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When you see a GMAT sentence correction question pop up on your screen, there are several things you can do to boost your score. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Time is the Enemy

The biggest enemy on the GMAT test is time. If you had all weekend to take the GMAT, it would be a walk in the park. With the clock ticking down, each strategy you employ on the GMAT sentence correction questions must be designed for maximum accuracy and maximum efficiency.

For instance, the first answer choice is always just a restatement of the sentence as written above. While this answer has the same odds of being correct as any of the others, it is not worth the time and brain power reading that sentence again in your head. Although this will only save seconds, on the GMAT seconds count.

Separate the Wheat from the Chaff

At first glance, the answer choices to most GMAT sentence correction questions may provide you with another time-saving strategy. If you notice that there is a similarity in two or three of the answer choices that does not appear in the others, start your grammatical analysis of the sentence there. If you are able to figure out which construction is correct for that small part of the sentence, you can freely eliminate the answer choices that contain the improper structure.

The brain has a tough time thinking about five things at once. That is why standardized tests do not really need to contain content that is too terribly difficult to still result in a normal distribution. Most folks review each answer choice one at a time, eliminating them as they go. When time is the enemy, this is too inefficient. Do yourself a favor and look for those similarities.

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Business schools take GMAT scores very seriously. You would not walk into a potential employer’s office for a job interview and scribble down a resume in the waiting room, would you? Mastering the GMAT sentence correction questions are a great way to increase your score. Just like a math problem, there is always one right answer and four wrong ones It is quite unlike the Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning portions of the exam that ask you to pick the “best” answer. If you don’t prepare a GMAT sentence correction question strategy before you take the GMAT, you may give away points that would have been easy to grab.

A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago.

  1. making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
  2. and make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
  3. making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
  4. to make the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than five years ago
  5. in making the construction industry’s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago

Highlight to see answer: C

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A Labor Department study states that the numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase in the past decade and accounted for more than sixty-two percent of the total growth in the civilian work force.

  1. numbers of women employed outside the home grew by more than a thirty-five percent increase
  2. numbers of women employed outside the home grew more than thirty-five percent
  3. numbers of women employed outside the home were raised by more than thirty-five percent
  4. number of women employed outside the home increased by more than thirty-five percent
  5. number of women employed outside the home was raised by more than a thirty-five percent increase

Highlight to see answer: D

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A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.

(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be

Highlight to see answer: C

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A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.

  1. from a one-page writing sample that it can assess
  2. from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing
  3. the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing
  4. to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess
  5. being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,

Highlight to see answer: D

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