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14 Nov 2010, 09:46
D. # of students going down results in loss of revenue. However this loss is offset by increasing tuition to such an extent that it covers for loss due to # of students decreasing

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21 Nov 2010, 17:02
This was fairly easy - D no question. Some of the options had nothing to do with the question. Does anyone know what level this question is? 500? 600?

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21 Nov 2010, 23:54
I am with D

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22 Nov 2010, 18:29
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This was fairly easy - D no question. Some of the options had nothing to do with the question. Does anyone know what level this question is? 500? 600?

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Of concern should be only three buckets - 700 and above, 600 - 700, sub 600. This question is sub 600 (I would say more towards 450 - 500).
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25 Jan 2011, 10:20
Clearly D.
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25 Jan 2011, 20:20
D. Easy one. Clearly resolves the paradox

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D is clean
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09 Jun 2012, 02:34
Best choice is "D" as it explains the meaning .................................. n completely satisfies above written text....

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09 Jun 2012, 10:12
D sounds correct to me too..
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Over the past seven years, private college tuition rates have increased, resulting in a large decrease in private college attendance across the country. Private college revenues, however, have progressively increased in each of the seven years during this period, and researchers predict further increases in the years to come.

Which of the following, if true, offers the best explanation for the situation described above?

(D) The decrease in students attending private colleges over the last seven years has been more than offset by the increases in tuition.

I choose the correct answer by POE.

Argument evaluation: Over the last 7 years, private college tuition rates have increased => a large decrease in private college attendance
However, the Private college revenues have been still increasing each year.

There is only one explanation (to me). P (price) x N (number) = R (revenue)

P increase x N decrease = R still increase
=> the percentage of increasing P is over the percentage of decreasing N in term of balance point.

E.g: P old = 100
N old = 100
=> R old = 10.000

P new = 200
N new = 80
=> R new = 200 x 80 = 16.000

P increase 100%, N decrease 20% => choice D is the final choice.

Explanation for other wrong answers.

(A) Most private colleges increase tuition rates approximately once every two years.
The times of increase tuition rates in one or two years really does not relate to the increasing revenue's explanation. So, out of scope.
(B) Attendance at vocational schools generally exceeds attendance at private colleges in most cities.
Another out of scope answer
(C) The increase in tuition rates at private colleges has influenced many prospective students to seek a state scholarship to attend a public university.
Scholarship is still irrelevant answer
(E) Private colleges gain a larger percentage of their revenue from alumni contributions than do public universities.
The argument does not mention any comparison between the private colleges gain and public universities. Hence, out of scope
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11 Nov 2013, 11:33
D it is....
all other options are out of scope.

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Argument is saying:

Last 7 years, Tuition Fee Increased --> Attendance decreased.

Author is saying, in upcoming years fees is going to increase.

Ideally, if Attendance is decreasing, colleges should decrease their fees but we need to find something that says, no matter what their fee is going to increase.

(A) Most private colleges increase tuition rates approximately once every two years. : So what? Not inline with what we want to find.
(B) Attendance at vocational schools generally exceeds attendance at private colleges in most cities. : Vocational is OFS here
(C) The increase in tuition rates at private colleges has influenced many prospective students to seek a state scholarship to attend a public university. Then?? Why are they going to increase further? No answer.
(D) The decrease in students attending private colleges over the last seven years has been more than offset by the increases in tuition. : Awesome. So, even if 10 goes, the money lost will be recovered by the remaining students fee. CORRECT
(E) Private colleges gain a larger percentage of their revenue from alumni contributions than do public universities. : They why are they increasing the fee?
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22 Jul 2017, 10:57
zeroed down to D and E.

D is more relevant to the premise than E as D talks about decrease in attendance getting offset by a steep increase in tuition fee.

alumini contribution is little beyond the scope.

E would have been a better choice in absence of D.

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qhoc0010 wrote:
Over the past seven years, private college tuition rates have increased, resulting in a large decrease in private college attendance across the country. Private college revenues, however, have progressively increased in each of the seven years during this period, and researchers predict further increases in the years to come.

Which of the following, if true, offers the best explanation for the situation described above?

(A) Most private colleges increase tuition rates approximately once every two years.
(B) Attendance at vocational schools generally exceeds attendance at private colleges in most cities.
(C) The increase in tuition rates at private colleges has influenced many prospective students to seek a state scholarship to attend a public university.
(D) The decrease in students attending private colleges over the last seven years has been more than offset by the increases in tuition.
(E) Private colleges gain a larger percentage of their revenue from alumni contributions than do public universities.

Tuitions fees have gone up BUT attendance has gone down.
Regardless of the decrease in attendance, the revenues for private colleges has gone up progressively. And researchers say it'll happen for years to come.

A - Revenues increased yearly, and attendance dropped because of that, so tuition fees increasing every 2 years doesn't explain the situation. OUT
B - Irrelevant. OUT.
C - Irrelevant. OUT
D - Increase in tuition fees offsets any downsides of decrease in attendance. KEEP.
E - Irrelevant. OUT.

D is the answer.
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