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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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28 Jul 2009, 12:37
noboru wrote:
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.

B. Since grade inflation is the problem, the honors degree is also the problem and that shows in B.
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28 Jul 2009, 12:54
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noboru wrote:
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.

B. Since grade inflation is the problem, the honors degree is also the problem and that shows in B.

That is...NOT CORRECT
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28 Jul 2009, 13:06
noboru wrote:
shaselai wrote:
noboru wrote:
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.

B. Since grade inflation is the problem, the honors degree is also the problem and that shows in B.

That is...NOT CORRECT

E? that wouldve been my 2nd choice since it will help to weed out "fake honors". A is close 2nd though
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28 Jul 2009, 13:13
I think C should be the answer. If employers dont rely on honors degree at all, then there is no need to restore confidence. So they must be relying on honors degree to atleast some extent...whats the OA, noboru?
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28 Jul 2009, 15:06
B, E and C?

Any more takers?

The answer has not been discovered yet...
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28 Jul 2009, 20:26
My choice is A.

Because college inflates the grades thus more students get Honors degree.
So there are more students with honors degree and causing it to less valuable.
Since now 50% of the class is having the honors degree thus employer also doesnt give a damn about
this distinction.

If college puts grade inflation measures then again honors degree students will decrease, that means they
are no more higher achiever than students of 20 years ago.

Please let me know if my reasoning is wrong?

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29 Jul 2009, 11:01
lalmanistl wrote:
My choice is A.

Because college inflates the grades thus more students get Honors degree.
So there are more students with honors degree and causing it to less valuable.
Since now 50% of the class is having the honors degree thus employer also doesnt give a damn about
this distinction.

If college puts grade inflation measures then again honors degree students will decrease, that means they
are no more higher achiever than students of 20 years ago.

Please let me know if my reasoning is wrong?

-STL

Agree With A.

I think assumption is in this sentence: "Today, however, because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class."

They assume that students with honors degree don't deserve it and got this degree because of grade inflation. So they are assuming that students haven't improved in last 20 years.
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29 Jul 2009, 11:16
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lalmanistl wrote:
My choice is A.

Because college inflates the grades thus more students get Honors degree.
So there are more students with honors degree and causing it to less valuable.
Since now 50% of the class is having the honors degree thus employer also doesnt give a damn about
this distinction.

If college puts grade inflation measures then again honors degree students will decrease, that means they
are no more higher achiever than students of 20 years ago.

Please let me know if my reasoning is wrong?

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Agree With A.

I think assumption is in this sentence: "Today, however, because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class."

They assume that students with honors degree don't deserve it and got this degree because of grade inflation. So they are assuming that students haven't improved in last 20 years.

That is the point.
Congratulations.
OA: A
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14 Sep 2009, 13:59
This topic needs to be moved to CR.

shaselai,
B is wrong. It's not an assumption that helps the conclusion. It also just reverses the cause-effect chain in the passage: Passage says grade inflation causes too many honors, B says too many honors causes inflation.
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sudeep wrote:
lalmanistl wrote:
My choice is A.

Because college inflates the grades thus more students get Honors degree.
So there are more students with honors degree and causing it to less valuable.
Since now 50% of the class is having the honors degree thus employer also doesnt give a damn about
this distinction.

If college puts grade inflation measures then again honors degree students will decrease, that means they
are no more higher achiever than students of 20 years ago.

Please let me know if my reasoning is wrong?

-STL

Agree With A.

I think assumption is in this sentence: "Today, however, because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class."

They assume that students with honors degree don't deserve it and got this degree because of grade inflation. So they are assuming that students haven't improved in last 20 years.

That is the point.
Congratulations.
OA: A

I disagree with you.
IMO E.

Situation :

graduates are having difficulty demonstrating their superiority to employers than did the students of twenty years ago when an honors degree was distinction enough.
Today employers are less impressed with the honors degree because they are aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degree and which eventually is causing the grade inflation. .

To restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation assumed that the steps they take or the new criteria they impose is known to the employers. So , in order to make sure that the plan works , Colleges must make employers aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degree.

(E) Colleges must make employers aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degree.
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24 Sep 2009, 22:54
I totally agree with A.
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06 Oct 2009, 04:03
Very happy i Chose A
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01 Nov 2009, 09:54
Go with Mendelay's logic for eliminating [B] and that leaves option [A] to be the only valid one..
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