Special Message on how to solve Sentence Correction Problems
The majority of people tend to have difficulty on sentence question problems. I hope this message is of help.
The Sentence Correction problems on the GMAT test you on the following:
1) Grammar: Does the sentence adhere to the rules of Standard Written English?
2) Meaning: Is the meaning of the sentence obvious and unambiguous?
3) Concision: Is the sentence written as economically as possible?
In order to complete the Verbal Section, including the time consuming Reading questions, you should take no more than 90 seconds on average to answer a Section Correction question. You should consider setting your goal to 1 minute per Sentence Correction Question.
The key to answering Sentence Correction questions within this Time Frame is to divide the answer choices after you have read the given sentence. You should follow these steps:
1. Write down “A B C D E” on your paper.
2. Read the sentence, noting any obvious errors you see.
3. Scan the answer choices vertically. Do not focus on reading these questions; you should look for differences among answer choices.
4. Choose a difference among the sentence for which you know the grammatical rule and which you know which difference is correct.
5. On your paper, cross out the answer choices that include the incorrect difference.
6. Compare the remaining answer choices by re-dividing the answer choices based on new differences among answer choices. Continue to find differences in the answer choices, but make sure you only use the answer choices that remain.
7. Continue to divide and find differences among answer choices until you have one answer left.
I sincerely hope this was of help to you.
-David: Customer Care