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# Over the past seven years, private college tuition rates

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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?

(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.
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(A) Most private colleges increase tuition rates approximately once every two years.

-Increase tution once every two years does not explain why revenue increases with enrollment drops.

(B) Attendance at vocational schools generally exceeds attendance at private colleges in most cities.

-The passage does not mention the relationship between private colleges and vocational schools.

(C) The increase in tuition rates at private colleges has influenced many prospective students to seek a state scholarship to attend a public unversity.

-This one just tells us prospective students attend piblic university with scholarship and abandant provate colleges. Not helpful to explain why revenue goes up with student enrollment drops.

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

-Revenue = Price of tution x Qty of student enrolled; When price increases, quantity decreases. But it revenue still goes up, this implies the decrease in quantity is offseted/covered by the increase of price. D explains this though and would be the correct answer.

(E) Private colleges gain a larger percentage of their revenue from alumni contributions than do public universities

-Out of scope. Alumni contributions is not mentioned in the passage.

My answer is D. Correct me if wrong.

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11 Jan 2005, 15:34
OA is (D). However, I disagree with the "wording" in (D) which led to misunderstanding.

According to (D)

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

So this mean:

decrease in students attending > the offset by the increases in tuition

(offset is "noun" instead of "verb")

(D) should be like this in order to be "correct"

The decrease in students attending private colleges over the last seven years has been offset by the increases in tuition

Please correct if I am wrong.

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12 Jan 2005, 22:35
Here the "has more than offset" means increases in tuiton fees have been so great that decrease in students have not even mattered. for ex:
Production is estimated higher as an increase in the United States
more than offset a decrease in total foreign output

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To qhoc0010: This is a CR question and not SC. one should focus on the bottom line. I don't think ETS wants to trick anyone.

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15 Jan 2005, 11:04
This threw me off guards "has been more than offset by.."

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07 Sep 2008, 15:17
The decrease in students attending private colleges over the last seven years has been more than offset by the increases in tuition

If it is more than offset by the increases in tuition, then the revenues will decrease.. is that wrong?

is "less than" better?

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07 Sep 2008, 15:45
D as well but wording is funny

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07 Sep 2008, 20:51
Should be a clear D

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08 Sep 2008, 21:38
IMO D.

D clearly states that : loss from decrease in attendence < profit from increase in fees

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08 Sep 2008, 23:48
Between D and E, I went for E initially. However, after reviewing the post I realized that I had overlooked "than do public universities" in E.

Hence, E is out and D remains.

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02 Nov 2010, 06:06
clear D
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02 Nov 2010, 06:23
D.
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02 Nov 2010, 08:43
its D

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02 Nov 2010, 10:32
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02 Nov 2010, 11:38
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02 Nov 2010, 14:39
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.
This is possible but there might be a better answer..
(B) Attendance at vocational schools generally exceeds attendance at private colleges in most cities.
There is no mention of vocational school in the stimulus
(C) The increase in tuition rates at private colleges has influenced many prospective students to seek a state scholarship to attend a public university.
Better than choice A but public universities is out of the scope
(D) The decrease in students attending private colleges over the last seven years has been more than offset by the increases in tuition.
Tuition increases are causing students to not attend due to high costs. Instead of lowering the tuition the private schools have increased the cost to make up for the students not attending
(E) Private colleges gain a larger percentage of their revenue from alumni contributions than do public universities.
Out of scope

My choice is D
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02 Nov 2010, 23:45
Simple one. +1 for D

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03 Nov 2010, 02:57
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+1 D
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