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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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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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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.
it can be inferred from the argument that the reduction of multiple costs to two costs - marketing and quality control - will allow learning institutions to spend less on their overall operation.
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
we cannot infer that it will be more convenient for the students or the teacher. The student might not have the luxury of a computer or the internet at home and therefore might need to exert extra effort to be able to attend the online class. As for the teacher, he/she will still need to prepare and teach that class with the same thoroughness and effort
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
As mentioned in choice B., the student might need transportation to go attend his online course outside his home. Transportation fee and some kind of location/access fee might be needed.
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.
This choice should stand out clearly as an incorrect answer since conducting instructions in a classroom or an online environment effectively is both possible.
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.
same reasons as given in choice B. we cannot infer this

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IMO C is not correct reason being:-

The institute diverts the money spent on parking facilities to the course material. But that doesnt mean that they dont have a parking facility. May be teh parking facility does not has shade, boundary wall.....Connsider the staff working in the office, where will they park their vehicle.

The option states " Distance learning does not require parking facility" which is wrong.

I doubt on the source of this question.

However, Best answer here should be Option D "D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting."

As the argument states " Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space...." Hence there is no class room so it is concluded that instructors instruction are effectively conducted through online setting

But i am not at all convinced...Let experts take a dig..............
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Ambiguous question. What's the source of this question??

Though all the answer choices seems incorrect. Out of the lot, C looks OK.

IMO C- Makes sense as it is provided in the argument that money allocated to parking or climate control is spent on marketing or quality control.
A is incorrect because it compares the cost with all instruction methods while in the argument only classroom method and online method is discussed. Generalizing the classroom method to all instruction method is not logical. Home tuition can be a good option as no parking or location is required.

D seems close but no information is provided about this in the argument except stating the quality control which is not described as to what it covers.
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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.



Distance Learning ===== > Lucrative option for Institutions.

Expenditure spent on Location specific facilities can be diverted into - 1. Marketing 2. Quality Control.

Result - Reduced cost ===== > Driving More 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.

True.

B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.

We don't know about if it is at all convenient for the students ( Doubt Clearing might be an issue ) , but it is certainly cost saver for the Institution.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.

Explicitly been stated in the Passage - Nothing to Infer.

D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.

Out of scope and Irrelevant , we don't have sufficient Information to state the same.

E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

Out of scope.


Hence Undoubtedly my answer is (A)..
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If this is an inference question, I believe C is better choice than A. A seems a good choice if it were an assumption question.
We cannot infer A because the stem talks about distance learning being lucrative as well. Lucrative is profitable. What if 100000 people enroll to DL course and thus making it profitable than 5000 people enrolling in a class room based course?

Where as if C is not true, then the statement would not mention that the money spent on these can be diverted. experts, thoughts please...


WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS NOT AN ASSUMPTION QUESTION BUT AN INFERENCE QUESTION........

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.CORRECT.... THE FIRST SENTENCE SAYS SO.." Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions."..
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations...." IRRELEVANT... CONVENIENCE NOT BEING DISCUSSED"
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.... IT IS AN ASSUMPTION.......NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED.....
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.....AGAIN ASSUMPTION.....
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world..... AGAIN AN ASSUMPTION......


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A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

How can you infer the difference between costs of other instruction methods and distance learning... clearly this is an assumption on which conclusion relies... Argument is not stating that distance learning is a lucrative option because it costs less. Premise is just talking about redirection of expenses in other verticals .. conclusion distance learning is lucrative... Thus option A is an assumption that bridges this gap.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities... << Right choice baby..
This is what we can infer from argument.. as institutes will invest money in marketing and quality control rather than in parking etc etc...

As per power score definition : inference is what follows from an argument, whereas assumption is taken for granted before making argument... inference is made after the argument is complete and follows from argument.
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I have my doubts about this one.

Assume i start an institution where a course costs ME $100.

Now when i was running it in brick and mortar i was able to get only 20 students.

Now when i went online, the servers, mktg and quality control still add up to $100; but i have 100 students enrolled this time around.

So for me going online is certainly a more LUCRATIVE option.

But what caused this increase ? Isn't it the Convenience of the model that has caused the jump in the enrollments. ?

:?: :?:

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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

Why author is saying money can be diverted to other two factors from parking and climate control...?
bcz distance learning doesn't need these factors...

In option A, other instruction methods(plural) is too vague.. argument do not provide information to compare distance learning with method A, B, C, D, or Z... what if cost associated with method B is much lower than Distance learning?
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I have my doubts about this one.

Assume i start an institution where a course costs ME $100.

Now when i was running it in brick and mortar i was able to get only 20 students.

Now when i went online, the servers, mktg and quality control still add up to $100; but i have 100 students enrolled this time around.

So for me going online is certainly a more LUCRATIVE option.

But what caused this increase ? Isn't it the Convenience of the model that has caused the jump in the enrollments. ?

:?: :?:

Please explain.


I totally second you. I chose B for the same reason. cost cannot be governed with this premise. same cost but more students is LUCRATIVE. I would've gone for A if the premise said going online is more COST EFFECTIVE, or more PROFITABLE or something which is monetary. LUCRATIVE is very very open ended:
IT could mean:
1. More students == more lucrative (same cost of offering)
2. More productivity by flexible timings == more lucrative (same cost of offering)

can't think more off the top of my head. but yeah you get it, right?

Same cost but more revenue == LUCRATIVE.
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A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

How can you infer the difference between costs of other instruction methods and distance learning... clearly this is an assumption on which conclusion relies... Argument is not stating that distance learning is a lucrative option because it costs less. Premise is just talking about redirection of expenses in other verticals .. conclusion distance learning is lucrative... Thus option A is an assumption that bridges this gap.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities... << Right choice baby..
This is what we can infer from argument.. as institutes will invest money in marketing and quality control rather than in parking etc etc...

As per power score definition : inference is what follows from an argument, whereas assumption is taken for granted before making argument... inference is made after the argument is complete and follows from argument.

Totally agree with you . But as to how I disregarded A was different.
The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods
I felt that cost would be more or less the same. Granted that they wouldn't have to spend much or any money on parking space, climate control etc, but the money they'd not spend would have to be spent on marketing and quality control. This tell me that the cost will be the same. Thus I immediately discredited the answer choice. Is this reasoning right?
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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 controltwo 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.


Dear Experts,

Please explain why option A is correct and why option C is wrong.

IMO- option A compares distance learning with other instruction methods, In stimulus we are not speaking about other instruction methods..doesn't this option brings new info?


IMHO it can't be (C) , there is nothing to infer from (C) , it has been explicitly stated in the question, option (C) juts repeats the statement presented in the stimulus in a different way...

While if you consider the red highlighted part of the sentence above it suggest that the author is speaking in favour of Distance learning , so there must be some advantage to it...

Option (A) perfectly fits in ..
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options B,C and E are out of scope options or irrelevant for this topic
We see that confusion is between choices A and C
choice C is incorrect due to use of phrase ' does not required '.It is not a compulsion for distance learning to not have climate control or parking facilities.
Correct Answer - A
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here in the premise it says money put into parking and other expenses is DIVERTED to quality control

So online learning is not lower in cost.The money saved is put into other aspects.
Hence C is better choice.

As per CR Bible ..the correct answer in Inference question is paraphrase of the argument (it repeats what is already mentioned in the stimuli)

For assumption we need something thats not mentioned in the stimuli.

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I suppose it is Main Point question in which conclusion exists. In typical inference questions conclusion is not provided

Here "Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions" is a conclusion

So, for such type of questions the answer choice that rephrase conclusion is always correct.

Option A is such choice
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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.
Correct choice for an inference question.

B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
The convinience is not discussed in the argument.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
Out of scope(lol)

D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.
Wrong for inference,right for assumption

E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.
Out of scope.
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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.
This is inferred from the 1st line and this is the main concept of the passage.
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
No mention.
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
It is stated in the passage. Also, it is not main idea that is inferred. It is a part of main idea- 'cost cutting'.

D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.

There is no mention of effectiveness.
Out of scope.


E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

Out of scope.
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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.

As per the first line of the passage, money spent by learning institutions on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars can be diverted to marketing and quality control, if they (learning institutions) decide to switch to Distance learning. Here it may be possible that the money spent marketing and quality may be the entire money earlier spent or may be less. But there is nothing definitive in the passage to say that Distance Learning will cost less than learning institutions.

Also the passage only talks about Distance Learning and Learning Institutions. But the Option compares cost associated with Distance Learning with all other Instruction methods ( which may include methods other than learning institutions).


Hence this does not look to be the right answer.

B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.

The passage does not talk anything about convenience to instructors/students. Hence this is not correct.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.

As stated in the passage, that costs pertaining to climate control and parking facilities can be diverted to marketing and quality control. This implies that Distance learning does not require these. This appears to be the right answer.

D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.

The passage does not give any information regarding this. Hence this is not correct.

E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

The passage does not give any information regarding this. Hence this is not correct.

mikemcgarry, could you please help here. The OA is A, but in IMO the answer is C
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