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 35938 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 2: Baroque Style Musicians
 
  That VS Which 27639 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 3: Milky Way Galaxy
 
  X & Y Consistency 31928 40% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 2  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 4: Lion Whiskers
  Idioms, Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 22198 73% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 5: Hospital Survival
  Idioms 17023 76% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 6: Financial Crisis
  Apples & Oranges, Phrasing 15456 76% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 3  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 7: 4 Hour Workweek
  Idioms: That VS Which 14126 69% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 8: Chopin Ballad
  X & Y Consistency 13544 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 9: Galileo and the Earth
  Active Voice & Clarity 11675 93% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 4  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 10: Pig Cells
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 10810 86% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 11: Water Pollution
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 11411 69% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 12: Bach Cello Suite
  Idioms 12641 42% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 5  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 13: Mom Shopping
  Past | Present | Future 10222 90% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 14: Speed Limit
  X & Y Consistency 12361 44% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 15: Congress and Taxes
  Idioms 12531 36% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 6  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 16: Treasury Tax Plan
  Apples & Oranges 10737 52% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 17: Sacagawea Dollar Coin
  Apples & Oranges 11331 43% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 18: Graduating Medical Students
  Apples & Oranges 10538 51% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 7  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 19: Bird Sense of Smell
  X & Y Consistency 9442 52% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 20: Transplants
  Apples & Oranges, Split Sentences 8881 52% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 21: Environmentalists
  Idioms 8505 56% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 8  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 22: College Graduation
  Idioms 7747 73% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 23: Delinquent Behavior
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 7771 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 24: Economic Conditions
  X & Y Consistency 8973 52% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 9  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 25: Healthcare Benefits
  Apples & Oranges 13048 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 26: Harry Potter
  Apples & Oranges, Laundry Lists & Long Sentences 9903 52% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 27: Fireside Chats
  Idioms, Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 7517 78% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 10  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 28: Pennsylvania Farmers
  Pronoun Precedence 7852 89% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 29: Diagnose Illness
  Singular Vs Plural 7808 51% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 30: Department of Agriculture
  Apples Vs Oranges 6943 78% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 11  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 31: Egg-laying Mammals
  Apples & Oranges 7085 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 32: Carrying Packages
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence, Split Sentences 7172 59% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 33: Tampering with Records
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 8250 53% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 12  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 34: Former Chair and Board Member
  Meaning 8141 41% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 35: Anasazi settlements
  Phrasing 7221 61% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 36: Protested missionary
  Phrasing 8652 30% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 13  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 37: massive planets
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 6684 64% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 38: Electronics Company
  Phrasing 6923 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 39: hopeful signs
  Apples & Oranges 12904 15% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 14  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 40: Sports Medicine Programs
  X & Y Consistency 7780 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 41: computer company
  Idiomatic Usage (doing X vs to do X) 7204 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 42: Achaemenid empire of Persia
  Subject-Verb, Phrasing 7541 42% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 15  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 43: Incipient Signs of Trouble
  Split Sentences | Phrasing 7018 40% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 44: Water Purification
  Linking Verbs 6565 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 45: Black American Authors
 
  Phrasing | Being 6761 59% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 16  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 46: Deforestation
 
  Not Only, But Also (X&Y Consistency) 7688 33% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 47: Before the Storm, a Popular Destination
  Past/Present/Future 5982 47% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 48: Increased Fuel Efficiency
  -ING verbs and X&Y Consistency 5679 67% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 17  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 49: Caspian Sea
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence (, WHICH) 5735 79% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 50: African American Soldiers
  Phrasing 6302 38% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 51: Charles Darwin Natural Selection
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 5819 58% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 18  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 52: Largest Library of Ancient World
  Phrasing 5136 72% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 53: Photography in Southwest
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 5052 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 54: Life on Jupiter Moon
  Phrasing 5725 37% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 19  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 55: Athenian Women
  Phrasing 5465 47% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 56: Honeybee Stinger
 
  Phrasing 6664 40% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 57: Uniform Characters
  Split Sentence 4804 49% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 20  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 58: US General Bristow
  Past | Present | Future, Phrasing 3802 59% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 21  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 59: Percent Productivity
  Idiomatic Expression 7704 44% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 60: Comparing Salaries
  Apples & Oranges 9756 32% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 61: Amazon Plant Species
  Phrasing 5599 67% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 22  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 62: Nightclub Advertising Costs
  Apples & Oranges 6618 46% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 63: Causes of Skin Conditions
  Idiomatic Expression 4547 82% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 64: Regional Canal
  Phrasing 4692 63% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 23  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 65: Unusual Ceremony
  Phrasing 5776 46% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 66: Endangered Tigers
  ING-verbs, Laundry List 5338 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 67: Ancient Pyramid
  Phrasing 4618 74% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 24  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 68: Moulding Metals
  Split Sentence 5322 64% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 69: Inflation Percentage
  Apples & Oranges 5295 64% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 70: Learning Physics
  Apples & Oranges 4842 68% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 25  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 71: Annual Consumption Rate
  Phrasing 5396 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 72: Ancient ceremonies
  Phrasing 5315 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 73: Voting Machine Mistakes
  Laundry Lists, Long Sentences 4604 68% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 26  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 74: Drooping Leaves
  Active Voice & Clarity 4572 81% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 75: Excavation Discovery
  Phrasing 4170 79% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 76: Reticulated Pythons
 
  Phrasing 4508 51% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 27  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 77: Massive Rainfalls
  Phrasing 5217 50% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 78: Merchandisers
  Idiomatic Expression 4823 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 79: Ozone Depletion
  X & Y Consistency 4582 72% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 28  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 80: Geiger Counters & Atmosphere
  Phrasing 4383 91% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 81: Selling Shares to Public
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence, Split Sentences 4836 57% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 82: Krill and Species Adaptation
  Phrasing 4744 67% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 29  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 83: Galileos Astronomers
  Idiomatic Expression 4709 87% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 84: So-Lo-Mo
 
  Apples & Oranges 6535 32% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 85: Company Website
  Active Voice & Clarity, Singular Vs Plural 5002 53% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 30  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 86: Metropolitan Trains
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 5264 47% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 87: Customers and Furniture Stores
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 4148 75% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 88: Funds Being Misused
  Past | Present | Future, Phrasing 4308 70% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 31  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 89: Spiritual Dimension
  Referencing 4545 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 90: Hedge Fund Dumping
  X&Y Consistency, Subject Verb 4086 65% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 91: Master of Life
  Phrasing 4839 47% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 32  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 92: To As or Not to As
  Apples & Oarnges, Phrasing 5546 26% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 93: Child Learning
  Idiomatic Usage (indicate) 4482 56% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 94: Black Bee
  Phrasing 3517 83% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 33  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 95: High Priced Medicine
  X&Y Consistency 3950 72% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 96: Upetan Cultural Philosophy
  Phrasing 3620 67% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 97: Shakespeare
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 3770 91% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 34  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 98: Production Sector
  Past | Present | Future 4268 55% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 99: Federal Reserve Officials
  Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 4467 54% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 100: Trained Fighter Horses
  Idiomatic Usage 5321 37% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 35  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 101: Atmospheric Pollutants
  Phrasing 4487 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 102: Cyber Crimes
  Phrasing 5121 27% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 103: Diabetics in India
  Apples & Oranges, Phrasing 3928 64% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 36  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 104: Designers and Engineers
  X&Y Consistency 3526 71% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 105: True Story On Film
  Split Sentences | Phrasing 3520 68% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 106: Supreme Court Prosecution
  Phrasing 5495 21% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 37  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 107: Patent Laws
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 4767 49% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 108: Biotech Corporate Campus
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 3736 86% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 109: Hogwarts Blogger
  Parallelism 1838 49% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 38  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 110: Pierre Harmel Diplomacy
  Descriptive Phrase | Main Sentence 1653 89% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 111: Representative Votes of Cities
  Singular/Plural and Subject-Verb Agreement 1680 60% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 112: Stephen King Novels
  Descriptive Phrase, Main Sentence 1767 56% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 39  
GMAT Sentence Correction # 113: Solar Electricity
  Idioms 2772 34% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 114: Racing Skiier
  X & Y Consistency 2187 58% View Show
GMAT Sentence Correction # 115: Fighting For National Security B
  Idioms, Subject-Verb / Singular-Plural Agreement 1887 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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