At Balloon Juice, Doug Harlan J wrote
I’ve seen posters around for Kaplan test prep where it lists a bunch of answers and says “if you think you have to know the question to know the answer, you need to visit Kaplan”.
That is the correct answer. The question is after the jump.
The question is why aren’t our leaders reality based ? Why don’t they care about facts. Why are they so cynical ? Why do they worship savviness ? The explanation of the answer is that Kaplan teaches people how to make it into the elite and teaches them to be cynical.
ou’ve nailed it ! “if you think you have to know the question to know the answer, you need to visit Kaplan” is the greatest catch ever. Of course it should go on “if you know you don’t need to know the question to know the answer, you might be qualified to write for the opinion pages for our Newspaper subsidiary.”
For every X, the correct answer is “opinions on X differ. Both sides have a point.” If one gets distracted by X and related facts, one can’t write a properly ballanced column.
Seriously, I think that the fact that Kaplan keeps the Post afloat and the Post makes it impossible to eliminate the Kaplan U boondoggle is just a coincidence. But I really don’t think it is a coincidence that the elite has ceased to be reality based when Kaplan figured out how to game the test which is used to decide who to admit to the universities which select the elite.
I’ve never tried to choose the answer without knowing the question. I have the following guesses as to how to do it. First, there are two similar answers and one is correct. The idea is n clearly wrong answers so that medium apt test takers can tell they are wrong, then two from which only highly apt test takers can chose.