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It seems that Americans are smarter than they were 50 years ago

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It seems that Americans are smarter than they were 50 years ago. Many more Americans are attending college now than in the past, and the typical entry-level job in business now requires a college degree.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most weaken the argument above?

(A) High school courses are more rigorous now than they were in the past.
(B) Tuition at colleges and universities has more than tripled in the past 25 years.
(C) High school class sizes have gotten smaller, and computers have introduced a more individualized curriculum.
(D) Businesses are not requiring as high a level of writing or math skills as they did in past decades.
(E) Many of the skills and concepts taught in high school 50 years ago are now taught in college.

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New post 09 May 2017, 12:43
Hi Expert,

We are not sure if many people used to complete high school 50 years ago, so even if the level of college is same as it used to be of high school 50 years ago, it does not necessarily weaken the argument.Take the scenario, in which people hardly used to join high school 50 years ago, in that case, choice E does not weaken the argument as many people of today(with skills equivalent to 10th standard of 50 years ago) has more skills than many people(with skills less than 10th standard of the same time) of 50 years of ago..

Please help how E is correct answer choice. Thanks
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It seems that Americans are smarter than they were 50 years ago. Many more Americans are attending college now than in the past, and the typical entry-level job in business now requires a college degree.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most weaken the argument above?




in a way, I love weaken questions.
Americans are smarter. Why? more people attend colleges. Why? because businesses don't employ people without a college degree.
what if the level of education dropped down? what if the level of work that is required advanced, yet very simple (for ex. usage of PC)? if any of these is true - then we can't know for sure whether Americans are smarter now than they were 50 years ago.

Going through the answer choices, E seems to be the right one.

let's just analyze the other ones and see why they are incorrect:

(A) High school courses are more rigorous now than they were in the past.
it rather strengthens the argument.

(B) Tuition at colleges and universities has more than tripled in the past 25 years.
it rather shows a great level of inflation or smth else that is not related to the argument.

(C) High school class sizes have gotten smaller, and computers have introduced a more individualized curriculum.
this one, as does A, supports the argument.

(D) Businesses are not requiring as high a level of writing or math skills as they did in past decades.
if they not - then why require a college degree? It raises additional questions though...
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(A) High school courses are more rigorous now than they were in the past.
it rather strengthens the argument.
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New post 23 May 2017, 01:25
Dear expert @GMATNinjaTwo,

I did choose (D) and still cannot understand how option (E) is correct. Other people also have this concern. I will appreciate if you make an analysis to solve this question. Thank you!
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