GMAT Practice Questions

Sentence Correction

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This is one of the 3 verbal sections. You'll get about 14 or 15 of these sentence corrections out of the total 41 verbal questions. In general, the sentence correction section is the easiest verbal section to make improvements on. Once you understand how to think and approach this question type, there are only so many ways you can be tested.

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that doing 1,000 sentence corrections will result in an improvement to your score. With this section, it's about studying smart - not hard. Practice a bit to get familiar with how this section operates.

Some types of sentence corrections you'll see include apples vs oranges, descriptive phrases, split sentences, x&y consistency/parallelism, subject-verb agreement, singular/plural agreement, idioms/phrasing, past-present-future, and laundry lists.

You should aim to finish each sentence correction in < 2 minutes. For the very simple questions, you really should be doing them in less than 1 minute so you can reserve the rest of your time for the more dififcult questions and for the other verbal sections.

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SC OG12/13 Video Solutions 
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GMAT Practice Set # 1  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 1: Inter World Entertainment Corporation
 
  That VS Which 33792 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 2: Baroque Style Musicians
 
  That VS Which 25877 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 3: Milky Way Galaxy
 
  X & Y Consistency 29998 40% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 2  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 4: Lion Whiskers
  Idioms, Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 20648 73% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 5: Hospital Survival
  Idioms 15952 76% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 6: Financial Crisis
  Apples & Oranges, Phrasing 14174 76% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 3  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 7: 4 Hour Workweek
  Idioms: That VS Which 13167 69% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 8: Chopin Ballad
  X & Y Consistency 12711 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 9: Galileo and the Earth
  Active Voice & Clarity 10978 93% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 4  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 10: Pig Cells
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 10179 85% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 11: Water Pollution
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 10762 70% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 12: Bach Cello Suite
  Idioms 11913 42% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 5  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 13: Mom Shopping
  Past | Present | Future 9653 90% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 14: Speed Limit
  X & Y Consistency 11711 44% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 15: Congress and Taxes
  Idioms 11875 36% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 6  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 16: Treasury Tax Plan
  Apples & Oranges 10155 52% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 17: Sacagawea Dollar Coin
  Apples & Oranges 10779 43% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 18: Graduating Medical Students
  Apples & Oranges 9911 51% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 7  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 19: Bird Sense of Smell
  X & Y Consistency 8839 52% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 20: Transplants
  Apples & Oranges, Split Sentences 8424 52% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 21: Environmentalists
  Idioms 8016 55% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 8  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 22: College Graduation
  Idioms 7271 73% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 23: Delinquent Behavior
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 7182 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 24: Economic Conditions
  X & Y Consistency 8483 52% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 9  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 25: Healthcare Benefits
  Apples & Oranges 12445 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 26: Harry Potter
  Apples & Oranges, Laundry Lists & Long Sentences 9410 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 27: Fireside Chats
  Idioms, Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 7071 78% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 10  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 28: Pennsylvania Farmers
  Pronoun Precedence 7329 89% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 29: Diagnose Illness
  Singular Vs Plural 7308 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 30: Department of Agriculture
  Apples Vs Oranges 6457 78% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 11  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 31: Egg-laying Mammals
  Apples & Oranges 6578 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 32: Carrying Packages
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence, Split Sentences 6753 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 33: Tampering with Records
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 7766 53% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 12  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 34: Former Chair and Board Member
  Meaning 7539 41% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 35: Anasazi settlements
  Phrasing 6738 61% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 36: Protested missionary
  Phrasing 8083 30% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 13  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 37: massive planets
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 6265 64% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 38: Electronics Company
  Phrasing 6531 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 39: hopeful signs
  Apples & Oranges 12040 15% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 14  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 40: Sports Medicine Programs
  X & Y Consistency 7312 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 41: computer company
  Idiomatic Usage (doing X vs to do X) 6772 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 42: Achaemenid empire of Persia
  Subject-Verb, Phrasing 7101 42% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 15  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 43: Incipient Signs of Trouble
  Split Sentences | Phrasing 6527 41% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 44: Water Purification
  Linking Verbs 6145 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 45: Black American Authors
 
  Phrasing | Being 6335 59% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 16  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 46: Deforestation
 
  Not Only, But Also (X&Y Consistency) 7174 33% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 47: Before the Storm, a Popular Destination
  Past/Present/Future 5616 47% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 48: Increased Fuel Efficiency
  -ING verbs and X&Y Consistency 5323 66% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 17  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 49: Caspian Sea
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence (, WHICH) 5310 79% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 50: African American Soldiers
  Phrasing 5838 38% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 51: Charles Darwin Natural Selection
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 5446 57% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 18  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 52: Largest Library of Ancient World
  Phrasing 4728 72% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 53: Photography in Southwest
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 4726 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 54: Life on Jupiter Moon
  Phrasing 5297 37% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 19  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 55: Athenian Women
  Phrasing 4992 47% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 56: Honeybee Stinger
 
  Phrasing 6058 40% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 57: Uniform Characters
  Split Sentence 4424 49% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 20  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 58: US General Bristow
  Past | Present | Future, Phrasing 3531 58% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 21  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 59: Percent Productivity
  Idiomatic Expression 7226 44% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 60: Comparing Salaries
  Apples & Oranges 9215 32% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 61: Amazon Plant Species
  Phrasing 5258 66% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 22  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 62: Nightclub Advertising Costs
  Apples & Oranges 6164 46% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 63: Causes of Skin Conditions
  Idiomatic Expression 4280 82% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 64: Regional Canal
  Phrasing 4376 64% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 23  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 65: Unusual Ceremony
  Phrasing 5386 46% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 66: Endangered Tigers
  ING-verbs, Laundry List 4965 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 67: Ancient Pyramid
  Phrasing 4345 73% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 24  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 68: Moulding Metals
  Split Sentence 4997 63% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 69: Inflation Percentage
  Apples & Oranges 4944 63% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 70: Learning Physics
  Apples & Oranges 4524 68% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 25  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 71: Annual Consumption Rate
  Phrasing 5055 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 72: Ancient ceremonies
  Phrasing 4955 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 73: Voting Machine Mistakes
  Laundry Lists, Long Sentences 4281 68% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 26  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 74: Drooping Leaves
  Active Voice & Clarity 4293 81% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 75: Excavation Discovery
  Phrasing 3867 78% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 76: Reticulated Pythons
 
  Phrasing 4198 52% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 27  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 77: Massive Rainfalls
  Phrasing 4892 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 78: Merchandisers
  Idiomatic Expression 4512 61% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 79: Ozone Depletion
  X & Y Consistency 4300 72% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 28  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 80: Geiger Counters & Atmosphere
  Phrasing 4116 91% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 81: Selling Shares to Public
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence, Split Sentences 4456 57% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 82: Krill and Species Adaptation
  Phrasing 4403 67% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 29  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 83: Galileos Astronomers
  Idiomatic Expression 4438 87% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 84: So-Lo-Mo
 
  Apples & Oranges 6085 32% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 85: Company Website
  Active Voice & Clarity, Singular Vs Plural 4706 53% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 30  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 86: Metropolitan Trains
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 4880 48% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 87: Customers and Furniture Stores
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 3834 75% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 88: Funds Being Misused
  Past | Present | Future, Phrasing 4044 70% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 31  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 89: Spiritual Dimension
  Referencing 4213 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 90: Hedge Fund Dumping
  X&Y Consistency, Subject Verb 3798 65% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 91: Master of Life
  Phrasing 4538 48% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 32  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 92: To As or Not to As
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 5118 25% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 93: Child Learning
  Idiomatic Usage (indicate) 4171 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 94: Black Bee
  Phrasing 3265 83% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 33  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 95: High Priced Medicine
  X&Y Consistency 3675 72% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 96: Upetan Cultural Philosophy
  Phrasing 3356 67% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 97: Shakespeare
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 3568 91% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 34  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 98: Production Sector
  Past | Present | Future 3960 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 99: Federal Reserve Officials
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 4166 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 100: Trained Fighter Horses
  Idiomatic Usage 5009 37% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 35  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 101: Atmospheric Pollutants
  Phrasing 4222 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 102: Cyber Crimes
  Phrasing 4771 27% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 103: Diabetics in India
  Apples & Oranges, Phrasing 3642 63% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 36  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 104: Designers and Engineers
  X&Y Consistency 3289 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 105: True Story On Film
  Split Sentences | Phrasing 3229 68% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 106: Supreme Court Prosecution
  Phrasing 5204 21% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 37  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 107: Patent Laws
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 4437 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 108: Biotech Corporate Campus
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 3495 86% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 109: Hogwarts Blogger
  Parallelism 1544 50% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 38  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 110: Pierre Harmel Diplomacy
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 1377 89% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 111: Representative Votes of Cities
  Singular/Plural and Subject-Verb Agreement 1407 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 112: Stephen King Novels
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 1473 55% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 39  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 113: Solar Electricity
  Idioms 2320 35% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 114: Racing Skiier
  X & Y Consistency 1821 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 115: Fighting For National Security B
  Idioms, Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 1606 54% View Show

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FAQ

Q: What does the GMAT Sentence Correction section test you on?

This section effectively tests you on your writing ability. For those who take the SAT II's - it is very similar to the SAT II for Writing.

You will be tested on English grammar, usage, phrasing, sentence structure, and meaning. The two biggest areas to focus on are structure and meaning.

With structure, there are a variety ways of organizing an English sentence. The subject needs to agree with the verb. Distinctions are made between singular versus plural. Verbs can be presented in -ING form and used effectively as descriptive adjectives in descriptive phrases. Verbs can also be manipulated to represent actions that occur in different times or time periods - opening up the doors for complications between past, present, and future. Although, structure sounds complicated at first glance, once you internalize everything it all becomes second nature. You just need to think in the right, efficient manner.

With meaning, you'll need to understand what's going on in the sentence and how the various answer choices may potentially alter the original meaning of the sentence. You always want to choose the answer choice that maintains the intended meaning of the sentence but offers the best way to phrase the underlined portion of the sentence.

Q: Isn't this section not fair for non-native English speakers?

Yes, and no. Since English is the universal language used to teach in top MBA programs, it makes sense for the test to be in English. Sure, you may see some idiom-specific types of questions on the GMAT exam that may require subtle understanding of the English language. But it's not common and usually, there will be other parts of the sentence that can help you figure out these questions without understanding the correct idiom. Moreover, in recent years, the GMAC folks have been phasing out questions that rely heavily on idiom usage. Instead, now there is a greater emphasis on sentence correction questions that require you to examine the meaning of the sentence before arriving at your final answer.

Q: What is the structure of a GMAT sentence correction question?

You will be presented with a sentence containing an underlined portion. This underlined portion is the portion of the sentence that potentially needs to be rewritten. You are then presented with 5 answer choices - effectively 5 different ways of rewriting that same underlined portion of the sentence and it is your job to pick which of those 5 ways of writing is most clear and properly conveys the original intention of the sentence.

Answer choice (A) will always be exactly the same as the underlined portion. So from a time-saving perspective, you should always read the sentence with an emphasis on the underlined portion. And then from there you can skip over to answer choice (B) since (A) is exactly the same as what you just read before in the original sentence.

Q: Is it possible to have the entire sentence underlined?

Yes, it is possible to have the entire sentence underlined. These kinds of sentence correction questions are designed to eat up more of your time. Sometimes they can be more complicated. But on the flip side, sometimes it is easier to eliminate answer choices because there are more things that can be wrong with one of the answer choices. All it takes is one awkward phrasing in one part of an answer choice, and you can eliminate that answer choice as a legitimate contender.

Q: How many sentence correction questions will be on my exam?

You will see either 14 or 15 sentence correction questions out of the total 41 verbal questions. In other words, just over a third of your questions will be sentence correction questions. The remaining ones in verbal will be critical reasoning and reading comprehension.

Q: I did poorly on my first diagnostic set of questions for SC? Is there any hope?

Well, the good thing about sentence correction is that it is generally the easiest section to improve. After all, there are only so many ways the GMAC folks can test you on how to structure a sentence. You will need to get familiar with a variety of sentence structures and phrasing. But it is equally important to develop the ability to spot what the GMAT guys are testing you on. There are booby traps all throughout the GMAT sentence correction section. If you can smell the booby trap ahead of time, it'll be that much easier to avoid the wrong answers and that much easier to arrive at the correct ones.

You might have the mental block in your mind that is preventing you from making progress. For example, some of you might be thinking that just because you are a non-native English speaker, that there is no way for you to improve on this section. This is absolutely not true. We have had a multitude of non-native English speakers who have improved tremendously on their verbal score. It's all about seeing things that you didn't see before.

Generally speaking, you want to minimize the amount of time you spend on sentence correction so that you can free up time on the more time-intensive questions like critical reasoning and reading comprehension. A lot of the questions in SC don't even require you to read the entire answer or all of the entire answer choices. Remember, you want to think smart. And often times, thinking smart means only looking at the portions of a question that you absolutely need to. Don't waste time on answer choices that don't matter. Conquer these sentence corrections and you'll be in much better shape for those critical reasoning and reading comprehension questions that count more towards your overall 800 score.

Q: Can you give me an example of why Verbal is important?

Sure. This student aced Quant with Q49, but still could not get over a 620. Why? Because his Verbal was stuck at V25. It was not until he took GMAT Pill that he brought verbal and his overall score over 700.

Q: What are the 10 Core Frameworks?

The 10 core frameworks are 10 ways to approach GMAT sentence corrections that we created here at the GMAT Pill. Almost every type of sentence correction question can be grouped into one of these 10 core frameworks. Understanding these frameworks and knowing how to apply them to GMAT questions is the key to acing the GMAT sentence correction section.

Q: How many videos do you have covering the 10 Core Frameworks?

We have 30 videos explaining the core frameworks and another 35 videos teaching you how to apply these frameworks to realistic GMAT questions. In total, we've narrowed down everything you need to know for sentence correction in just 300 minutes (5 hours). Review these videos at your own pace.

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Q: Can I watch SC Videos on my iPad?

Yes! You can even download these videos onto your iPad so you can view them on the train, on the, on the subway, or anywhere else on-the-go. Simply find our app in the iPad section of the app store. The name of the app is "GMAT Pill HD" - from there, you can go into your settings panel and select which videos you would like to download. You can even select entire sections to be downloaded over night so they are ready on your device in the morning.

Q: Do you have video solutions for OG13?

Yes, you can view them here. Not all of them are posted but a good amount are there. Be sure to get a copy of your Official Guide.








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Core Framework #1: Active Voice & Clarity

Core Framework #2: Apples & Oranges

Core Framework #3: Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence

Core Framework #4: Split Sentences

Core Framework #5: Idioms

Core Framework #6: X & Y Consistency

Core Framework #7: Singular/Plural and Subject-Verb Agreement

Core Framework #8: Laundry Lists and Long Sentences

Core Framework #9: Past-Present-Future

Core Framework #10: Onion Layers

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