The correct answer to any of our sentence correction questions will have all of the following 4 characteristics: 1. No grammatical mistakes 2. Correct sentence structure 3. No diction errors 4. No changes to the sentence's intended meaning Also, it is important to note that we did not state that the correct answer is always the most concise one. While this often is the case, it does not always hold true. You may find that you need to resist the temptation to always select the shortest answer choice. If you've read the underscored text, you already know what it says. Keep in mind, however, that we are not saying to ignore choice A entirely. It will be correct approximately one fifth of the time. That said, we do recommend that you resist the temptation to overanalyze these questions or to assume that there is always a re-written answer choice that is better than the underlined segment presented in the question. Look out for multiple errors. A sentence might contain more than one error. A common fallacy that test-takers fall into is to find one error and then quickly choose the answer that corrects that mistake, without considering whether there are other errors in the sentence that an alternative answer choice might also address. The correct answer must correct all of the errors in the underlined text. Employ process of elimination wherever possible. The easiest way to use process of elimination in sentence correction questions is simply to eliminate any answer choices that are themselves grammatically incorrect. You can also eliminate any choices that alter the intended meaning of the sentence. If you are still unsure about how to answer a question even after narrowing your choices down to two, you will fare better by selecting the more concise of the remaining answer choices, provided that it does not use the passive voice. Do not worry about spelling or capitalization errors. The test writers do not test for these 2 errors. When in doubt, look for subtle differences among the different answer choices. Examining how answer choices differ from one another can also be a good way to determine what errors might be present in the underlined text. This technique can also help you fight the tendency to read so carefully for meaning that you overlook grammatical mistakes. Read the entire sentence a second time, inserting your selected answer choice. We have found this to be a very powerful tip for dealing with sentence correction questions. It can keep you from making careless mistakes that would harm your GMAT score. Trust your ears. If you become stuck, 'say' the choices in your head and then select the passage that sounds best to your ears. Most test takers, particularly native English speakers, have internalized many more grammar rules than they can explicitly identify.
Below you'll find our complete list of sentence correction worksheets. In this section, students practice identifying/correcting errors in sentences by rewriting them.
Below you will find our full list of printable Sentence completion worksheets to be used by teachers at home or in school. Just click on a link to open a printable PDF version of the desired worksheet. We hope you find them useful.