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In its yearly review of MBA programs, an independent evaluator gave Smith Business School a dismal ranking in its student satisfaction category. In order to increase student satisfaction and its national ranking, Smith Business School has decided to spend over \$50 million upgrading its facilities, including its library, classroom space, and lounge areas.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason to expect that Smith Business School’s proposal will be successful in increasing its ranking?

A. The student satisfaction category encompasses a number of subjective factors, including value, quality of faculty, and facilities.
B. Yearly program rankings are an important factor in attracting the best candidates to a school.
D. The students surveyed for the business school rankings indicated that the number and diversity of courses offered at a school was a large component of student satisfaction.
E. The students at Smith School that were surveyed for the rankings indicated that they were extremely happy with the quality of instruction, price, and diversity of courses at the school.

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17 Dec 2018, 09:29
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Analysis

First, note that the question stem asks you to support or strengthen the argument. Like weaken questions, strengthen questions require you to first break down the argument and find the premise, conclusion, and assumption. Then, think about a way to make the argument better by supporting the assumption. The premise and conclusion are:

Premise: Smith Business School received a low ranking on student satisfaction in an annual evaluation.

Conclusion: Spending \$50 million on facilities will help Smith increase its student satisfaction rating.

For this argument to work, you need an assumption that connects Smith’s low student ranking and its proposal to increase it by spending money upgrading facilities. The assumption is something along the lines of “upgrading student facilities will have a strong effect on student satisfaction.” To strengthen this argument, you need an answer choice that provides some information that increases the validity of the assumption.

The first choice doesn’t do much to help the argument. It merely states that a number of factors contribute to the student satisfaction score. But it doesn’t make it any more likely that upgrading facilities leads to higher student satisfaction scores. Choice B may be true, but it’s not relevant to the argument. It doesn’t say anything about a connection between upgrading facilities and increasing student satisfaction scores. Choice C isn’t the best choice either. While it is helpful to know that Smith has the money for the improvements, you need a choice that suggests that the improvements will help its student satisfaction rankings. Choice D actually hurts the argument; if the number and diversity of courses is a large part of the student satisfaction score, then upgrading its facilities probably won’t help Smith too much. That leaves choice E, the best answer. Choice E strengthens the argument by indicating that the students at Smith are happy with the other aspects of the school. If they are already happy with these aspects, it is more likely that upgrading the facilities will increase their satisfaction. Thus, this choice supports the assumption.

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28 Feb 2017, 05:48
In its yearly review of MBA programs, an independent evaluator gave Smith Business School a dismal ranking in its student satisfaction category. In order to increase student satisfaction and its national ranking, Smith Business School has decided to spend over \$50 million upgrading its facilities, including its library, classroom space, and lounge areas.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest reason to expect that Smith Business School’s proposal will be successful in increasing its ranking?

A. The student satisfaction category encompasses a number of subjective factors, including value, quality of faculty, and facilities.--opposite
B. Yearly program rankings are an important factor in attracting the best candidates to a school.---Out of scope
C. Smith Business School has already secured the \$50 million needed to upgrade its facilities.---out of scope
D. The students surveyed for the business school rankings indicated that the number and diversity of courses offered at a school was a large component of student satisfaction.---ok, but only a single reason is mentioned
E. The students at Smith School that were surveyed for the rankings indicated that they were extremely happy with the quality of instruction, price, and diversity of courses at the school.--yes ....almost educational and pricing factor is fine in the coll ...so others area need to be concentrated for higher satisfaction.
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23 Mar 2017, 11:36
Though I got the option right by poe. But I still feel this is not correctly formed choice. Does anyone else also feel the same ?
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24 Mar 2017, 06:53
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Though I got the option right by poe. But I still feel this is not correctly formed choice. Does anyone else also feel the same ?

No i think it is fine.

[quote]The students at Smith School that were surveyed for the rankings indicated that they were extremely happy with the quality of instruction, price, and diversity of courses at the school.[quote]

If students are satisfied with courses and other similar factors then only thing that remains are the extra-curricular stuff improvement, which they are aiming for, so if they can increase that, that would fulfill their objective. Hence, E.
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24 Mar 2017, 07:00
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A. The student satisfaction category encompasses a number of subjective factors, including value, quality of faculty, and facilities.--->It states a fact that students satisfaction includes some facts.But we don't know how many factors are included.So investing in few factors such as library, classroom space, and lounge areas could be outnumbered by other factors,which causes high level of dissatisfaction.
B. Yearly program rankings are an important factor in attracting the best candidates to a school.----> Just a stated fact.Irrevalent
D. The students surveyed for the business school rankings indicated that the number and diversity of courses offered at a school was a large component of student satisfaction.---> out of scope as we are focusing on dissatisfaction.
E. The students at Smith School that were surveyed for the rankings indicated that they were extremely happy with the quality of instruction, price, and diversity of courses at the school.---->It says that students are already satisfied with these factors so imprvong other subjective factors such as library, classroom space, and lounge areas could get the students satisfaction at high level.Hence right answer
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27 Mar 2017, 05:03
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Conclusion - Spending 50 million on upgrading its facilities will increase satisfaction and rankings

A. The student satisfaction category encompasses a number of subjective factors, including value, quality of faculty, and facilities. Students value facilities as one of the factor, but it is not the sole factor. Without further information that other factors will not degrade, it is too early to conclude that satisfaction will increase. However, KIV this choice for now.
B. Yearly program rankings are an important factor in attracting the best candidates to a school. OFS.
C. Smith Business School has already secured the \$50 million needed to upgrade its facilities. OFS. Financing funds is not part of the argument
D. The students surveyed for the business school rankings indicated that the number and diversity of courses offered at a school was a large component of student satisfaction.This choice is a weakener
E. The students at Smith School that were surveyed for the rankings indicated that they were extremely happy with the quality of instruction, price, and diversity of courses at the school.This choice is the correct answer as it eliminates few other factors which someone may point out to argue against the claim.
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27 Mar 2017, 09:38
I still don't understand how E is a better answer than A.

Choice E) The students at Smith School that were surveyed for the rankings indicated that they were extremely happy with the quality of instruction, price, and diversity of courses at the school. --- Although students are happy with all these factors, how can we assume that the quality the university's library, classroom space, and lounge areas play a role in student satisfaction? It could play a role but it also could not. So I think it's hard to say that this answer choice provides strong support for the proposal's success.

Meanwhile Choice A) The student satisfaction category encompasses a number of subjective factors, including value, quality of faculty, and facilities. --- we know that libraries, classrooms and lounge areas (which is part of a school's facility) for sure plays a role - whether it be small or large - in student satisfaction. If we improve these areas (as suggested by the proposal), I am more confident that the extra funding can increase student satisfaction.

Can someone shed some light on my thinking?
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27 Mar 2017, 10:37
Expert, I read all the posts but I am not convinced with the OE as E.

My analysis of the argument is -
Premise 2- To increase Student satisfaction and National Ranking, School decided to spend 50\$ in upgrading X Y and Z.

Now the question asking us to find an answer which provides STRONG support that School's plan will succeed?

Option E: just tells that students are satisfactory about A,B and C criteria. That does not mean if school works on X,Y and Z criteria, school will succeed. What if, if the school had many other areas to improve apart from A.
How does this bolsters the conclusion?? Please explain..
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17 Aug 2018, 10:45
Although I landed up choosing my answer as E, I am still not fully convinced on D being an incorrect option.
Premise: factors x,y & z have been introduced to curb dissatisfaction

Choices D & E both signify that students are okay with factors others than x,y & z. Any thoughts?
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03 Mar 2019, 07:13

can we expect this type of reasoning question in the actual GMAT?
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03 Mar 2019, 10:38
Debashis Roy wrote:

can we expect this type of reasoning question in the actual GMAT?

It depends on what you mean by "this type of reasoning question", I suppose?

But the more useful answer is that it's best to stay away from non-official questions on verbal. The GMAT spends several thousand dollars developing each individual test question, and even the best test-prep companies can't compete -- and McGraw Hill's questions are usually particularly awful. So stick with official GMAT questions, and maybe LSAT questions if you need some extras for CR and RC.

I hope this helps!
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