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GMAT Sentence Correction Questions — Format and Directions

The Sentence Correction question format is one of three basic ones you'll encounter during the GMAT Verbal section. This page lists the key features of GMAT Sentence Correction questions and provides the test directions for this format.

Features of GMAT Sentence Correction

Here are the key features of GMAT Sentence Correction questions:

How many: 14-15 questions

Where: In the 75-minute Verbal section, mixed with Reading Comprehension sets and Critical Reasoning questions

Format: A sentence, all or part of which is underlined, is followed by five different ways of phrasing the underlined part (you select one of the five choices by clicking on an oval)

Skills tested: Your facility with English grammar, sentence construction, word usage, and effective expression — but not punctuation or spelling

Directions for GMAT Sentence Correction

The following directions will appear on your screen just before your first Sentence Correction question, and you can access these directions while viewing any such question by clicking on the HELP button:

Directions: This question presents a sentence, all or part of which is underlined. Beneath the sentence you will find five ways of phrasing the underlined part. The first of these repeats the original; the other four are different. If you think the original is best, choose the first answer; otherwise choose one of the others.

This question tests correctness and effectiveness of expression. In choosing your answer, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, and sentence construction. Choose the answer that produces the most effective sentence; this answer should be clear and exact, without awkwardness, ambiguity, redundancy, or grammatical error.

To review these directions for subsequent questions of this type, click on HELP.