The GMAT Sentence Correction is a section that would make many a bright student sweat in panic. Even students who have good command over grammar often complain how mind boggling the Sentence Correction segment of GMAT is. But, in truth, all this hue and cry over this segment is nothing. The trick to cracking the Sentence Correction in GMAT is observation. Most students have the habit of rushing through questions, without observing or understanding the question. This is why they have spotting errors that would seem glaring to an observant eye.
Here are a few tricks that can help you get through the Sentence Correction section of the GMAT:
- Idiomatic Errors
One of the common mistakes that you can spot in the options are idiomatic errors. Go through the given question carefully and check for use of different prepositions in the given options. This will help you easily weed out wrong options and arrive at the right alternative.
- Use of Few and Less
If the given question uses a numerical quantity look for the use of few or few and less or lesser. Few is used to describe a countable quantity whereas less is used to describe an uncountable quantity. Similarly, check for redundancies in the statement. By observing acutely, you will be able to pick out the right choice.
- Consider logic
If you have eliminated all the unlikely options and are now down to the last two options, compare logic and see which one makes more sense.
- Eliminating wordy options
If ain you are down to the last two options and cannot figure out which is right, do not simply eliminate the longer, wordy version. Compare it with the other option and see if it has any errors. If you think the shorter, crisper sentence is free of errors, you can then eliminate the other option.
- Comparing comparisons
If the question involves comparisons, see if the comparison is complete. For instance, if the phrase ‘as high…’ does not have as at the end, then the comparison is not complete. If you find comparative phrases, hunt for mistakes.
- Analysing the adjective clause
If you see the use of a ‘which’ in the given sentence, check the question once more. Just as an adjective would describe a noun, an adjective clause should modify a noun. If you find this missing in the question given to you, look for the option that brings out this missing element.
With careful analysis of the sentence and comparison, you can easily eliminate the similar looking options. As you practice more and more, you will understand that once you get a hang of it, the differences in the options will be more visible. If you want to crack the sentence correction segment, it is imperative that you strengthen your grammar skills and practice as much as you can. The more you practice, the easier the segment gets. So do not lose patience. Keep calm and work hard!