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# To earn a graduate equivalency diploma, a student must pass tests on

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To earn a graduate equivalency diploma, a student must pass tests on subjects taught in high schools, proving that he or she has mastered them to the degree assumed of a high-school graduate. It makes sense for a student to drop out of high school and earn a GED. A GED takes much less time to earn than a high-school diploma and provides evidence that the student has learned everything he or she would have learned in high school.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Some GED-prep programs incorporate enrichment activities into their test preparation, such as taking students to art exhibits and theatrical performances.

(B) Most colleges and universities consider a GED equivalent to a high-school degree for admission purposes.

(C) Many successful businesspeople dropped out of high school and earned a GED.

(D) Employers assume that high-school graduates generally have a much higher level of mastery of academic subjects than those who earn GEDs.

(E) Many GED students are slightly older than high-school students, and they often hold jobs in addition to studying to pass the GED tests.

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15 Feb 2019, 08:27
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Bunuel wrote:
To earn a graduate equivalency diploma, a student must pass tests on subjects taught in high schools, proving that he or she has mastered them to the degree assumed of a high-school graduate. It makes sense for a student to drop out of high school and earn a GED. A GED takes much less time to earn than a high-school diploma and provides evidence that the student has learned everything he or she would have learned in high school.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Some GED-prep programs incorporate enrichment activities into their test preparation, such as taking students to art exhibits and theatrical performances

(B) Most colleges and universities consider a GED equivalent to a high-school degree for admission purposes.

(C) Many successful businesspeople dropped out of high school and earned a GED.

(D) Employers assume that high-school graduates generally have a much higher level of mastery of academic subjects than those who earn GEDs.

(E) Many GED students are slightly older than high-school students, and they often hold jobs in addition to studying to pass the GED tests.

The correct answer option IMO is D.
Conclusion - It makes sense for a student to drop out of high school and earn a GED.

The correct answer option should convince us that it does not make sense for a student to drop out of high school and earn a GED.

Option analysis
(A) Some GED-prep programs incorporate enrichment activities into their test preparation, such as taking students to art exhibits and theatrical performances
Does not impact the conclusion. It rather strengthens it.

(B) Most colleges and universities consider a GED equivalent to a high-school degree for admission purposes.
Strengthens the conclusion

(C) Many successful businesspeople dropped out of high school and earned a GED.
Strengthens the conclusion

(D) Employers assume that high-school graduates generally have a much higher level of mastery of academic subjects than those who earn GEDs.
If employers don't regard GED as a high school equivalent then it does not make sense to pursue GED.

(E) Many GED students are slightly older than high-school students, and they often hold jobs in addition to studying to pass the GED tests.
Neither strengthen nor weaken.
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27 Feb 2019, 04:15
Bunuel wrote:
To earn a graduate equivalency diploma, a student must pass tests on subjects taught in high schools, proving that he or she has mastered them to the degree assumed of a high-school graduate. It makes sense for a student to drop out of high school and earn a GED. A GED takes much less time to earn than a high-school diploma and provides evidence that the student has learned everything he or she would have learned in high school.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) Some GED-prep programs incorporate enrichment activities into their test preparation, such as taking students to art exhibits and theatrical performances.

(B) Most colleges and universities consider a GED equivalent to a high-school degree for admission purposes.

(C) Many successful businesspeople dropped out of high school and earned a GED.

(D) Employers assume that high-school graduates generally have a much higher level of mastery of academic subjects than those who earn GEDs.

(E) Many GED students are slightly older than high-school students, and they often hold jobs in addition to studying to pass the GED tests.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

D. Employers assume that high-school graduates generally have a much higher level of mastery of academic subjects than those who earn GEDs.

The argument suggests that a GED is just as good as a high-school education; look for an answer that contradicts that. Choice (A) doesn’t work. You don’t want evidence showing the benefits of earning GEDs. Choice (B) doesn’t pose a problem. If universities accept GEDs, that’s more evidence that they’re as good as diplomas. Choice (C) actually strengthens the argument. Choice (D) does weaken it. If a GED might put one at a disadvantage in the job market, that’s a reason to stay in school. Choice (E) doesn’t strengthen or weaken the argument. Choice (D) is correct.
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