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High school students who feel that they are not succeeding in high school often drop out before graduating and go to work. Last year, however, the city's high school dropout rate was significantly lower than the previous year's rate. This is encouraging evidence that the program instituted two years ago to improve the morale of high school students has begun to take effect to reduce dropouts.

Which one of the following, if true about the last year, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) There was a recession that caused a high level of unemployment in the city.
(B) The morale of students who dropped out of high school had been low even before they reached high school.
(C) As in the preceding year, more high school students remained in school than dropped out.
(D) High schools in the city established placement offices to assist their graduates in obtaining employment.
(E) The antidropout program was primarily aimed at improving students' morale in those high schools with the highest dropout rates.

Got to this nice CR question in the PowerScore Bible:
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05 Nov 2014, 01:56
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A it is: There was a recession that caused a high level of unemployment in the city----------->to weaken the conclusion just provide the alternate reason. this is exactly what A does
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LaxAvenger wrote:
Got to this nice CR question in the PowerScore Bible:

High school students who feel that they are not succeeding in high school often drop out before graduating and go to work. Last year, however, the city's high school dropout rate was significantly lower than the previous year's rate. This is encouraging evidence that the program instituted two years ago to improve the morale of high school students has begun to take effect to reduce dropouts.

Which one of the following, if true about the last year, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) There was a recession that caused a high level of unemployment in the city.
(B) The morale of students who dropped out of high school had been low even before they reached high school.
(C) As in the preceding year, more high school students remained in school than dropped out.
(D) High schools in the city established placement offices to assist their graduates in obtaining employment.
(E) The antidropout program was primarily aimed at improving students' morale in those high schools with the highest dropout rates.

Given that Option A implies: Unemployment rises -> Cant afford child education -> hence child drops out of school.

But are we not assuming too much, out of scope of the passage that unemployment leads to crisis at home and inability to support child education??

The correct weakener should provide an alternate reason that shows that it was NOT the antidropout program but some other factor that lead to a fall in drop-out.

IMO Option E implies that though the program was Primarily aimed at improving students' morale in those high schools with the highest dropout rates, the overall number for all schools that year was reduced which could be due to some other factor where the program was not really aimed at.
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28 Feb 2017, 01:59
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LaxAvenger wrote:
Got to this nice CR question in the PowerScore Bible:

High school students who feel that they are not succeeding in high school often drop out before graduating and go to work. Last year, however, the city's high school dropout rate was significantly lower than the previous year's rate. This is encouraging evidence that the program instituted two years ago to improve the morale of high school students has begun to take effect to reduce dropouts.

Which one of the following, if true about the last year, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) There was a recession that caused a high level of unemployment in the city.
(B) The morale of students who dropped out of high school had been low even before they reached high school.
(C) As in the preceding year, more high school students remained in school than dropped out.
(D) High schools in the city established placement offices to assist their graduates in obtaining employment.
(E) The antidropout program was primarily aimed at improving students' morale in those high schools with the highest dropout rates.

Given that Option A implies: Unemployment rises -> Cant afford child education -> hence child drops out of school.

But are we not assuming too much, out of scope of the passage that unemployment leads to crisis at home and inability to support child education??

The correct weakener should provide an alternate reason that shows that it was NOT the antidropout program but some other factor that lead to a fall in drop-out.

IMO Option E implies that though the program was Primarily aimed at improving students' morale in those high schools with the highest dropout rates, the overall number for all schools that year was reduced which could be due to some other factor where the program was not really aimed at.

As said above, IMO this question doesn't match with the type of question patterns that you get in GMAT. Option A (which is the OA here) seems to be an irrelevant, because it talks about unemployment. There is no prior information that can show ,the main motive of the high school students is getting an employment. The students may similarly aim to pursue higher studies instead of getting an employment.
Therefore, in my opinion, option A is simply out of scope. I've come across this question before and most of the users are in favour of option A. But I do not agree with them.
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28 Feb 2017, 06:30
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This one is cause & effect.
New program (x) encouraged students not to give up school and seek for a job, but to stay and graduate that led to a decrease in dropout rate (y).
Our goal is to find another reason for (y) to happen, answer "A" gives a clear reason (y) to happen due to a high unemployment rate in the city, thus students simply couldn't find a job and had no any other options but to stay at school and proceed with studying.
Very decent question.
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14 May 2017, 12:54
I see why A is the correct answer, because of "go to work" at the end of the first sentence.
I did not see that, and assume all options are wrong, until I see OA and explanations
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As in the preceding year, more high school students remained in school than dropped out.
why C is wrong??
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As in the preceding year, more high school students remained in school than dropped out.
why C is wrong??

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(C) As in the preceding year, more high school students remained in school than dropped out.

Choice (C) only tells us that, in each year, more high school students remained than dropped out, but it doesn't tell us if the number of dropouts increased, decreased, or remained the same from one year to the next. For example, perhaps 4000 students remained and 1000 dropped out last year (consistent with the information given in choice (C)). If 1500 students dropped out and 2500 remained the preceding year, this evidence would support the argument that the program is reducing dropouts. Since we don't know the exact numbers, we don't know whether choice (C) weakens or strengthens the argument.
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[quote="LaxAvenger"]Got to this nice CR question in the PowerScore Bible:

High school students who feel that they are not succeeding in high school often drop out before graduating and go to work. Last year, however, the city's high school dropout rate was significantly lower than the previous year's rate. This is encouraging evidence that the program instituted two years ago to improve the morale of high school students has begun to take effect to reduce dropouts.

Which one of the following, if true about the last year, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) There was a recession that caused a high level of unemployment in the city - Weakens the argument
(B) The morale of students who dropped out of high school had been low even before they reached high school.-out of scope
(C) As in the preceding year, more high school students remained in school than dropped out. -strengthen
(D) High schools in the city established placement offices to assist their graduates in obtaining employment.- -strengthen
(E) The antidropout program was primarily aimed at improving students' morale in those high schools with the highest dropout rates.- -strengthen

So A is clear winner here
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