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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT


A. A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B. Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C. The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D. The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E. Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.
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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT


A. A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B. Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C. The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D. The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E. Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.


Situation: A high school principal proposes canceling all school sports as a way to re-focus attention and improve students’ scores on the state graduation exam.

Reasoning: Which of the following supports the principal’s conclusion? Each of the answer choices, except one, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion. The correct answer choice will provide information that strengthens the principal’s argument. The argument will be strengthened by information demonstrating that school sports have a direct and negative impact on the school’s academic performance.
  1. This item actually strengthens the principal’s argument because it demonstrates that the school has made choices favoring sports over academics.
  2. This item casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion because it demonstrates that school athletes actually perform better academically than other students in the school.
  3. If the principal does not have a specific plan for improving academics, his conclusion that canceling school sports will improve test scores can be easily doubted.
  4. This option provides an alternate explanation for students’ poor performance on the math and science portions of the graduation exam, and this weakens the principal’s claim that school sports have detracted from academics.
  5. If it can be shown that the principal exaggerated the poor performance of his students, then his case for re-focusing the school’s attention is weakened.

Answer: A
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There is a grey area here, and I think this is not a good question.

I may argue this way:

C is the right answer because the soundness of the principal's argument is not related to his plan. The plan is something happen later, he may not have a plan now, but it has nothing to do with his logic conclusion. By the way, in his logic, he didn't mention about resource. He said that students spent too much time on sport activities, so this choice (C) does not attack his conclusion.

A is wrong answer because it really casts doubt on the principal's argument. Talking about allocating school's resource, this answer means that it's actually the transportation of the football team that took up a big proportion of the budget last year, it's not the overall sport. The football team might take a really far trip, for example from LA to NY to play. Maybe, the principal should not allow such an inappropriate expense to happen in the future. But he can not blame the sport activities in general.

However, A is somehow a right answer, because it mentions about budget, money. And again, the principal did not mention about resource, so choice (C) does not attack his conclusion

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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT


A. A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B. Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C. The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D. The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E. Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.


Situation: A high school principal proposes canceling all school sports as a way to re-focus attention and improve students’ scores on the state graduation exam.

Reasoning: Which of the following supports the principal’s conclusion? Each of the answer choices, except one, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion. The correct answer choice will provide information that strengthens the principal’s argument. The argument will be strengthened by information demonstrating that school sports have a direct and negative impact on the school’s academic performance.
  1. This item actually strengthens the principal’s argument because it demonstrates that the school has made choices favoring sports over academics.
  2. This item casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion because it demonstrates that school athletes actually perform better academically than other students in the school.
  3. If the principal does not have a specific plan for improving academics, his conclusion that canceling school sports will improve test scores can be easily doubted.
  4. This option provides an alternate explanation for students’ poor performance on the math and science portions of the graduation exam, and this weakens the principal’s claim that school sports have detracted from academics.
  5. If it can be shown that the principal exaggerated the poor performance of his students, then his case for re-focusing the school’s attention is weakened.

Answer: A


hey in choice E in no way affects that the claim as if she has exaggerated the poor performance this means actual performance was better than she claimed this means even if the performance remains same next year and she doesn't exaggerates then ultimately the plan might be successful .

else if we look in this manner how can exaggeration of past performance affect the plan to improve the next year performance by reducing the focus on sports. no link can be established.
if i am wrong do elaborate on the choice E please
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