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# Top college graduates are having more difficulty

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Top college graduates are having more difficulty demonstrating their superiority to prospective employers than did the top students of twenty years ago when an honors degree was distinction enough. Today’s employers are less impressed with the honors degree. Twenty years ago no more than 10 percent of a given class graduated with honors. Today, however, because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class. Therefore, to restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation.
Which one of the following is an assumption that, if true, would support the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Today’s students are not higher achievers than the students of twenty years ago.
(B) Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades.
(C) Today’s employers rely on honors ranking in making their hiring decisions.
(D) It is not easy for students with low grades to obtain jobs.
(E) Colleges must make employers aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degree.

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16 Jun 2009, 09:41
A , imo

If today’s students are not higher achievers than the students of twenty years ago then large number of honors degree must be because of grade inflation.
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16 Jun 2009, 12:58
IMO A..

B is wrong because of inverse relationship of cause and result.
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23 Jun 2009, 10:45
(A) Today’s students are not higher achievers than the students of twenty years ago.,,--- CORRECT
(B) Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades. <<---- wrong :: actually otherwise
(C) Today’s employers rely on honors ranking in making their hiring decisions. <<---- wrong :: nothing to do with the employer ....
(D) It is not easy for students with low grades to obtain jobs. <<----out of scope
(E) Colleges must make employers aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degree.
<<---- not relevant , the comparison stated here does not rely on the criteria of awarding honours
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