**Quote:**

In 1998, what was the approximate number of subscriptions to newsmagazines nationwide?

A) 3,000

B) 13,000

C) 16,000

D) 20,000

E) 67,000

[Obscure] Spoiler: OA

C

With all due respect, I think this is complete bullshit.

This question here asks you for the "estimate number" of 1998, by forcing an "imaginary estimate" on missing data between for years 1998 and 1999.

It is true that the data in 1997 is lower than 2000, however there's no guarantee that the number in 1998 did increase.

In fact, it might have dropped in 1998, then sharply increased in 1999.

Such liberal "lump assumption" are not part of the GRE.

This is why you should be very careful when doing "questions" from books which are UNOFFICIAL and have NO ACCESS to OFFICIAL ETS guidelines on how to craft questions.

This is part of the "Princeton review".

Honestly, I have never seen such thing for any Data interpretation question.

A real GRE question is always based on actual data which cannot be interpreted non-linearly due to "missing data".

You can safely ignore this one.

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