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 26857 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 2: Baroque Style Musicians
 
  That VS Which 20817 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 3: Milky Way Galaxy
 
  X & Y Consistency 24239 40% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 2  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 4: Lion Whiskers
  Idioms, Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 16939 73% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 5: Hospital Survival
  Idioms 12732 76% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 6: Financial Crisis
  Apples & Oranges, Phrasing 11338 76% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 3  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 7: 4 Hour Workweek
  Idioms: That VS Which 10407 69% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 8: Chopin Ballad
  X & Y Consistency 10147 50% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 9: Galileo and the Earth
  Active Voice & Clarity 8771 93% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 4  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 10: Pig Cells
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 8013 85% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 11: Water Pollution
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 8582 69% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 12: Bach Cello Suite
  Idioms 9542 42% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 5  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 13: Mom Shopping
  Past | Present | Future 7724 90% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 14: Speed Limit
  X & Y Consistency 9157 44% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 15: Congress and Taxes
  Idioms 9341 35% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 6  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 16: Treasury Tax Plan
  Apples & Oranges 8180 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 17: Sacagawea Dollar Coin
  Apples & Oranges 8597 43% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 18: Graduating Medical Students
  Apples & Oranges 8040 50% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 7  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 19: Bird Sense of Smell
  X & Y Consistency 7074 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 20: Transplants
  Apples & Oranges, Split Sentences 6824 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 21: Environmentalists
  Idioms 6420 56% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 8  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 22: College Graduation
  Idioms 5809 73% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 23: Delinquent Behavior
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 5833 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 24: Economic Conditions
  X & Y Consistency 6960 52% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 9  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 25: Healthcare Benefits
  Apples & Oranges 10162 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 26: Harry Potter
  Apples & Oranges, Laundry Lists & Long Sentences 7735 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 27: Fireside Chats
  Idioms, Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 5610 78% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 10  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 28: Pennsylvania Farmers
  Pronoun Precedence 5724 89% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 29: Diagnose Illness
  Singular Vs Plural 5749 50% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 30: Department of Agriculture
  Apples Vs Oranges 5047 78% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 11  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 31: Egg-laying Mammals
  Apples & Oranges 5042 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 32: Carrying Packages
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence, Split Sentences 5472 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 33: Tampering with Records
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 6428 52% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 12  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 34: Former Chair and Board Member
  Meaning 5822 41% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 35: Anasazi settlements
  Phrasing 5241 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 36: Protested missionary
  Phrasing 6223 30% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 13  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 37: massive planets
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 5032 64% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 38: Electronics Company
  Phrasing 5232 57% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 39: hopeful signs
  Apples & Oranges 9353 15% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 14  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 40: Sports Medicine Programs
  X & Y Consistency 5981 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 41: computer company
  Idiomatic Usage (doing X vs to do X) 5547 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 42: Achaemenid empire of Persia
  Subject-Verb, Phrasing 5773 42% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 15  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 43: Incipient Signs of Trouble
  Split Sentences | Phrasing 5187 41% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 44: Water Purification
  Linking Verbs 4944 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 45: Black American Authors
 
  Phrasing | Being 5148 59% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 16  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 46: Deforestation
 
  Not Only, But Also (X&Y Consistency) 5737 32% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 47: Before the Storm, a Popular Destination
  Past/Present/Future 4416 47% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 48: Increased Fuel Efficiency
  -ING verbs and X&Y Consistency 4254 66% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 17  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 49: Caspian Sea
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence (, WHICH) 4179 78% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 50: African American Soldiers
  Phrasing 4465 37% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 51: Charles Darwin Natural Selection
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 4315 58% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 18  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 52: Largest Library of Ancient World
  Phrasing 3667 72% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 53: Photography in Southwest
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 3754 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 54: Life on Jupiter Moon
  Phrasing 4113 36% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 19  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 55: Athenian Women
  Phrasing 3756 46% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 56: Honeybee Stinger
 
  Phrasing 4478 39% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 57: Uniform Characters
  Split Sentence 3265 49% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 20  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 58: US General Bristow
  Past | Present | Future, Phrasing 2670 57% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 21  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 59: Percent Productivity
  Idiomatic Expression 5946 45% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 60: Comparing Salaries
  Apples & Oranges 7435 32% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 61: Amazon Plant Species
  Phrasing 4349 66% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 22  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 62: Nightclub Advertising Costs
  Apples & Oranges 4904 47% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 63: Causes of Skin Conditions
  Idiomatic Expression 3403 81% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 64: Regional Canal
  Phrasing 3598 63% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 23  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 65: Unusual Ceremony
  Phrasing 4337 46% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 66: Endangered Tigers
  ING-verbs, Laundry List 4005 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 67: Ancient Pyramid
  Phrasing 3474 73% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 24  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 68: Moulding Metals
  Split Sentence 4048 62% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 69: Inflation Percentage
  Apples & Oranges 3980 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 70: Learning Physics
  Apples & Oranges 3603 67% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 25  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 71: Annual Consumption Rate
  Phrasing 4078 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 72: Ancient ceremonies
  Phrasing 3947 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 73: Voting Machine Mistakes
  Laundry Lists, Long Sentences 3407 68% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 26  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 74: Drooping Leaves
  Active Voice & Clarity 3390 81% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 75: Excavation Discovery
  Phrasing 3091 78% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 76: Reticulated Pythons
 
  Phrasing 3331 50% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 27  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 77: Massive Rainfalls
  Phrasing 3953 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 78: Merchandisers
  Idiomatic Expression 3585 61% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 79: Ozone Depletion
  X & Y Consistency 3505 71% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 28  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 80: Geiger Counters & Atmosphere
  Phrasing 3300 91% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 81: Selling Shares to Public
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence, Split Sentences 3487 57% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 82: Krill and Species Adaptation
  Phrasing 3497 67% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 29  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 83: Galileos Astronomers
  Idiomatic Expression 3656 86% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 84: So-Lo-Mo
 
  Apples & Oranges 4830 31% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 85: Company Website
  Active Voice & Clarity, Singular Vs Plural 3684 53% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 30  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 86: Metropolitan Trains
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 3765 48% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 87: Customers and Furniture Stores
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 3010 74% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 88: Funds Being Misused
  Past | Present | Future, Phrasing 3290 68% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 31  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 89: Spiritual Dimension
  Referencing 3300 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 90: Hedge Fund Dumping
  X&Y Consistency, Subject Verb 2977 66% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 91: Master of Life
  Phrasing 3711 47% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 32  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 92: To As or Not to As
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 3992 25% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 93: Child Learning
  Idiomatic Usage (indicate) 3339 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 94: Black Bee
  Phrasing 2623 82% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 33  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 95: High Priced Medicine
  X&Y Consistency 2922 72% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 96: Upetan Cultural Philosophy
  Phrasing 2636 65% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 97: Shakespeare
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 2982 90% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 34  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 98: Production Sector
  Past | Present | Future 3162 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 99: Federal Reserve Officials
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 3300 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 100: Trained Fighter Horses
  Idiomatic Usage 3973 37% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 35  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 101: Atmospheric Pollutants
  Phrasing 3401 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 102: Cyber Crimes
  Phrasing 3645 25% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 103: Diabetics in India
  Apples & Oranges, Phrasing 2894 63% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 36  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 104: Designers and Engineers
  X&Y Consistency 2532 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 105: True Story On Film
  Split Sentences | Phrasing 2492 66% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 106: Supreme Court Prosecution
  Phrasing 4154 21% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 37  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 107: Patent Laws
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 3473 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 108: Biotech Corporate Campus
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 2812 85% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 109: Hogwarts Blogger
  Parallelism 805 49% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 38  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 110: Pierre Harmel Diplomacy
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 600 87% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 111: Representative Votes of Cities
  Singular/Plural and Subject-Verb Agreement 621 57% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 112: Stephen King Novels
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 669 56% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 39  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 113: Solar Electricity
  Idioms 991 36% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 114: Racing Skiier
  X & Y Consistency 734 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 115: Fighting For National Security B
  Idioms, Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 694 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?

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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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