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Dear Applicant:
Thank you for your application. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you a position in our local government office for the summer. As you know, funding for summer jobs is limited, and it is impossible for us to offer jobs to all those who want them. Consequently, we are forced to reject many highly qualified applicants.

Which of the following can be inferred from the letter?
(A) The number of applicants for summer jobs in the government office exceeded the number of summer jobs available.
(B) The applicant who received the letter was considered highly qualified.
(C) Very little funding was available for summer jobs in the government office.
(D) The application of the person who received the letter was considered carefully before being rejected.
(E) Most of those who applied for summer jobs were considered qualified for the available positions.
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02 Sep 2005, 08:56
A
because the statement says funding for summer jobs is limited, and it is impossible for us to offer jobs to all those who want them this means that less number of jobs available for applicants
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02 Sep 2005, 13:03
B, IMO A is pretty close but it is clear that the number of jobs offered is limited due to lack of funding, and not clear if all the vacancies are being filled, It could be assumed that some vacacies are not being filled for lack of funding inspite of getting few application, so B is the safest choice.
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02 Sep 2005, 13:13
A and B are close but I think B is most clear.
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02 Sep 2005, 15:27
It says that they cannot give jobs to people because of funding problems not because they have limited jobs, hence I think this should be B.

And the "Consequently" supports B as well. They seem to be almost consoling the applicant by saying, "you are highly qualified, we wish we could hire you"
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02 Sep 2005, 22:02
This is a tricky one! I almost picked A! Decibel good explanation!

B it is!
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03 Sep 2005, 01:08
OA is A.
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03 Sep 2005, 04:37
ywilfred wrote:
OA is A.

Hi Ywilfred,
Great questions and thanks for the OA, but can you post the OE on this alone, I am totally not convinced with A...

thanks again,
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03 Sep 2005, 10:24
ranga41 wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
OA is A.

Hi Ywilfred,
Great questions and thanks for the OA, but can you post the OE on this alone, I am totally not convinced with A...

thanks again,
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It couldn't be B. B says we can infer from the passage the applicant is highly qualified. But apart from the last sentence (which is a commnly used line for a job rejection in reality), nothing else in the passage talks about qualifications.

A however can be inferred We know that there are so many applicants that not everyone can be offered a job. We are also told funding is limited. Now, this could mean either there are vacancies but the budget does not allow that vacancy to be filled (The manager would probably tell his staff "sorry folks, you people just have to work harder by taking on extra workload), or the budget does not allow anymore hiring than is required. In any case, both points to the fact that there are more applicants than vacancies.
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09 Jan 2010, 09:39
Dear all,

Please share why E is not the right choice...
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