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# QOTD: Ski Resort Board Member: The free skier safety

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Ski Resort Board Member: The free skier safety courses that have been offered by the resort for the past ten years must be improved or eliminated. The courses, which are designed to encourage safe skiing and reduce the risk of collisions and injuries, have always been free, highly publicized, and offered at various times throughout the week to accommodate a wide variety of scheduling needs. Despite this admirable initiative, a study shows that, during the past 10 years, skiers who completed the course were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course. The resort wastes thousands of dollars each week running these ineffective courses.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the board member's argument depends?

(A) The skier safety courses could be improved without substantially increasing the program's budget.
(B) There are other methods besides offering skier safety courses that are more effective in reducing the risk of skier collisions and injuries.
(C) Skiers who completed the course are no less likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course.
(D) There is no way to reduce the current costs of running the mountain safety courses.
(E) Even though the courses are free, most skiers would prefer not to spend their time attending a safety course.

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11 Jul 2017, 12:14
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Here's another assumption question, so let's start by identifying the conclusion, exactly in the author's own words: "The free skier safety courses that have been offered by the resort for the past ten years must be improved or eliminated."

At first glance, the last sentence might seem like the conclusion. After all, it's at the end of the passage and sure looks like a conclusion. In these situations, it can be helpful to ask yourself, "What is the author trying to do with this passage?" Does the author simply want to reader to think that resort wastes thousands of dollars each week running these ineffective courses? Or does the author want the reader to believe that the courses should be improved or eliminated?

Notice that the last sentence SUPPORTS the first sentence: The resort wastes thousands of dollars running these ineffective courses; THEREFORE, the courses should be improved or eliminated. That makes more sense than: The courses should be improved or eliminated; THEREFORE, the resort wastes thousands of dollars running the courses. The first sentence does not SUPPORT the last sentence.

What other evidence is presented to support the conclusion?

• First, we are given some background information describing the courses: They "are designed to encourage safe skiing and reduce the risk of collisions and injuries."
• The courses "have always been free, highly publicized, and offered at various times throughout the week to accommodate a wide variety of scheduling needs." This evidence suggests that it is unlikely that skiers did not attend the courses because the skiers did not want to pay for the courses, because the skiers did not know about the courses, or because the skiers had scheduling conflicts.
• "Skiers who completed the course were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course." - this seems to suggest that the courses are not effective.
• "The resort wastes thousands of dollars each week running these ineffective courses." - If the courses are ineffective, as suggested by the previous sentence, then that money would surely be a waste. Therefore, the courses should be improved or eliminated.

Now that we understand the structure of the author's argument, which of the answer choices is an assumption on which the argument depends?

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(A) The skier safety courses could be improved without substantially increasing the program's budget.

The author simply concludes that the courses must be improved or eliminated, without suggesting how the courses could be improved or how the resort would pay for such improvements. (A) can be eliminated.

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(B) There are other methods besides offering skier safety courses that are more effective in reducing the risk of skier collisions and injuries.

It's possible that there is NO other method that is more effective in reducing the risk of skier collisions and injuries than the courses that are currently offered. If those courses are the MOST effective method and they are not effective, then this further supports the author's conclusion that the courses must be improved or eliminated. (B) is not a necessary assumption and can be eliminated.

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(C) Skiers who completed the course are no less likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course.

The following sentence seemed to suggest that the courses are ineffective: "Skiers who completed the course (Group A) were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course (Group B)." But perhaps the skiers who did complete the course (Group A) would have been MORE likely to be involved in a collision if they had not taken the courses. In other words, without the course, skiers in Group A might have been MORE likely to be involved in a collision than skiers in Group B. However, thanks to the courses, Group A skiers are now only just as likely to be involved in a collision as Group B skiers. This is evidence that the courses ARE effective and disrupts the author's logic. Choice (C) represents a necessary assumption, so let's keep it.

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(D) There is no way to reduce the current costs of running the mountain safety courses.

Even if the costs were reduced, the author's argument would still hold. If the courses do not make any difference to skier safety, why should the resort spend ANY money on them? (D) is not a necessary assumption and can be eliminated.

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(E) Even though the courses are free, most skiers would prefer not to spend their time attending a safety course.

This assumption would actually hurt the author's argument. If this statement is true, it would be evidence that skiers are simply not attending the courses. In that case, the author's evidence would be irrelevant and we wouldn't know whether the courses are effective. Perhaps the resort simply needs to offer incentives to encourage skiers to attend the courses. (E) can be eliminated.

(C) is the best choice.
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Ski Resort Board Member: The free skier safety courses that have been offered by the resort for the past ten years must be improved or eliminated. The courses, which are designed to encourage safe skiing and reduce the risk of collisions and injuries, have always been free, highly publicised, and offered at various times throughout the week to accommodate a wide variety of scheduling needs. Despite this admirable initiative, a study shows that, during the past 10 years, skiers who completed the course were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course. The resort wastes thousands of dollars each week running these ineffective courses.

The argument can be broken down as follows:
Premise: (Background information) - The courses, which are designed to encourage safe skiing and reduce the risk of collisions and injuries, have always been free, highly publicised, and offered at various times throughout the week to accommodate a wide variety of scheduling needs.
Premise 1: (Supporting conclusion) - Despite this admirable initiative, a study shows that, during the past 10 years, skiers who completed the course were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course.
Premise 2: (Supporting conclusion) - The resort wastes thousands of dollars each week running these ineffective courses.

Conclusion: The free skier safety courses that have been offered by the resort for the past ten years must be improved or eliminated.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the board member's argument depends?

(A) The skier safety courses could be improved without substantially increasing the program's budget. -Irrelevant. The conclusion is that the course should either be suspended or improved. The premise doesn't say that the course can't be improved. This is just a stated fact.
(B) There are other methods besides offering skier safety courses that are more effective in reducing the risk of skier collisions and injuries. -Irrelevant. The premise doesn't say that there aren't any other more safer methods than this free course. This is just a stated fact.
(C) Skiers who completed the course are no less likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course. -CORRECT. This shows that the course isn't meeting its true purpose. Also, negating the option as "Skiers who completed the course are no less likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course" weakens the conclusion. This is definitely a good choice.
(D) There is no way to reduce the current costs of running the mountain safety courses. -Irrelevant. We are not worried about reducing the mountain costs.
(E) Even though the courses are free, most skiers would prefer not to spend their time attending a safety course. -Irrelevant. We are not worried about the skiers' preferences. Also, even though if this statement is true, it would act as a weakener, since the skiers think the course is useless. This definitely can't be the assumption.

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11 Jul 2017, 19:51
The argument assumes that people who had been given training are also getting involved in collisions compared to people who are not going though the programs. So it basically says that the program is not adding any value and hence should be eliminated or improved.

Option C states just that and hence is the correct choice

Ski Resort Board Member: The free skier safety courses that have been offered by the resort for the past ten years must be improved or eliminated. The courses, which are designed to encourage safe skiing and reduce the risk of collisions and injuries, have always been free, highly publicized, and offered at various times throughout the week to accommodate a wide variety of scheduling needs. Despite this admirable initiative, a study shows that, during the past 10 years, skiers who completed the course were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course. The resort wastes thousands of dollars each week running these ineffective courses.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the board member's argument depends?

(A) The skier safety courses could be improved without substantially increasing the program's budget.
(B) There are other methods besides offering skier safety courses that are more effective in reducing the risk of skier collisions and injuries.
(C) Skiers who completed the course are no less likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course.
(D) There is no way to reduce the current costs of running the mountain safety courses.
(E) Even though the courses are free, most skiers would prefer not to spend their time attending a safety course.
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11 Jul 2017, 21:10
Contents of Option C are already in passage.

can C be the answer choice?

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11 Jul 2017, 22:33
In the premise, the comparison is between the two groups of the study and answer choice C, compares the people who completed the training with the same people had they not completed the training. Hence C is correct IMHO

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12 Jul 2017, 01:39
Ashokshiva wrote:
Contents of Option C are already in passage.

can C be the answer choice?

Awaitning OA

I am no expert, but let me give it a shot.

I concur with your observation but the statement is not exactly worded the way it is in premise.
Although it means the same, the statement if negated will weaken the argument. Also, no other option is relevant in our scenario.

Therefore, option "C" is the only viable solution here.

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12 Jul 2017, 07:07
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Ashokshiva wrote:
Contents of Option C are already in passage.

can C be the answer choice?

Awaitning OA

OA is C.
Let me try too:

This is what passage says:
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skiers who completed the course were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course

This is what C says:
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Skiers who completed the course are no less likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course.

Difference:
Passage says that Skiers who completed the course were just as likely to be involved in collision as skiers who did not complete the course. Author assumes that even if only skiers who completed the course are allowed to ski, then too collisions would happen. This leads author to conclude the course is ineffective.

Another point:
For assumption questions try negating the answer choice (and say "then what?"), in a way assumption should help/support the passage
Lets do that:
(A) The skier safety courses could not be improved without substantially increasing the program's budget. Then what? Author says we are already wasting thousands of dollars. This can't be his point. This answer choice should be discarded immediately
(B) There are no other methods besides offering skier safety courses that are more effective in reducing the risk of skier collisions and injuries. So what? What are anyways discussing about the course in subject
(C) Skiers who completed the course are noless likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course.Oh. If they are less likely to get involved in a collision after the course, then the course is not ineffective. The negation is weakening the conclusion.
This is it. But lets see other answers too

(D) There is no a way to reduce the current costs of running the mountain safety courses.But it is still ineffective according to the author.
And reducing costs will still can't make it effective!

(E) Even though the courses are free, most skiers would prefer notto spend their time attending a safety course.This answer choice should be immediately discarded without taking effort to negate. Skiers prefer or not doesn't make the course less or more effective.

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12 Jul 2017, 22:56
I guess my takeaway from this is that the answer to an assumption question can simply be something paraphrased in the original text.

Would that be correct?
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I guess my takeaway from this is that the answer to an assumption question can simply be something paraphrased in the original text.

Would that be correct?

No!
What you are talking about is true for inference question, not for Assumption. Inference answers paraphrases one or more sentences from the argument.
Assumption answers must provide new information.
For the discussed question, Option C does provide new information. Look for it.
And assumption answers have power of negation test, which doesn't affect Inference questions.

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29 Jul 2017, 03:33
Hi GMATNinja

Can you elaborate option (B). Your this text made me bit crazy
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If those courses are the MOST effective method and they are not effective,

How can both simultaneously exist at same time?

Also in actual GMAT, we won't get two contrasting options as in (C) We will get only
one answer to break the conclusion when negated the option. Correct?
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right, the answer is C b/c negate C, the conclusion that "courses must be improved..." no longer holds true.
A is only a strengthener.
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GMATNinja wrote:

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(C) Skiers who completed the course are no less likely to be involved in a collision than they would have been if they had not completed the course.

The following sentence seemed to suggest that the courses are ineffective: "Skiers who completed the course (Group A) were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course (Group B)." But perhaps the skiers who did complete the course (Group A) would have been MORE likely to be involved in a collision if they had not taken the courses. In other words, without the course, skiers in Group A might have been MORE likely to be involved in a collision than skiers in Group B. However, thanks to the courses, Group A skiers are now only just as likely to be involved in a collision as Group B skiers. This is evidence that the courses ARE effective and disrupts the author's logic. Choice (C) represents a necessary assumption, so let's keep it.
(C) is the best choice.

I fundamentally disagree with this explanation. Arbitrarily the skiers who take the course, and skiers who do not take the course are grouped into group A and group B. It must be noted, that before group A actually takes the course, group A and B are identical (in the fact neither have taken the course).

The passage explicitly states that research had been conducted which found that both skiers who did not take the course (group A) and skiers who did take the course (group B) have the same likelihood of getting into an accident. The research is presented as fact.

To say, group A potentially has a larger likelihood of getting into an accident is illogical given the information. If group A did not take the course then they would belong to group B. But the passage already explains group A has the SAME likelihood of getting into an accident as group B. Thus the assumption if the skiers who would have taken the course, did not, would get into more accidents, contradicts exactly what the passage says.
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28 Oct 2017, 06:27
When i first read option C , i felt that the same information is given in the CR .
i may be wrong at my judgement , but it is a sub standard question .
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I fundamentally disagree with this explanation. Arbitrarily the skiers who take the course, and skiers who do not take the course are grouped into group A and group B. It must be noted, that before group A actually takes the course, group A and B are identical (in the fact neither have taken the course).

The passage explicitly states that research had been conducted which found that both skiers who did not take the course (group A) and skiers who did take the course (group B) have the same likelihood of getting into an accident. The research is presented as fact.

To say, group A potentially has a larger likelihood of getting into an accident is illogical given the information. If group A did not take the course then they would belong to group B. But the passage already explains group A has the SAME likelihood of getting into an accident as group B. Thus the assumption if the skiers who would have taken the course, did not, would get into more accidents, contradicts exactly what the passage says.

The passage says that AFTER completing the course, skiers who COMPLETED the course (group B) were just as likely to be involved in a collision as skiers who did not complete the course (group B).

The passage does NOT say that the two groups had the same likelihood BEFORE group B completed the course. Thus, it would not contradict the passage to say that group B was more likely to be involved in an accident before taking the course. For example, imagine that the ski patrol forced any skier who was involved in an accident or who was caught doing something dangerous (i.e. riding at excessive speeds) to take the course. In other words, perhaps the only people who take the course are people who are more dangerous in the first place. So before the course, group B's odds of collision may have been well above average and now, thanks to the course, their odds are average.
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