This is especially true for test takers who are confident in their English language knowledge. However, it turns to be quite challenging and full of traps. Find the perspective and advice of the experts from GMAT Tutor:
The GMAT Sentence Correction section tends to trip up test takers. Although you might be feeling overwhelmed about the amount of content you’ll need to understand, we’re here to help you get started!
Here are a few concepts to note when gearing up to prepare for Sentence Correction.
For starters, there are a number of grammatical areas which which you need to be familiar:
- Verb tenses
- Subject/verb agreement
- Comparisons and parallelism
- Pronoun usage
You might be looking at this list and thinking it’s too much to master. However, there are a number of common elements that should serve as an anchor throughout many Sentence Correction problems. For example, expect a good dose of Subject-Verb agreement questions, in which you’ll want to make sure both elements agree in quantity and tense.
Additionally, focus on understanding the relationship between pronouns and antecedents. Many of the questions you’ll see in the Sentence Correction section will ask you to correct these kinds of issues. These issues are similar to Subject-Verb agreement problems, in that you’ll need to ensure you have a firm grasp of how antecedents change depending on quantity and tense.
Idioms can be particularly tricky. Not only do they come up less frequently on the GMAT than many of the other areas, they’re fairly nuanced and need to be handled on a case-by-case basis. To get a better grasp of how to correctly identify and use idioms, this is where we’d suggest some supplemental reading. As always, opinion pieces like you’ll find on The Economist are a great place to start, but make sure to include some sort of supplemental reading materials into your study plan to see how the most seasoned writers are using idioms.