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# V11-23

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04 Jan 2016, 10:42
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A virtual classroom not only provides learners with lecture videos and interactive environment, but also supports active learning by providing with learning materials and contextual discussion. As per survey in schools and colleges, teachers believe that they can, as in a traditional classroom, take advantage of relative cues to make points and to verify that the points have been understood, while students already love to use various learning tools and chat-room to control their learning pace. Therefore companies in business of virtual classrooms have a promising future.
Which of the following answer choices is a required assumption in drawing the above conclusion appropriately?

A. The initial cost of investment in developing a virtual classroom is not significantly high.
B. The companies in business of virtual classrooms will not have problem hiring adequately skilled personnel to develop the system software.
C. On a lecture video the students cannot notice the teachers’ gestures as well as they can in a traditional classroom.
D. The market for selling the virtual classrooms does not primarily comprise of new private tutorial start-up institutions.
E. The companies developing virtual classrooms will make profits soon after they launch the product.

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A virtual classroom not only provides learners with lecture videos and interactive environment, but also supports active learning by providing with learning materials and contextual discussion. As per survey in schools and colleges, teachers believe that they can, as in a traditional classroom, take advantage of relative cues to make points and to verify that the points have been understood, while students already love to use various learning tools and chat-room to control their learning pace. Therefore companies in business of virtual classrooms have a promising future.
Which of the following answer choices is a required assumption in drawing the above conclusion appropriately?

A. The initial cost of investment in developing a virtual classroom is not significantly high.
B. The companies in business of virtual classrooms will not have problem hiring adequately skilled personnel to develop the system software.
C. On a lecture video the students cannot notice the teachers’ gestures as well as they can in a traditional classroom.
D. The market for selling the virtual classrooms does not primarily comprise of new private tutorial start-up institutions.
E. The companies developing virtual classrooms will make profits soon after they launch the product.

A. This statement is not a “required” assumption. Even though the initial cost of investment is high, the company may have a promising future.

B. This statement is not a “required” assumption. The companies do not require to develop the system software themselves, but may sublet the software development to other companies.

C. This statement weakens the argument.

D. Correct. The argument assumes that the success of the companies in business of virtual classrooms depends on the acceptance of this product among the teachers and students in traditional classrooms in schools and colleges. In other words, teachers and students in traditional classrooms in schools and colleges, not new private tutorial start-up institutions, are primary consumers for the product.

E. This statement strengthens the argument, but is not a “required” assumption. Even if the companies do not make profit soon after the launch of the product, in “future” they may.

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13 Aug 2016, 05:28
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Does not look like a very good question ...
May be I am wrong..
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05 Sep 2016, 16:53
teachers believe that they can, as in a traditional classroom, take advantage of relative cues to make points and to verify that the points have been understood,

- this is not actually developed and tested, so these kind of advance features in the software need to be incorporated, so assumption should be that company will be able to find the software developers with the right skill sets to develop these features
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06 Sep 2016, 10:38
vijaisingh2001 wrote:
teachers believe that they can, as in a traditional classroom, take advantage of relative cues to make points and to verify that the points have been understood,

- this is not actually developed and tested, so these kind of advance features in the software need to be incorporated, so assumption should be that company will be able to find the software developers with the right skill sets to develop these features

Please go through the explanation. For option B, the explanation is:
This statement is not a “required” assumption. The companies do not require to develop the system software themselves, but may sublet the software development to other companies.
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27 Nov 2016, 07:17
sayantanc2k wrote:
vijaisingh2001 wrote:
teachers believe that they can, as in a traditional classroom, take advantage of relative cues to make points and to verify that the points have been understood,

- this is not actually developed and tested, so these kind of advance features in the software need to be incorporated, so assumption should be that company will be able to find the software developers with the right skill sets to develop these features

Please go through the explanation. For option B, the explanation is:
This statement is not a “required” assumption. The companies do not require to develop the system software themselves, but may sublet the software development to other companies.

Hi Sayantanc2k,

I don't think that 'D. The market for selling the virtual classrooms does not primarily comprise of new private tutorial start-up institutions.' is a required assumption. Actually, Primary market is actually irrelevant here. A company may start with a specific set of customers and still can grow with promising future by invading a different customer segment, keeping its growth of primary customer base intact. In this case, this Virtual classroom company may be originally focused to 'new private tutorial start-up institutions' and is still trying to invade the market for school/college. And though, in this case, schools/colleges are not its primary focus, but invading this market may bring a bright future for this company. So this is not a required assumption. What do you think?

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27 Nov 2016, 14:48
arunavamunshi1988 wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
vijaisingh2001 wrote:
teachers believe that they can, as in a traditional classroom, take advantage of relative cues to make points and to verify that the points have been understood,

- this is not actually developed and tested, so these kind of advance features in the software need to be incorporated, so assumption should be that company will be able to find the software developers with the right skill sets to develop these features

Please go through the explanation. For option B, the explanation is:
This statement is not a “required” assumption. The companies do not require to develop the system software themselves, but may sublet the software development to other companies.

Hi Sayantanc2k,

I don't think that 'D. The market for selling the virtual classrooms does not primarily comprise of new private tutorial start-up institutions.' is a required assumption. Actually, Primary market is actually irrelevant here. A company may start with a specific set of customers and still can grow with promising future by invading a different customer segment, keeping its growth of primary customer base intact. In this case, this Virtual classroom company may be originally focused to 'new private tutorial start-up institutions' and is still trying to invade the market for school/college. And though, in this case, schools/colleges are not its primary focus, but invading this market may bring a bright future for this company. So this is not a required assumption. What do you think?

Regards,
Arunava

This is frequently a trap that the test-takers fall into. Please note that an assumption must link the premise with the conclusion, but many a times the conclusions are considered in isolation leading to wrong deductions.

Premise: Students in schools and colleges already love to use various learning tools and chat-room to control their learning pace.
Conclusion: Companies in business of virtual classrooms have a promising future.

Thus the assumption is that the companies would be penetrating the market comprising of schools and colleges - not any other market. Option D could have mentioned any market except schools and colleges - private tutorials or anything else - it would still be the correct choice.

However if you ignore the premise and just look at the conclusion, then you would miss this point.
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02 Feb 2017, 11:40
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04 Feb 2017, 06:16
aman.tomar wrote:

Please describe the reason that you feel so - then we would be able address your query.
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20 Sep 2017, 05:39
I think this is a poor-quality question. I think a word is missing between both asterisk ( either student or learner) as shown below.

A virtual classroom not only provides learners with lecture videos and interactive environment, but also supports active learning by providing * * with learning materials and contextual discussion.
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16 Oct 2018, 01:23
Poorly formatted question and the explanation is also very poor.
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27 May 2019, 20:43
What is "new private tutorial start-up institutions."?

I don't think 'tutorial institution' is used correctly here. It's definitely not American standard.
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