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The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public

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The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools was 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985. Despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations, however, Newtown did not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

(A) Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school.

(B) New housing developments planned for Newtown are slated for occupancy in 1997 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public schools by 12 percent.

(C) The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.

(D) Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced fewer graduates in 1994 than in 1993.

(E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.

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PLZ ELABORATE MORE ,IF POSSIBLE...


Hi Rohit,

I'll try to explain. Lets start with understanding the argument step by step

Let The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools be N.

N was 5.7(avg to 5%) percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and
5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985.

Despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations,
however, Newtown did not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

let us take the nearby integer values of both 5.7 and 5.9 as 6.
let the % of N in 1985 be 10

explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

Even though the percentage 6% lower in comparison with that of another year 1985
the actual value is above the requirement. Therefore no shortage.


let us say
we have 100 vacancies and we got 140 applications in 1993
whereas we may have got 150 applications in 1985.

this number of applications 140(1993) is 6% lower than 150(1985)

Thus,
even though we got less no of application in 1990's we never faced any shortage since we always had excess no matter what.

Online option E correlates with our pre-line thinking which says

"E. In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available."

I hope this helps :-D
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The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools was 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985. Despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations, however, Newtown did not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s. [b]Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

A. Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school. Out of scope

B. New housing developments planned for Newtown are slated for occupancy in 1997 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public schools by 12 percent.Out of scope

C. The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.Out of scope

D. Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced fewer graduates in 1994 than in 1993.Out of scope

E. In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.
(Even though the percentage is lower in comparision with that of another year, the actual value is above the requirement. Therefore no shortage.)
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New post 06 Sep 2015, 19:55
typical trap question ... always remember such questions with numbers.

100 and 200
10% of 100 = 10
5% increase in 200 = 10
even though percentage decreased by number actually double. So in such cases the assumption is numbers are same then only make the correct comparison. E straight.
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sudhirmadaan wrote:
typical trap question ... always remember such questions with numbers.

100 and 200
10% of 100 = 10
5% increase in 200 = 10
even though percentage decreased by number actually double. So in such cases the assumption is numbers are same then only make the correct comparison. E straight.



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The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools was 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985. Despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations, however, Newtown did not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

(A) Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school.

(B) New housing developments planned for Newtown are slated for occupancy in 1997 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public schools by 12 percent.

(C) The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.

(D) Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced fewer graduates in 1994 than in 1993.

(E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.


Hi All,

I maybe naive in asking this question - But Option E doesn't say that Newton's School filled all the available position after receiving the Applications. It just says that Newton's School received 40% more Applications than available positions.
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