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# Most graduates of art schools go on to support themselves

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Most graduates of art schools go on to support themselves with a variety of odd jobs that have little or nothing to do with the graduatesâ€™ artistic training. This has led to major doubts regarding how well the art schools are preparing their students for careers in art.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the authorâ€™s criticism of art schools?

The curricula of most art schools tend to reflect the needs of the art world.

There are some graduates of art schools who go on to careers within the art world.

The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields.

People who intend to earn their livings in the field of art choose to go to art school to increase the quality of their work.

Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field.
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29 Oct 2006, 20:46
E for me..

It fills a critical gap in the argument..

If students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field, then we can argue that the lack of students entering an art related field has less to do with their own personal choice then the fact that the preperation provided was poor.
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29 Oct 2006, 20:57
The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields..

They are not serving their purpose...so "This has led to major doubts regarding how well the art schools are preparing their students for careers in art"
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29 Oct 2006, 21:10
gmacvik wrote:
The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields..

They are not serving their purpose...so "This has led to major doubts regarding how well the art schools are preparing their students for careers in art"

This looked tempting at first.. but my gut feeling was that it was a trap answer..

The purpose of the school may be to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in the art industry.. but do we know that the school is the reason for the lack of art students in the industry?

It does not tell us.. and ultimately leaves the argument open to other reasons being the cause..
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29 Oct 2006, 21:38
I'll pick (C)
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29 Oct 2006, 22:33
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29 Oct 2006, 22:50
I will pick up C
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30 Oct 2006, 00:44
C for me 2
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30 Oct 2006, 01:12
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30 Oct 2006, 04:30
I too initially chose C, but I now follow the logic behind E. E is actually a stronger strengthener.

Let's consider C first

Granted that the purpose of art schools is to get students jobs and let's say for a moment the art schools MAY/OR MAY NOT be fulfilling their purpose - by doing whatever they can - however if the students choose NOT to carry on in this field and prefer ODD jobs instead, art schools can't do much about it and it would NOT be fair to blame them. So this choice has no bearing on the final outcome of whether students secure a job or not - on which the author's argument hinges.

E on the other hand says - students WANT a career BUT they are not able to get it. This casts the most singular doubt on the usefulness of the art schools in securing jobs for their students.

Negate E - students DON'T want a job in art field and the argument that the art schools are NOT doing their JOB falls apart.
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30 Oct 2006, 13:46
(E) is stronger than (C)
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30 Oct 2006, 14:33
mukeshnathani wrote:
(E) is stronger than (C)

C is OA. I think this question wouldn't fly in real GMAT. What dwivedys says is pricesly what I'm thinking:

Negate E - students DON'T want a job in art field and the argument that the art schools are NOT doing their JOB falls apart.
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30 Oct 2006, 18:33
Nsentra wrote:
mukeshnathani wrote:
(E) is stronger than (C)

C is OA. I think this question wouldn't fly in real GMAT. What dwivedys says is pricesly what I'm thinking:

Negate E - students DON'T want a job in art field and the argument that the art schools are NOT doing their JOB falls apart.

What is the source?
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30 Oct 2006, 19:14
amorica wrote:
Nsentra wrote:
mukeshnathani wrote:
(E) is stronger than (C)

C is OA. I think this question wouldn't fly in real GMAT. What dwivedys says is pricesly what I'm thinking:

Negate E - students DON'T want a job in art field and the argument that the art schools are NOT doing their JOB falls apart.

What is the source?

Princeton Review 2007 online exam

here is it's explanation of E was:

"No. The studentsâ€™ intentions arenâ€™t the issue. We want to know if the art schools are preparing their students properly. "

Here is it's explanation for correct answer:

"Yes. If the purpose of art schools is to ensure that their students can find secure work as artists, the fact that the grads are having trouble indicates that the schools arenâ€™t doing the job. "
30 Oct 2006, 19:14
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