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# The Middlebury school district has a statewide reputation fo

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The Middlebury school district has a statewide reputation for excellence, and so every teacher in the district constantly aims to be a demanding teacher. Each teacher assigns harder homework to their classes than that assigned by the same class's teachers during the previous year. The students, therefore, unfortunately spend more time completing their homework than they did the previous year, to the point where high school seniors spend all of their time outside of school completing their homework, and have little time left over for extra-curricular activities.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that
A) the teachers in the Middlebury School District should assign homework to students that is no more difficult than the most difficult homework they received the previous year.
B) the teachers in the Middlebury School District should be recognized for being as demanding as they are.
C) it is more important for a student in the Middlebury School District to complete their homework when they are a senior than when they are in first grade.
D) the scholastic abilities of the students in the Middlebury School District do not improve enough each year to allow them to complete their homework assignments in the same amount of time as was required for the year before.
E) some students in the Middlebury School District are more concerned with completing their homework assignments than with participating in extra-curricular activities.

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07 Jan 2014, 15:07
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The Middlebury school district has a statewide reputation for excellence, and so every teacher in the district constantly aims to be a demanding teacher. Each teacher assigns harder homework to their classes than that assigned by the same class's teachers during the previous year. The students, therefore, unfortunately spend more time completing their homework than they did the previous year, to the point where high school seniors spend all of their time outside of school completing their homework, and have little time left over for extra-curricular activities.

Dear Sanjoo,
I'm happy to respond.

This prompt argument contains a notable grammatical mistake --- to the point where high school seniors spent ... This would never be acceptable on the GMAT SC. The GMAT SC only accepts use of "where" for physical locations. On the real GMAT, all the sentence in the RC & CR adhere to the high quality of grammar & usage tested in the SC section. This question falls short of that standard.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that
A) the teachers in the Middlebury School District should assign homework to students that is no more difficult than the most difficult homework they received the previous year.
This contains a proscriptive statement, with the word "should" --- the argument is descriptive, not proscriptive. This is not correct.

B) the teachers in the Middlebury School District should be recognized for being as demanding as they are.
Another proscriptive statement: not appropriate for the descriptive argument. This is not correct.

C) it is more important for a student in the Middlebury School District to complete their homework when they are a senior than when they are in first grade.
Hmmm. There is nothing in the argument that suggests that some student complete their HW and others do not. One gets the sense that everyone completes their HW, but it just takes the seniors much longer to do so. This is incorrect.

D) the scholastic abilities of the students in the Middlebury School District do not improve enough each year to allow them to complete their homework assignments in the same amount of time as was required for the year before.
Aha! If their academic abilities each year improved so the students could complete the more difficult HW in the same amount of time, then the time intervals would not be increasing from year to year. Negating this destroys the argument, so this is a valid assumption.

E) some students in the Middlebury School District are more concerned with completing their homework assignments than with participating in extra-curricular activities.
We don't know what students would like to do. Perhaps some student would be more concerned with extra-curriculars, but the demanding academic environment does not allow them the opportunity to pursue those extra-curriculars. The phrase "more concerned with" is a wonderful vague phrase that doesn't necessarily imply any specific actions. This is incorrect.

The only tenable answer is (D).

http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3140

Does this make sense?
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11 Jan 2014, 08:11
I got this question in Kaplan free online mock test. The correct answer is D.
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03 Aug 2017, 08:58
sanjoo wrote:
The Middlebury school district has a statewide reputation for excellence, and so every teacher in the district constantly aims to be a demanding teacher. Each teacher assigns harder homework to their classes than that assigned by the same class's teachers during the previous year. The students, therefore, unfortunately spend more time completing their homework than they did the previous year, to the point where high school seniors spend all of their time outside of school completing their homework, and have little time left over for extra-curricular activities.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that
A) the teachers in the Middlebury School District should assign homework to students that is no more difficult than the most difficult homework they received the previous year.
B) the teachers in the Middlebury School District should be recognized for being as demanding as they are.
C) it is more important for a student in the Middlebury School District to complete their homework when they are a senior than when they are in first grade.
D) the scholastic abilities of the students in the Middlebury School District do not improve enough each year to allow them to complete their homework assignments in the same amount of time as was required for the year before.
E) some students in the Middlebury School District are more concerned with completing their homework assignments than with participating in extra-curricular activities.

The only possible answer is D

The argument mentions that students are not finding time to take part in extracurricular activities as they are busy completing their homework .
They get harder homework as each passing year .

D gives us a reason why the students are finding no time for the extracurricular activities as they are taking much longer to finish the homework because they have not improved their abilities.

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