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Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.
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The argument talks only about cost efficiency. Only option A fits .
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16 May 2012, 07:12
I have following doubts for the option A.
The stimulus tells us that we will save on the amount spent on activities such as parking, etc. These activities or expenses are part of any other institution. We could spend the amount so saved on other activities such as marketing, etc. It may be that any reduction of such costs leads us to spend more on other activities. The spend of marketing, etc. can turn out to be more than savings so achieved. It only talks of saving in amounts. How can we take it to assume that the overall costs will come down?
C- We will save on amount spent on parking, etc. The learning institutions must not be in need to such facilities, that is why the costs are coming down. Can't we take it to mean that these facilities are not required by distance learning institutions?
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In my opinion answer C also fits as correct, however as far as i know there could not be such case, either the question is poorly designed or i missed something...
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24 Jun 2012, 19:59
Option C makes more sense than A
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24 Jun 2012, 20:26
The arguemebt says cost saved on classroom, parking space etc needs needs to be diverted to marketing and q control. It implies costs are diverted and not saved.

My vote is for C

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24 Jun 2012, 21:36
It should be option C as costs incurred for marketing and quality could be more than that of classroom,parking space and climate control.
Option A mentions about cost savings, there is no mention of it in the argument, its mentioned as lucrative.

I go with option C
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Updated on: 25 Jun 2012, 01:27
The answer is a simple A. I don't think we can infer that "Distance learning does not require climate control or parking facilities.". We can only infer that "classroom based learning definitely needs these". There is a subtle difference there.

Originally posted by mourinhogmat1 on 24 Jun 2012, 23:09.
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25 Jun 2012, 00:06
mourinhogmat1 wrote:
The answer is a simple A. I don't think we can infer that "Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.". We can only infer that "classroom based learning definitely needs these". There is a subtle difference there.

Agree that "classroom based learning definitely needs these" (resources), and almost changed my mind towards A, but don't you think that to eliminate all potential ambiguity and to make option A definite we need to replace the word particulars with resources, otherwise option C also has some grounds to be tue. Because distance learning may require other costs that are not normally associated with traditional learning, e.g. more marketing, and that costs could be more than facility costs.
Hope that i could explain my thinking.
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25 Jun 2012, 01:19
Isn't C stated in the passage ? A is an inference.
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mourinhogmat1 wrote:
The answer is a simple A. I don't think we can infer that "Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.". We can only infer that "classroom based learning definitely needs these". There is a subtle difference there.

Agree that "classroom based learning definitely needs these" (resources), and almost changed my mind towards A, but don't you think that to eliminate all potential ambiguity and to make option A definite we need to replace the word particulars with resources, otherwise option C also has some grounds to be tue. Because distance learning may require other costs that are not normally associated with traditional learning, e.g. more marketing, and that costs could be more than facility costs.
Hope that i could explain my thinking.

Yes, but you are attempting to go beyond what is stated in the stimulus. Stick only to what is stated by the author. There is normally no need to go beyond it. The more you go beyond the stimulus, the more you are likely to make a mistake.

Let's do a quick FACT TEST check with respect to answers A and answers C.
First with statement A:
A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

1) Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. (Nothing about cost)
2) Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business. (Meets fact check, here because authors says money can be diverted to mkt to quality and that means original costs such classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service are not needed for the online system)

Now with statement C:
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.

1) Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. (Nothing about cost)
2) Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.
(Ask yourself does this statement say DL DOES NOT need CC or PF? A Big fat NOOOOOOO. Maybe there are some businesses which need and maybe there are others which don't but the only thing actually stated here is that these can be avoided or channelled differently)
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25 Jun 2012, 02:09
doesn't c=> A ? Hence c?

classroom needs extra costs for blah blah.
(Distance doesn't need blah blah (option c) ) hence, cost distance < classroom (option a)
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ziko wrote:
mourinhogmat1 wrote:
The answer is a simple A. I don't think we can infer that "Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.". We can only infer that "classroom based learning definitely needs these". There is a subtle difference there.

Agree that "classroom based learning definitely needs these" (resources), and almost changed my mind towards A, but don't you think that to eliminate all potential ambiguity and to make option A definite we need to replace the word particulars with resources, otherwise option C also has some grounds to be tue. Because distance learning may require other costs that are not normally associated with traditional learning, e.g. more marketing, and that costs could be more than facility costs.
Hope that i could explain my thinking.

Yes, but you are attempting to go beyond what is stated in the stimulus. Stick only to what is stated by the author. There is normally no need to go beyond it. The more you go beyond the stimulus, the more you are likely to make a mistake.

Let's do a quick FACT TEST check with respect to answers A and answers C.
First with statement A:
A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

1) Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. (Nothing about cost)
2) Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business. (Meets fact check, here because authors says money can be diverted to mkt to quality and that means original costs such classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service are not needed for the online system)

Now with statement C:
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.

1) Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. (Nothing about cost)
2) Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.
(Ask yourself does this statement say DL DOES NOT need CC or PF? A Big fat NOOOOOOO. Maybe there are some businesses which need and maybe there are others which don't but the only thing actually stated here is that these can be avoided or channelled differently)

Ok, and can you tell me how the the stimulus concludes that "The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods"; it is not mentioned in stimulus that the costs of quality control and marketing will actually be lower than parking costs etc. Only thing which can be inferred is that such institutions spend more on quality and marketing rather than parking etc. I think the question is not good.
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01 Oct 2012, 09:31
A is wrong. Cost associated with other instruction method is not mentioned in passage.
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I chose C.

I looked for an answer that can be inferred directly from the question stem.

IMO, the question stem say the following if paraphrased:
With the Distance Learning case, Money to be spent on CC and PF can be diverted to something else - > DL does not require CC or PF.

I cannot understand why A could be correct especially because we question does not say anything about all costs. Maybe, costs to establish online-classes are much higher than the savings from the CC and PF.
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30 Aug 2013, 08:58
aalriy wrote:
Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

Hi Guys,
It has to be C.

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.
Nowhere, argument mentioned about other instruction method.

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31 Aug 2013, 12:13
jaituteja wrote:

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.
Nowhere, argument mentioned about other instruction method.

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21 Oct 2014, 04:47
Can someone please explain why is option C wrong? I read above that one of the reasons stated that since option C is explicitly mentioned in the argument, it is wrong. But I thought that for Inference Questions the correct answer could either be a paraphrase OR restatement of the facts/premises. Am I missing something?
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02 Nov 2014, 13:42
mcmoorthy wrote:
The arguemebt says cost saved on classroom, parking space etc needs needs to be diverted to marketing and q control. It implies costs are diverted and not saved.

My vote is for C

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- No were in the stimulus says that the money has to be diverted to marketing and QC, it say it can not that it will.
- Option C is incorrect, it is an extreme statement which are usually incorrect. The institutions will still need parking space and climate control, teachers and other staff will still have to go to such institution to record, etc. Therefore it will only be reduced.

- Option A, states that the cost of instruction will be less. This is correct and is further supported by the fact that now there will be money available for other things such as marketing, it doesn't mean that it will be spent in those things again, only that is available.

Hope it makes sense.
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02 Feb 2015, 10:36
Option C is an assumption !!
whereas Option A can be directly inferred from the text.
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