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# Every person who earned a postgraduate degree in science / engineering

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Every person who earned a postgraduate degree in science or engineering from Olympus University last year received numerous offers of excellent jobs. Typically, many graduates of Plateau College have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at Olympus. Therefore, enrolling as an undergraduate at Plateau College is a wise choice for students who wish to ensure success in their careers.

Which of the following most strengthens the argument given above?
A. Olympus University does not have undergraduate courses in science and engineering.
B. Plateau College offers undergraduate courses only in science and engineering.
C. Plateau College is not the best places in the state to study science and engineering at the undergraduate level.
D. Olympus University is the best place in the country to study science and engineering at the postgraduate level.
E. People who want excellent jobs tend to study science or engineering at college or university.
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14 Apr 2019, 12:50
Can someone explain why B?

Even if plateau college had more specialization how would it have mattered?

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14 Apr 2019, 18:48
According to the argument, it is good to join Plateau College because you can do a postgraduate course in science or engineering at Olympus afterwards. If you joined Plateau to do a course in humanities, the chances of getting a postgraduate degree in science or engineering from Olympus gets totally nullified.

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15 Apr 2019, 07:30
I would like to have an explanation that consists of why choices A or B are correct or incorrect. thanks!
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15 Apr 2019, 08:22
Can anyone please explain why A is wrong....." if Olympus has not undergraduate in science and engg...." than people do the same from Plateau clg and post graduate from Olympus...". because it is given that plateau clg has both science and engg in undergraduate. this is filling the gap and is the strengthener.

On the other hand if plateau clg has only undergraduate in Science and engg. only than we have no information about same in olympus clg. Thus have no impact...

Anyone please explain where my reasoning is wrong.
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15 Apr 2019, 08:59
Sanjeetgujrall wrote:
Can someone explain why B?

Even if plateau college had more specialization how would it have mattered?

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It matters a lot ....

The conclusion states " Therefore, enrolling as an undergraduate at Plateau College..........." It nowhere mentions enrolling in Science/Engineering as such the options are wide and as Thakurdas has correctly stated...

jrk23 wrote:
Can anyone please explain why A is wrong....." if Olympus has not undergraduate in science and engg...." than people do the same from Plateau clg and post graduate from Olympus...". because it is given that plateau clg has both science and engg in undergraduate. this is filling the gap and is the strengthener.

The author states that " Typically, many graduates of Plateau College have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at Olympus. " it may be possible that graduation courses at Plateau College prepares them to pursue a Graduate program from Olympus ...
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15 Apr 2019, 12:08
I completely disagree with B strengthening the argument.
The argument is:
Many Plateau graduates go to Olympus
Therefore, Many Plateau graduates get good jobs

If Plateau offers only undegrad courses in science and engineering or if it also offers courses in other areas do not change the fact that many of its graduates go to Olympus, therefore the information is irrelevant.

On the other hand, if the only way into Olympus postgrad in S&E is after graduating at another school, the argument becomes stronger.
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24 Apr 2019, 23:20
Thakurdas wrote:
Every person who earned a postgraduate degree in science or engineering from Olympus University last year received numerous offers of excellent jobs. Typically, many graduates of Plateau College have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at Olympus. Therefore, enrolling as an undergraduate at Plateau College is a wise choice for students who wish to ensure success in their careers.

Which of the following most strengthens the argument given above?
A. Olympus University does not have undergraduate courses in science and engineering.
B. Plateau College offers undergraduate courses only in science and engineering.
C. Plateau College is not the best places in the state to study science and engineering at the undergraduate level.
D. Olympus University is the best place in the country to study science and engineering at the postgraduate level.
E. People who want excellent jobs tend to study science or engineering at college or university.

Can anyone give an elaborate explanation on why A is incorrect and B is correct?

A. Olympus University does not have undergraduate courses in science and engineering.
If OU doesnt have those courses then it makes sense that students will enroll in PC or else why there is a need to do those courses from PC. Therefore this is strengthening the argument.

B. Plateau College offers undergraduate courses only in science and engineering.
This answer makes sense to some extent but not very clear. It is basically saying that PC has those courses after which if they go to OU they ll get good offers. And if PC has only those two courses then students will be forced to take those courses only. But this doesnt say that OU doesnt have those courses.

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02 May 2019, 07:46
I guess few folks here missed out on a critical piece of linkage.

Post Grads in Engg and Science from Oly Uni get great jobs. Many grads (Read as anywhere from 1% to 100%) out of ALL Grads (read as Engg, Science, Business, Biology, etc) of Plateau College went to Oly Uni later on for post grad.

Conclusion: If you go to Plateau College as an undergrad, you have good chances of getting jobs.

Logical jump: Plateau College (any degree) -> Good jobs

Assumptions: (Backtracking) Good jobs <- Oly Uni post grad in engg and science <- Plateau College (engg and science undergrad)

If you look at the logical jump in the conclusion and the assumptions, you will notice that it is not necessary for any undergrad to go to OLy Uni. For example, if X is business major in Plateau, he/she need not go to Oly Uni. This means that the author cannot conclude that it is wise for X to join Plateau since they will get a good job.

So to make the argument's conclusion airtight, B is the best strengthener.

Hope that helps!
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