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# The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher

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08 Oct 2015, 05:11
techyrajeev wrote:
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.
To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of the following characteristics?
(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college
(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college
(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions
(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college
(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school

I could not understand the reasoning behind the answer.

this question has nothing to do with calculations or anything of that sort.
If there are a particular number of students in a class(obviously only 2 groups- boys and girls) , then the number of girls in the class depends on the
number of boys, and vice versa. Now since we are concerned with only one age group (20-21) , Option D is the clear winner.

Time taken should be around 30-40 sec.

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08 Oct 2015, 05:42
rohan89 wrote:
techyrajeev wrote:
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.
To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of the following characteristics?
(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college
(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college
(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions
(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college
(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school

I could not understand the reasoning behind the answer.

this question has nothing to do with calculations or anything of that sort.
If there are a particular number of students in a class(obviously only 2 groups- boys and girls) , then the number of girls in the class depends on the
number of boys, and vice versa. Now since we are concerned with only one age group (20-21) , Option D is the clear winner.

Time taken should be around 30-40 sec.

Thanks,
rohan

read the premise again, 11% of the (women btn 20-21 yrs) were enrolled in college, so remaining 89% of the (women btn 20-21 yrs) weren't enrolled
get the trick buddy
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21 Nov 2015, 12:15
what we are evaluating is whether the proportion of women among students enrolled has increased over the past decades. To know that proportion, we need the number of men among students enrolled and the number of women among students enrolled.

the number of women among students enrolled is given by the premises. So we are only missing the number of men among students enrolled, which is given by option D.
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11 Apr 2016, 13:42
to answer this question correctly we must have information on percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one enrolled in college in the two period of 1959 and 1981.if the percentage of men dropped then surely the percentage enrollment of females is going to increase
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29 Apr 2017, 03:02
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.
The proportion of women of age 20-21 has increased from 1950s to 1980s to evaluate this we need ratio or percentage of men .There ic chance that number of men enrolled decreased.
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15 Jul 2017, 11:10
Merged topics. Please, search before posting questions!
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18 Jan 2018, 11:50
mojorising800 wrote:
SudiptoGmat wrote:
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the
past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and
twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one
were enrolled in college.
To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of
the following characteristics?
(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in collegeComparison is b/w the women among the students enrolled and the men among the students enrolled.Those who do did not enroll are irrelevant to the argument.
(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from collegeAge group changed.hence not comapring parallel things
(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professionsirrelevant
(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in collegeThis can clearly evaluate whether the proportion has increased or is it an assumption.
(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school.% of men who graduated is nt the issue.The matter of question is the students who enrolled.

To compare the proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs it would be best to compare 1959 to 1981 wiht regard to the number of men among the students.

My reasoning is this - the question speaks of proportion, and so I looked that word up and it said that proportion means comparison between similar items based on measurement or size of different parts of a whole.
Hence, I chose 'D', since women from an age group can be compared with men in that same age group (if we are talking of proportion).
I may be wrong though. Please comment.
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