which their sales volume are the highest.
D. There are no factors other than sales volume that impact how effective a salesperson is at her job:I[color=#ffff00]f there are some/many factors other than sales volume that impact, we don't care. We only care about how they are being evaluated currently.Eliminate[/color]
E. There are no seasonal variations in sales cycles that can affect a salesperson’s productivity:If there are some/many seasonal variations in sales cycles that can affect a salesperson's productivity, then it is not possible to find out how effective he/she is using his/her sales numbers.Looks good


ABC can be easily eliminated. Tough to choose between D &E. Answer E

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New post 06 Jun 2017, 05:35
I went with D. The argument says that the system can track everything but if there are outside factors that impact a salesperson, the system cannot track the outside factors and the data is not 100%. Thus, the most effective salesperson cannot be identified.

I ruled out A because the argument says that the system can analyze sales data to determine the best salesperson per time period - management can break down each time period to see who is the most effective in each specific time period.

I ruled out E because if there are cyclical sales trends, the system can identify this to find the most effective salesperson for a specific cycle.

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What is OA.I guess answer is D. Because the argument states that with the knowledge of how much sales done by a associate in a time period, one can estimate his/her effectiveness at work.
It means it assumes giving higher sales means highly efficient.
Where as option A is concerned with the fact that at different time periods sales figures are varying. This is not concerned with the effectiveness of salespersons
Correct me if I am wrong..
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I went with D as well because the assumption is that the new technology is also able to track the outside factors as well. If it is not, then the company will not know which salesperson is the best.

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New post 06 Jun 2017, 22:10
nguyendinhtuong wrote:
Business Owner: This new technology will allow us to track everything that happens at our store, from delivery arrival times to the volume of sales made within each hour. Because we can now track which associates sell the highest volume within each time period, we will now know which of our salespeople are most effective at their jobs.

Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument above?

A. Different time periods during a given day are no more likely to have higher sales figures than other time periods.
B. The tracking technology will be convenient and inexpensive to both install and operate.
C. All salespeople have different periods of the day in which their sales volume are the highest.
D. There are no factors other than sales volume that impact how effective a salesperson is at her job.
E. There are no seasonal variations in sales cycles that can affect a salesperson’s productivity.


we need to link some how effectiveness with sales volume or defend only sales reflect effectiveness.
Now
A- so what ,if it is high also during some time period, there is no where mention that sales person are coming in different shifts..so every one have equal opportunity to exploit the time.
B-out of scope
C- they will be best performer in respective time period .it is not hampering conclusion
D- yes , we need to consider this ...if some other factor governs the sales then total calculation for effectiveness will be futile--- this is kind of defender assumption.
E-So what , it will effect all the employees--so out...

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Business Owner: This new technology will allow us to track everything that happens at our store, from delivery arrival times to the volume of sales made within each hour. Because we can now track which associates sell the highest volume within each time period, we will now know which of our salespeople are most effective at their jobs.(CONCLUSION)


So according to the business owner there is no other parameter/s to track the effectiveness of their employees.

D it is.
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New post 26 Aug 2017, 16:49
A sounds good, but it is actually wrong because in A, LESS OR EQUALY likely to have higher sales figures still happens.

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New post 26 Aug 2017, 16:50
Also, D is a very common in GMAT, test takers should know this.

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New post 31 Aug 2017, 19:31
effectiveness is a subjective term here, so if there is no other factor to account for effectiveness other than sales volume, our conclusion is more sound.
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