Once you put in the hard work to know and detect GMAT sentence correction errors, you’re going to catch those mistakes all around you.
A recent example: one of my British friends and I were watching futbol (I’ll go with the Spanish spelling so as to not confuse sports), and I picked up on a weird (but commonly accepted) verb agreement error in futbol journalism—using a plural verb/pronoun to refer to a single team.
If you are referring to a singular entity, regardless of what it contains, is the subject singular or plural? Perhaps a silly question, and here are some perhaps really obvious examples:
The coach is…
The league is…
This team is…
BUT, then, take a look at these actual news stories from the European press:
“Real Madrid have a golden opportunity to open up a huge lead in the Champions League group stage…”
“AC … Read full post
It’s always a good time to do more GMAT Reading Comprehension practice. (You can get more practice with us by attending a free GMAT sample class!) This blog series will provide you with a reading comp passage, and we’ll walk through it step by step to allow you to practice and get answers and explanations at each stage. We’ll first break down this passage before moving on to any questions. Let’s get started!
The 1950s saw the emergence of the theory of andragogy, the process by which adults learn (as distinct from pedagogy, the theory of children’s learning processes). Educator Malcolm Knowles held that flexibility, informality, enthusiasm, and commitment from both student and teacher, as well as the ability to build upon extant knowledge, were all necessary aspects of adult education classes.
Knowles’s beliefs about adult learning had their roots in five assumptions. First, adults are self-directed, independent beings. … Read full post
If you haven’t already, visit our Data Sufficiency practice problem and give it a try on your own before reading the explanation.
To get this question correct, you must combine your knowledge of fundamental math concepts with use of the Kaplan Method and strategies for approaching Data Sufficiency. Here’s a breakdown:
The average formula is Average = Sum of the terms / Number of terms.
The average of m and n is (m + n) / 2 . The question stem says “Is (m + n) / 2 < 50 ?”
Remember, with a Yes/No Data Sufficiency question, you are looking at the statements and trying to determine whether they provide a consistent YES or NO answer to this question. A consistent answer of yes OR no is sufficient. An inconsistent answer (yes and no) is insufficient.
Statement (1): Sufficient. This statement says that (3m + 3n) / 2 … Read full post
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Here’s an example of the type of questions you’ll see in our upcoming GMAT Sample Class:
The youngest of 4 children has siblings who are 3, 5, and 8 years older than she is. If the average (arithmetic mean) age … Read full post
In honor of this week’s scary holiday, we present you with a couple of (semi) themed GMAT practice problems. Electrifying!
Need some help with tackling GMAT Sentence Correction questions? Check out our YouTube video for guidance.
Post your answers in the comments, and we’ll share the answer explanations in a blog post later this week.
1. Researchers have found that, on average one American should be struck by lightning every 13 days.
- A. one American should be struck by lightning every 13 days
- B. an American should be struck by lightning once in every 13 days
- C. lightning will strike some American once every 13 days
- D. every 13 days an American is struck by lightning
- E. every 13 days an American should be struck by lightning
2. Experiments designed to further our understanding of lightning are not as applicable to “ball lightning” as they are to normal lightning, because … Read full post
From a cursory glance, you can see that the GMAT takes you back to math you learned in high school. Look a bit deeper and you see that it actually takes you back much further than that, to math you learned in elementary school – integers, positive/negative, etc. One of the interesting things about the GMAT is that sometimes these throwbacks to simple math are used to create challenging critical thinking problems. The problem in the photo is one of those. Post your answer and your method in the comments below. We’ll post the answer shortly.
Alright GMATers, it’s time for the next question of the week. As usual, we will leave the answer off until you have had the chance to chime in. Post your answers and how you got there in the comments below. You can also answer the question on Facebook if that is more your thing. Here it is…
Three hundred students at College Q study a foreign language. Of these, 110 of those students study French, and 170 study Spanish. If at least 90 students who study a foreign language at College Q study neither French nor Spanish, then the number of students who study Spanish but not French could be any number from
a) 10 to 40
b) 40 to 100
c) 60 to 100
d) 60 to 110
e) 70 to 110
Step 1: Analyze the Question Since students are split into two potentially overlapping sets—those … Read full post
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