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The large increase in applicants to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, are effecting standards of admission at all but the top-tier schools.

A. applicants to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, are effecting
B. applicants to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and laying off of workers, are effecting
C. the number of people applying to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, have effected
D. the number of people applying to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, is effecting
E. the number of people applying to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, is affecting
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The large increase in applicants to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, are effecting standards of admission at all but the top-tier schools.

A. applicants to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, are effecting
B. applicants to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and laying off of workers, are effecting
C. the number of people applying to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, have effected
D. the number of people applying to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, is effecting
E. the number of people applying to graduate school last year, caused in part by the declining economy, downsizing, and layoffs, is affecting

Correct answer must be (E) for the highlighted errors in other options...
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Options A, B, and C are out because of the usage of "are" and "have".

Between options D & E, it boils down to these two words - "Affect" and "Effect".

"Affect" -- To make an impact. Ex. "His bad preparation will affect his GMAT score."
"Effect" -- Result of an action. Ex. "Effect of his bad preparation was visible in GMAT score."

Thus, with the intended meaning of the stimulus, option E is right.
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