The relevant part of the passage states that the proliferation
of MBA programmes has raised questions about the value of the
degree. Hence the statement is TRUE.
22) Last year part-time MBA programmes received more appli-
cations than traditional full-time courses. (CAN’T TELL)
The passage states that last year applications for full-time
MBA programmes declined at 75 per cent of educational institu-
tions offering the degree, with applications down by more than 20
per cent at over half of the schools surveyed. The number of
applications for full-time MBAs has reduced. The passage
also explains that Given the expense of full-time programmes, it
is perhaps unsurprising that application figures for part-time
executive MBA programmes increased by 50 per cent last year.
However there is no mention of how part-time MBA pro-
grammes applications compare to full-time ones. So the
answer is CAN’T TELL.
23) The quality of MBA courses has declined as the number of
programmes on offer has increased. (CAN’T TELL)
You might think that this is TRUE or FALSE depending
upon which part of the passage you focus on. In fact, there
is contradictory evidence. Initially the passage says the pro-
liferation of MBA programmes has raised questions about the
value of the degree. Later it states: a poll of recent MBA grad-
uates, over 80 per cent of whom rated their programmes as
‘excellent’. The answer is that you CAN’T TELL.
24) The passage argues that there is no longer any value in
attaining an MBA. (FALSE)
The passage provides a balanced perspective – rather than
being for or against MBAs. Thus it would be FALSE to say
that there is no longer any value in attaining an MBA.
25) The passage suggests that MBAs have historically been a
prerequisite for an accelerated career. (TRUE)
The answer is TRUE because the passage explains that
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