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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Haglut Corporation ##### This topic has 3 expert replies and 8 member replies ## Haglut Corporation ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Difficult Debater: The average amount of overtime per month worked by an employee in the manufacturing division of the Haglut Corporation is 14 hours. Most employees of the Haglut Corporation work in the manufacturing division. Furthermore, the average amount of overtime per month worked by any employee in the company generally does not fluctuate much from month to month. Therefore, each month, most employees of the Haglut Corporation almost certainly work at least some overtime. The debater's argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which of these grounds? (A)It takes for granted that the manufacturing division is a typical division of the corporation with regard to the average amount of overtime its employees work each month. (B)It takes for granted that if a certain average of amount of overtime is worked each month by each employee of the Haglut Corporation, then approximately the same amount of overtime must be worked each month by each employee of the manufacturing division. (C)It confuses a claim from which the argument's conclusion about the Haglut Corporation would necessarily follow with a claim that would follow from the argument's conclusion only with a high degree of probability. (D)It overlooks the possibility that even if, on average, a certain amount of overtime is worked by the members of some group, many members of that group may work no overtime at all. (E)It overlooks the possibility that even if most employees of the corporation work some overtime each month, anyone corporate employee may, in some months, work no overtime. Source: OG 13 _________________ - VK I will (Learn. Recognize. Apply) Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 20 Apr 2012 Posted: 130 messages Followed by: 4 members Upvotes: 16 Target GMAT Score: 650+ GMAT Score: 650 I think its (D) Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 16 Nov 2011 Posted: 435 messages Followed by: 16 members Upvotes: 48 vk_vinayak wrote: Debater: The average amount of overtime per month worked by an employee in the manufacturing division of the Haglut Corporation is 14 hours. Most employees of the Haglut Corporation work in the manufacturing division. Furthermore, the average amount of overtime per month worked by any employee in the company generally does not fluctuate much from month to month. Therefore, each month, most employees of the Haglut Corporation almost certainly work at least some overtime. The debater's argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which of these grounds? (A)It takes for granted that the manufacturing division is a typical division of the corporation with regard to the average amount of overtime its employees work each month. (B)It takes for granted that if a certain average of amount of overtime is worked each month by each employee of the Haglut Corporation, then approximately the same amount of overtime must be worked each month by each employee of the manufacturing division. (C)It confuses a claim from which the argument's conclusion about the Haglut Corporation would necessarily follow with a claim that would follow from the argument's conclusion only with a high degree of probability. (D)It overlooks the possibility that even if, on average, a certain amount of overtime is worked by the members of some group, many members of that group may work no overtime at all. (E)It overlooks the possibility that even if most employees of the corporation work some overtime each month, anyone corporate employee may, in some months, work no overtime. Source: OG 13 I'd go with D here. Here's why: The conclusion states that MOST employees CERTAINLY work some overtime. They argument is based on the evidence that the average amount of overtime in the manufacturing division is 14 hours, and that most people work in that division. So, then most people work overtime. However, that is an average. What if, for example a few people work 20, 30, or more hours overtime. Clearly this will throw off the average, and MOST people DO NOT work overtime, only a FEW do. This is what answer D states. Does this help? What is the OA? _________________ A useful website I found that has every quant OG video explanation: https://www.beatthegmat.com/useful-website-with-og-video-explanations-t112985.html#475231 Legendary Member Joined 03 Jun 2008 Posted: 502 messages Followed by: 21 members Upvotes: 99 Alex, The OA is D only. When I first tried solving the question, I found it complicated, and it took me a long time to decide between A and D. Your explanations for D helped. Can you tell me why A is incorrect? _________________ - VK I will (Learn. Recognize. Apply) Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 20 Apr 2012 Posted: 130 messages Followed by: 4 members Upvotes: 16 Target GMAT Score: 650+ GMAT Score: 650 A doesn't take into consideration the whole company, just the division itself. The author is saying that because employees in one division work overtime, most of the employees in the company work overtime. What if the Manufacturing division only has 10 employees while the company is comprised of 100 employees. Get the discrepancies. The word "typical division" has no bearing as to how many employees would work in this division so it can be yes most employees work overtime if the division is large or no if the division is a smaller division or equal to the other divisions. D states that because some employees work overtime, it doesn't necessarily mean that MOST employees in the company work overtime, which is what were looking for. That is what the passage is most vulnerable to. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 28 Apr 2012 Posted: 150 messages Upvotes: 4 I also picked D Legendary Member Joined 09 Aug 2009 Posted: 503 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 31 Target GMAT Score: 800 mv12 wrote: I also picked D Why is E wrong ? D and E almost say the same thing right ? ### GMAT/MBA Expert Elite Legendary Member Joined 23 Jun 2013 Posted: 9894 messages Followed by: 491 members Upvotes: 2867 GMAT Score: 800 Hi mmslf75, Notice the wording in E: "....any one corporate employee may....work no overtime..." This answer seems to focus on an individual employee. The conclusion in the prompt states: "...most employees...almost certainly work at least some overtime." Notice how the Answer E doesn't line up with the prompt (one employee vs. most employees). The correct answer (D) matches the Focus of the prompt (..."many members of that group...") GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich _________________ Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 11 Apr 2016 Posted: 27 messages Could someone help to explain what (A) exactly means, and why it should be ruled out? I still find this choice hard to understand Many thanks! ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 14883 messages Followed by: 1855 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 vk_vinayak wrote: Debater: The average amount of overtime per month worked by an employee in the manufacturing division of the Haglut Corporation is 14 hours. Most employees of the Haglut Corporation work in the manufacturing division. Furthermore, the average amount of overtime per month worked by any employee in the company generally does not fluctuate much from month to month. Therefore, each month, most employees of the Haglut Corporation almost certainly work at least some overtime. The debater's argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which of these grounds? (A)It takes for granted that the manufacturing division is a typical division of the corporation with regard to the average amount of overtime its employees work each month. (B)It takes for granted that if a certain average of amount of overtime is worked each month by each employee of the Haglut Corporation, then approximately the same amount of overtime must be worked each month by each employee of the manufacturing division. (C)It confuses a claim from which the argument's conclusion about the Haglut Corporation would necessarily follow with a claim that would follow from the argument's conclusion only with a high degree of probability. (D)It overlooks the possibility that even if, on average, a certain amount of overtime is worked by the members of some group, many members of that group may work no overtime at all. (E)It overlooks the possibility that even if most employees of the corporation work some overtime each month, anyone corporate employee may, in some months, work no overtime. I received a PM requesting that I comment. Premise: The average amount of overtime worked by an employee in the manufacturing division -- the division in which most employees work -- is 14 hours per month, and the average for each employee does not generally fluctuate. Conclusion: Each month, most employees almost certainly work at least some overtime. The correct answer choice must weaken the conclusion. D: Many members of that group may work no overtime at all. Here, it's possible that many members of the manufacturing division -- the most popular division -- work no overtime at all, WEAKENING the conclusion that most employees almost certainly work at least some overtime. The correct answer is D. Reasons to eliminate: A) If the manufacturing division is not a typical division, who cares? Since MOST employees work in the manufacturing division, the argument can still conclude that most employees work at least some overtime. Eliminate A. B) If the same amount of overtime is not worked each month by each employee, who cares? The argument can still conclude that most employees work at least SOME overtime. Eliminate B. C) The passage does not make a claim that would follow from the argument's conclusion. The argument concludes that most employees work at least some overtime. It does not make a claim based upon this conclusion. Eliminate C. E) If one employee may, in some months, work no overtime, who cares? The argument can still conclude that MOST employees work at least SOME overtime. Eliminate E. _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 12 Sep 2012 Posted: 2636 messages Followed by: 114 members Upvotes: 625 Target GMAT Score: V51 GMAT Score: 780 thuyduong91vnu wrote: Could someone help to explain what (A) exactly means, and why it should be ruled out? I still find this choice hard to understand Many thanks! "Takes for granted" = "We're assuming this is true, even though we haven't given any evidence for it." So A essentially says "The argument assumes (without any evidence) the manufacturing division works the same amount of overtime hours as the other divisions in the company do." It isn't a huge deal in this argument because we were told that most employees at Haglut work in the manufacturing division, so whether the other (smaller, less representative) divisions work as much overtime is irrelevant. Enroll in a Veritas Prep GMAT class completely for FREE. Wondering if a GMAT course is right for you? Attend the first class session of an actual GMAT course, either in-person or live online, and see for yourself why so many students choose to work with Veritas Prep. Find a class now! Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 24 Sep 2018 Posted: 3 messages -D- Argument takes an ambiguous claim, and does not think about the of even at least one person, who does work OT. • 5-Day Free Trial 5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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