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Executive: The process of submitting bids for architectural contracts

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Executive: The process of submitting bids for architectural contracts should be restructured because when a contractor bids for a contract, the contractor is acutely aware that other contractors will be submitting bids for the same contract. Therefore, the amount of a bid is not an accurate gauge of how much a contract is actually worth.

Which of the following is an assumption made in drawing the conclusion above?


A. Contractors often charge outrageous amounts for even simple architectural projects.

B. An alternative method for awarding architectural contracts already exists.

C. Some contractors who compete for land management projects do so by systems other than submitting bids.

D. Some architectural contractors base the amount of their bids on factors other than the amount of money necessary to complete the contract.

E. The information provided to those who hire contractors is not sufficient for them to decide which contractor to hire.


A. No. In fact, the argument implies that architects are underselling themselves in order to win contracts.
B. No. Why else would the Executive be asking for a new process?
C. No. This is out of scope, since the executive is speaking about those contracts that do go through the bidding process.
D. Yes. If this were not the case, then contract bids would necessarily be accurate gauges of the contracts' worth.
E. No. The information is not at issue; the value of the contracts compared to the value of contract bids is.

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New post 30 May 2017, 00:40
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D correctly gives reason why the the value of contract can no be deduced from bid.
It tells us there are other reasons apart form the money needed to complete the project to base the bid .
Therefore the true value of the project can not be deduced from bidding
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New post 03 Sep 2017, 05:18
I had selected C. I am aware that even C is wrong.
However this question needs some help in deciphering it further. When I deconstruct it, it is a argument which is mentioned by the Executive who vouches for change in the bid system as while bidding the contractor is aware that others will be bidding. So here on, what can we pre-think? I am quite blank on this space!
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I had selected C. I am aware that even C is wrong.
However this question needs some help in deciphering it further. When I deconstruct it, it is a argument which is mentioned by the Executive who vouches for change in the bid system as while bidding the contractor is aware that others will be bidding. So here on, what can we pre-think? I am quite blank on this space!


Hi ,

Premise 1-The process of submitting bids for architectural contracts should be restructured ,because when a contractor bids for a contract, the contractor is acutely aware that other contractors will be submitting bids for the same contract.

Conclusion: the amount of a bid is not an accurate gauge of how much a contract is actually worth.

it is given that contractor is not quoting amount what is required for project ...why so...one of the factor: To win the contract they will put less amount as many contractors are involved((( contractors know this fact))), there will be sense of insecurity that quotation amount of other contractor can be less than actual amount require to complete the project .its kind of competing with other contractors...So if contractor is not revealed that other contractor are involved then may be they will quote exact amount .
Above can be one of the reason , there can be many like that..

that is what D is saying ...
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Hello Guys,

Why can't A be the answer here?

Prethinking: - As BIDs are not accurate measure of the contracts; The BIDs are either over quoted or under quoted as BIDDERs know what other BIDDERs are going to BID for.

Option A straight away conveys the same Point

Option D says "Some" contractors base the amount on other factors; The statement also implies that "Some" contractors base their BID on the actual amount of work required. This is a 50:50 answer. Not sure if this is the correct assumption

Please let me know where I am going wrong
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Re: Executive: The process of submitting bids for architectural contracts [#permalink]

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Hello Guys,

Why can't A be the answer here?

Prethinking: - As BIDs are not accurate measure of the contracts; The BIDs are either over quoted or under quoted as BIDDERs know what other BIDDERs are going to BID for.

Option A straight away conveys the same Point

Option D says "Some" contractors base the amount on other factors; The statement also implies that "Some" contractors base their BID on the actual amount of work required. This is a 50:50 answer. Not sure if this is the correct assumption

Please let me know where I am going wrong


Hi Pikolo2510,

(A) cannot be the correct choice because this is an ASSUMPTION question. Therefore, information stated in the question cannot be the answer. Answer (A) is stated in the question. If this were an inference question, (A) could be a possible answer!

Does this help?
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