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When to Choose “A” on GMAT Sentence Correction

GMAT Tip of the Week for the Week of December 5, 2011

This week’s GMAT tip* concerns the frequency of answer choice “A” being the correct answer on GMAT sentence correction questions. Check out this video to learn more:

GMAT Tip of the Week: The most common error on GMAT sentence correction sentences is “No Error” — in which case, of course, the correct answer choice is “A.” What this means is simply that of all the possible grammar errors that can appear in a sentence on the GMAT, you’re not likely to see those errors more than a couple times each, whereas you’ll see “no error” approximately 1/5 of the time (3-4 questions).

Now, that said, if you read the original sentence and don’t immediately detect and error, you don’t want to automatically choose answer choice “A.” Instead, you should first filter the sentence through all of the most commonly tested points of English Grammar, which are taught in detail with specific GMAT applications in our “Sentence Correction – Part 2” lesson. Only after you do that, if you still don’t detect an error, should you choose “A.” But once you do, feel confident in that decision — it is the most common error, after all!

* Each week, one of the GMAT experts at Dominate the GMAT shares a valuable GMAT test-taking tip, strategy, trick, or content item. These tips are designed to augment your GMAT study program and provide you with additional information that will help you improve your GMAT score.