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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?

(A) Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck

(B) Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can

(C) Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming

(D) Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years

(E) Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty

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C

Down to B and C.

Picked C because if loading takes very long time, the main goal is not achieved.

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C is the answer...

clearly the concern is over time.. if C is not true, one will not be able to achieve the reduction in delivery time..

B is irrelevant as clearly trucks are spending hrs in the traffic...

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C is the answer...

clearly the concern is over time.. if C is not true, one will not be able to achieve the reduction in delivery time..

B is irrelevant as clearly trucks are spending hrs in the traffic...



That's true for barges ... but how about switching to train... no information
seen in the option c about train.

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C.

Passage talks about travel thru bridge is time consuming and to save time trains can help but a good question would be whether loading stuff onto barges would be time consuming?

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C for me as well.

A, D and E are out of scope. Between B and C, C is better ... passage doesnt mention anything about boats, so thats really out of scope as well

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Its between B and C for me.

Would go for C, over B, as in B it may still take time for loading on to a ship, and ships are not mentioned as a part of the passage.

C is my answer

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C is the answer since it is a question of time and not money (so we eliminate A) - boats are not being talked about, so that puts B away. D and E are not relevant to the time being saved.

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Hi,

Is "Whether Shipping though barges and trains is safe since the trains get robbed frequently and barges meet with accidents frequently?" a valid evaluate question to be put to the argument?
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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland Island by truck. - A background information.\

The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. - A background information.
Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. – Possibilities

Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland. Line of action to achieve the Objective

Assumption – The selected option of train and barge will save time or will not exceed the time taken by trucks.
Activities such as -
a. barge loading
b. other administrative activities such as clearances , security check etc
c. barge movement time – time taken is one hour as per
d. barge unloading
Hence, it is assumed that total time taken in activities (a to d or may be more) is less than total time spent by trucks to carry out the operation.
Thus evaluate the cycle time of the selected option/ Look out for options in the same line of thought.

A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck. the objective is to reduce shipping time , expense is not the concern

B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can beyond the plan …
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming. – Correct , need to evaluate
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years? So what …how it will impact the operation below the bridge
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty? So be it …objective is only to reduce shipping time

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Is "Whether Shipping though barges and trains is safe since the trains get robbed frequently and barges meet with accidents frequently?" a valid evaluate question to be put to the argument?


IMO - if any activity that is impacting the cycle time will be good to evaluate.

Objective is to reduce shipping time - unsafe or accident ...will not matter if the barge reaches the destination in time / before time.
If the option suggests that it is impacting the shipping time , then yes.

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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland
Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck.
B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming.
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years?
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?



Important thing is to note that the argument is about time.

(A) Cost is not an issue in this argument. So this option is OUT.
(B) Boats are not discussed in argument. OUT.
(C) This touches the idea of time. HOLD.
(D) Irrelevant detail. Even if vehicle numbers have gone down, as per argument, trucks are still stranded. So we dont gain anything. OUT
(E) This is linked to cost issue and not time. so OUT

C is the best option and is the answer.

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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland
Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck.
B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming.
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years?
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?



Important thing is to note that the argument is about time.

(A) Cost is not an issue in this argument. So this option is OUT.
(B) Boats are not discussed in argument. OUT.
(C) This touches the idea of time. HOLD.
(D) Irrelevant detail. Even if vehicle numbers have gone down, as per argument, trucks are still stranded. So we dont gain anything. OUT
(E) This is linked to cost issue and not time. so OUT

C is the best option and is the answer.



Hi,

I agree with option C since the argument is focused on time and option C mentions time as the most critical aspect.

My first doubt is that in the argument, it talks about goods. On the other hand, in option C it only talks about fright cars. Isn't scope narrowed down to just freight cars in option C.

My second doubt is that in the argument, it talks about trains and barges while in option C, it only restricts itself to barges and does not mention trains anywhere.

Kindly clarify. Thanks in advance!

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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland
Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

We are concerned about 2 things:
1. Time spent should reduce
2. Will Barge and Train help in this ?


Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck. --Expense ??- Out Of scope
B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can BOATS ??- Out Of scope[/b]
C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming. Well, this is something we are looking for , will it take more tome to load /unload Goods on train/barges[/b]
D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years? avg number ??- Out Of scope[/b]
E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?

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Trancorp currently transports all its goods to Burland Island by truck. The only bridge over the channel separating Burland from the mainland is congested, and trucks typically spend hours in traffic. Trains can reach the channel more quickly than trucks, and freight cars can be transported to Burland by barges that typically cross the channel in an hour. Therefore, to reduce shipping time, Trancorp plans to switch to trains and barges to transport goods to Burland.

Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Trancorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?

A: Whether transportation by train and barge would be substantially less expensive than transportation by truck.--> Expense not mentioned anywhere. GMAT tried to play with these kinds of option.

B: Whether there are boats that can make the trip between the mainland and Burland faster than barges can--> Comparing the duration between boats and barges. Actually we need to compare among trucks, trains and barges.

C: Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming.--> Since the question is regarding the reducing the time. Right answer.

D: Whether the average number of vehicles traveling over the bridge into Burland has been relatively constant in recent years? -->Irrelevant.

E: Whether most trucks transporting goods into Burland return to the mainland empty?--> Irrelevant

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The answer is C).

The argument says that Transcorp's plan is to switch from trucks to barges and trains to transports its goods to Burland in order to reduce shipping time.

The only options which focus on time taken in transportation of goods are B) and C). (note; Costs are not the focus of this argument neither is the change in number of vehicles hence other options are not viable)

Between B) and C) the option C) is correct because of the keyword in question stem
Which of the following would be most important to know in determining whether Transcorp’s plan, if implemented, is likely to achieve its goal?
notice: question doesn't ask us to determine if the plan should be implemented. If the question had asked that, B) would be a contender as we would consider alternatives as well.

However, here the question says that if the plan is implemented how likely is the plan likely to achieve its goal ?
for that we need to pick factors included in current plan and evaluate their effectiveness.

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Hi, I was following Power Score Bible. For evaluation questions , we should use Variance Test. Can anybody apply variance test in this questions. I am not able to understand the logic behind the OA

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Hi, I was following Power Score Bible. For evaluation questions , we should use Variance Test. Can anybody apply variance test in this questions. I am not able to understand the logic behind the OA


Let me apply the variance test for you here:

The main reason of switching from trucks to trains and barges is they will reduce the shipping time. Ok.

Lets's apply the test on option C "Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming. ".

1. Yes, Loading is very time consuming. Ohh.. We thought this would help us save sometime but even if it is not taking time to transport, it will consume that time while loading the goods. So, the end user will never see any decrease in shipping time. Hence, this is weakening our conclusion.

2. No, Loading is not at all time consuming. Nice. So, I can say now I will be able to transport the goods in less time, hence reducing the shipping time.

Thus, on one side, I am weakening the conclusion while on the other side I am strengthening it. Hence, C is the best answer.

Let me know if you need any help in applying this test to any other options. :)
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Thanks abhimahna for the explanation!

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What about trains? Nothing is mentioned about trains in the options and only barges

Also - for evaluate questions, do the answer choices add new information?


abhimahna wrote:
merajul wrote:
Hi, I was following Power Score Bible. For evaluation questions , we should use Variance Test. Can anybody apply variance test in this questions. I am not able to understand the logic behind the OA


Let me apply the variance test for you here:

The main reason of switching from trucks to trains and barges is they will reduce the shipping time. Ok.

Lets's apply the test on option C "Whether loading the freight cars onto barges is very time consuming. ".

1. Yes, Loading is very time consuming. Ohh.. We thought this would help us save sometime but even if it is not taking time to transport, it will consume that time while loading the goods. So, the end user will never see any decrease in shipping time. Hence, this is weakening our conclusion.

2. No, Loading is not at all time consuming. Nice. So, I can say now I will be able to transport the goods in less time, hence reducing the shipping time.

Thus, on one side, I am weakening the conclusion while on the other side I am strengthening it. Hence, C is the best answer.

Let me know if you need any help in applying this test to any other options. :)

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