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SwiftCo recently remodeled its offices to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires that certain businesses make their properties accessible to those with disabilities. Contractors built ramps where stairs had been, increased the number of handicapped parking spaces in the parking lot, lowered door knobs and cabinet handles, and installed adaptive computer equipment.

Which of the following is the most likely inference based on the statements above?


(A) SwiftCo is now in compliance with ADA requirements.

(B) SwiftCo has at least one employee or customer who uses a wheelchair.

(C) Prior to the renovation, some doors and cabinets may have been out of reach for some employees.

(D) The costs of the renovation were less than what SwiftCo would have been liable for had it been sued for ADA violations.

(E) Businesses without adaptive computer equipment are in violation of the ADA.


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Since a number of you have already tried your hand at this - I hope it's ok to put my two bits on this question.

First the question type itself!
For inference based questions remember this manthra "The answer should be ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, a HUNDRED percent true".
It can't be something that's "likely" or "probable" to happen - it has to be true to a hundred percent without a shred of doubt.
That said- if you find answers that are "probable" or are "likely" get rid of them!

According to this argument:

SwiftCo recently remodeled its offices to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
And this was done by changing a few things around the offices.

Which of the following is the most likely inference based on the statements above?

(A) Is SwiftCo in Compliance with ADA requirements? Perhaps they might have missed out a few criteria expected of ADA (like building separate washrooms perhaps!) - This option isn't a 100% true - ELIMINATE

(B) Maybe SwiftCo has at least one employee or customer who uses a wheelchair. maybe they don't! We can't be a 100% sure about this - ELIMINATE!

(C) Notice the language here - "May have been..." this kind of language is generally a quality of a correct option (for inference based questions) This option is definitely true since if they had to remodel their door / knobs - obviously these doors were out of reach!

(D) We know nothing about the liabilities if sued or about how much this renovation cost- cant infer this: ELIMINATE

(E) Businesses without adaptive computer equipment are in violation of the ADA. This sounds possible - but think about it : perhaps Adaptive computer equipment is required only in some kind of offices. For instance in a library we may require books / labelling in braille - but a movie theatre (which doesn't house any books) that doesn't have braille labelling may not be in violation of ADA!
Therefore "adaptive computer equipments" may be specific to certain kind of offices and might not be required in others.

Option E therefore isn't a 100% true. ELIMINATE!


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I'm not a huge fan of this question. Usually Veritas has good material, but I think they dropped the ball on this one.

The correct answer for an inference question ("must be true", "inferred", "supported by the statements above", etc.) on the GMAT will always have 2 characteristics. It will be the most likely to be true with the fewest added assumptions, and it will be at least tangentially supported by the provided facts (but not directly stated).

Answer C tells us that "SOME doors and cabinets MAY have been..." This is so broadly worded that, absent specific contradictory evidence, it must be true. The GMAT rarely does this (I cannot find any official questions that do so), so, while this complete uncertainty makes it most likely to be true, there is no supporting evidence in the paragraph. That the company remodeled to come into compliance says nothing about the employees (in fact, maybe it is the customers). That there is no such evidence obviously removes B from contention, but the only difference (and why we must keep C and eliminate B) is that B isn't as broadly worded because it doesn't say "SwiftCo MIGHT have at least...". We might as well provide an answer that says "1+1=2", since it must also be true under normal circumstances (counting in base 10, etc.). The problem with that is that the question itself says "based on the statements above". C isn't based on anything since we know nothing about the employees.

If you do see an answer on the GMAT that seems like it must always be true, even without the provided facts, then chances are you are adding your own information, so be careful. For example, answer D for question #26 in OG13 says "A polygraph test indicating that an examinee is untruthful can sometimes be mistaken". The fact that this is possible and that you might believe it in real life doesn't make this the answer. Instead, it is wrong because it has no supporting information in the passage.

C would be a better answer if it was so ridiculously broad and if the passage provided something else related to it.

In general, be careful about relying too much on non-official questions. Most of them aren't as carefully tested as those that have appeared on the GMAT and they often stray slightly from normal GMAT tendencies.
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Don't like this question. Well ok C is a correct choice. So does C mean that SwiftCo must remodel its office only because some rooms are out of reach by some people? Well why SwiftCo can't remodel for any other reason? For example as in D. If costs to remodel are less that potential suit then it makes sense to comply with ADA. Any ideas?
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Hey all!
Since a number of you have already tried your hand at this - I hope it's ok to put my two bits on this question.

First the question type itself!
For inference based questions remember this manthra "The answer should be ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, a HUNDRED percent true".
It can't be something that's "likely" or "probable" to happen - it has to be true to a hundred percent without a shred of doubt.
That said- if you find answers that are "probable" or are "likely" get rid of them!

According to this argument:

SwiftCo recently remodeled its offices to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
And this was done by changing a few things around the offices.

Which of the following is the most likely inference based on the statements above?

(A) Is SwiftCo in Compliance with ADA requirements? Perhaps they might have missed out a few criteria expected of ADA (like building separate washrooms perhaps!) - This option isn't a 100% true - ELIMINATE

(B) Maybe SwiftCo has at least one employee or customer who uses a wheelchair. maybe they don't! We can't be a 100% sure about this - ELIMINATE!

(C) Notice the language here - "May have been..." this kind of language is generally a quality of a correct option (for inference based questions) This option is definitely true since if they had to remodel their door / knobs - obviously these doors were out of reach!

(D) We know nothing about the liabilities if sued or about how much this renovation cost- cant infer this: ELIMINATE

(E) Businesses without adaptive computer equipment are in violation of the ADA. This sounds possible - but think about it : perhaps Adaptive computer equipment is required only in some kind of offices. For instance in a library we may require books / labelling in braille - but a movie theatre (which doesn't house any books) that doesn't have braille labelling may not be in violation of ADA!
Therefore "adaptive computer equipments" may be specific to certain kind of offices and might not be required in others.

Option E therefore isn't a 100% true. ELIMINATE!


Hope that made sense! :)

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I'm a little peeved because you're selecting C as the right answer for the wrong reason, although your other rationales are correct. You cannot make the claim that you did ("This option is definitely true since if they had to remodel their door / knobs - obviously these doors were out of reach!") for choice C.

In fact, you have no idea if these were out of reach for ANYONE at all. Choice C is purely correct because of its ambiguous wording aka "may be" because that can also suggest that nobody was affected by the changes.

I would expect more from a verbal tutor with such a high verbal score.

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Why the answer can't be A too? Thank you
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Why the answer can't be A too? Thank you


hi apple08, i'd be happy to help. Admittedly, I don't think this question was written well at all in the slightest, but here is what I made out of it:

As for why A can be ruled out:
It is noted that the contractors made these changes to comply with ADA guidelines, but we cannot conclude that the company did EVERYTHING required for them to meet compliance with ADA guidelines. This a very subtle distinction. Perhaps, even though everything that they did were in an effort to comply ti ADA guidelines, they still only ended up meeting 75% of the total compliance requirements.

Basically, just because the company made some changes to comply with their standards does not mean they DID EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO MEET COMPLIANCE.

Hope this helps!
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A tricky one, though if you reflect it carefully, it's quite straight-forward.

(A) SwiftCo is now in compliance with ADA requirements.
(B) SwiftCo has at least one employee or customer who uses a wheelchair.
(C) Prior to the renovation, some doors and cabinets may have been out of reach for some employees.
(D) The costs of the renovation were less than what SwiftCo would have been liable for had it been sued for ADA violations.
(E) Businesses without adaptive computer equipment are in violation of the ADA.

First, (A), (B) and (D) are out of scope. There is no mention whether SwiftCo is now in compliance, whether they have employees/customers in wheelchairs or should just comply with ADA or the costs were less.

Then, between (C) and (E) it get's a bit more complicated. IMO, the language makes the difference. (C) offers a much more diplomatic and vague way of phrasing that some door knobs may have been out of reach (pay attention to "some" and "may"). On the contrary, (E) is very definitive by using "are", while both door knobs and computer equipment are mentioned to have been part of the renovation.

That's why I'd always prefer (C).
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Can some explain why the answer can't be E ?
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SwiftCo recently remodeled its offices to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires that certain businesses make their properties accessible to those with disabilities. Contractors built ramps where stairs had been, increased the number of handicapped parking spaces in the parking lot, lowered door knobs and cabinet handles, and installed adaptive computer equipment.

Which of the following is the most likely inference based on the statements above?

(A) SwiftCo is now in compliance with ADA requirements.

(B) SwiftCo has at least one employee or customer who uses a wheelchair.

(C) Prior to the renovation, some doors and cabinets may have been out of reach for some employees.

(D) The costs of the renovation were less than what SwiftCo would have been liable for had it been sued for ADA violations.

(E) Businesses without adaptive computer equipment are in violation of the ADA.

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Swiftco may not comply with all ADA requirements; it may still need to comply with other requirements.

You can infer C, however, because if Swiftco did these works in order to comply with the requirements, then the works were necessary - some doors and cabinets may have been out of reach for some employees.
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Don't like this question. Well ok C is a correct choice. So does C mean that SwiftCo must remodel its office only because some rooms are out of reach by some people? Well why SwiftCo can't remodel for any other reason? For example as in D. If costs to remodel are less that potential suit then it makes sense to comply with ADA. Any ideas?


The stimulus states: "SwiftCo recently remodeled its offices to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)"
So the works have that purpose.
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Can some explain why the answer can't be E ?


(E) Businesses without adaptive computer equipment are in violation of the ADA.

A business may not have any computer equipment, so it would not be in violation of the ADA.
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