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# The common perception that a two-year degree is worth less than a cred

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09 Jan 2018, 23:53
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The common perception that a two-year degree is worth less than a credential from a four-year college is disproved by the recent data published by the government. The data shows that the average first-year salaries of graduates with a two-year degree are \$1,000 higher than those with a four year degree. Also considering that students with a two year degree earn for two more years than students with four year degrees, it is in the economic interests of the students to pursue two-year degrees rather than four year degrees.

Which of the following option statements would help the most to evaluate the given argument?

A A comparison of the proportion of students who graduate from a two year college and who remain unemployed in the first year after graduation with the corresponding figure for four year colleges.

B A comparison of data pertaining to the growth in earnings over years for graduates from two year colleges and for graduates from four year colleges.

C A comparison of data pertaining to the highest salaries paid to the graduates from four year colleges and graduates from two year colleges.

D A comparison of data pertaining to the average savings made by graduates from four year colleges and those made by graduates from two year colleges.

E A comparison of the total number of graduates from two year colleges and from four year colleges in the last one year.

I think this question is playing words. Clearly, the conclusion wants to talk about "the worth of 2-year degree vs that of 4-year degree". The value here is quite ambiguous; it is not clear whether the value of a degree all comes down to the salary, or the job opportunity.

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10 Jan 2018, 08:55
Tough question.I think A) is not relevant here because we can assume that the averages account for unemployment in the first year salary part.I see no other way to eliminate A).If there is someother way can somebody please tell...
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10 Jan 2018, 09:14
redskull wrote:
Tough question.I think A) is not relevant here because we can assume that the averages account for unemployment in the first year salary part.I see no other way to eliminate A).If there is someother way can somebody please tell...

I believe "the economic interests" is the key word here. Nevertheless, the last sentence does not seem like a conclusion to me; there is no key transition words that indicate"the economic interests" as a premise.
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10 Jan 2018, 10:36
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chesstitans wrote:
redskull wrote:
Tough question.I think A) is not relevant here because we can assume that the averages account for unemployment in the first year salary part.I see no other way to eliminate A).If there is someother way can somebody please tell...

I believe "the economic interests" is the key word here. Nevertheless, the last sentence does not seem like a conclusion to me; there is no key transition words that indicate"the economic interests" as a premise.

I think it is ok to assume "not working" as a part of economic interests.Not earning salary does impact the economic interests I feel.

cheers...

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