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High school sports teams Fri May 25, 2012 1:55 pm
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The number of students who play for Town X's high school sports teams is greater than the number of students who play for Town Y's high school sports teams. Because of their greater participation in school athletics, the high school student population of Town X is more physically fit than that of Town Y.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

There are more high school students in Town X than in Town Y.
Most high school students in Town Y go to school in Town X and play on their high schools' sports teams.
High school sports teams in Town X play and practice for fewer hours per week than do high school sports teams in Town Y.
Many high school athletes from Town Y play only on club teams not affiliated with any high schools.
High school sports teams in Town Y accept freshman athletes, whereas high school sports teams in Town X do not.

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Sat May 26, 2012 12:13 am
e for me

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Tue May 29, 2012 11:14 am
E strengthens rather than weaken.

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Wed May 30, 2012 8:55 pm
IMO A.

The information provided in option A does not have any effect on the conclusion ("the high school student population of Town X is more physically fit than that of Town Y"). So A does not weaken the conclusion.

What is the OA?

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Wed May 30, 2012 10:51 pm
E for ne as well.
ABCD all are weakeners while E is neither a weakener nor a strengthner

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Wed May 30, 2012 11:11 pm
(E) for me too. GmatKiss what's the OA?

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Wed May 30, 2012 11:44 pm

We have to find the option which strengthens the assertion that the student population of town X is more fit than the student population of town Y.

If E is true, then teams do Y have lesser high school students in their teams because they take athletes from college as well (the freshmen). Also, town X takes only high school students and has greater number of students participating that in town Y. So, town Y will have even lesser students in the teams on account of the freshmen intake into their teams.

This certainly strengthens the conclusion that the high school population of town X is more physically fit than that of town Y.

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Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:18 pm
now E seems fine..

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Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:12 pm
We're told that there are more high school students on teams in Town X than in Town Y. Based on this, the author concludes that students in Town X are in better shape than students in Town Y. We're asked to identify the answer choice that does NOT weaken the argument.

Choice A states that there are more high school students in Town X; this weakens the argument because it means that the greater number of high school students on Town X's sports teams may simply be a result of the larger population.

Choice B states that most students in Town Y both go to school and play sports in Town X. This weakens the argument. Since high school sports teams in Town X are made up of students from both towns, we cannot determine which town has more students who are physically fit.

Choice C states that the teams in Town X play and practice for fewer hours than do the sports teams in Town Y. This undermines the argument by casting doubt on the assumption that a student who is on a Town X sports team is in better shape than a student in Town Y.

Choice D states that many high school athletes in Town Y play on club teams and not on high school teams. This weakens the conclusion because it undermines the correlation between the number of students on school teams and the number of physically fit high school students.

Choice E states that the teams in Town Y accept freshmen athletes while the teams in Town X do not. If true, this fact supports the argument by showing that although there is a portion of the high school population in Town X that is not eligible to play sports, high school sports teams in Town X still have more student athletes than high school sports teams in Town Y.

Choice E is correct.

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