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You Are Not the Decision-Maker on Sentence Correction

You Are Not the Decision-Maker on Sentence Correction

This tip for improving your GMAT score was provided by David Newland at Veritas Prep.

The Winter Olympics are coming in February, and that means judges will be making difficult decisions in choosing the winners. The good news on sentence correction is that you are not like an Olympic judge; you do not have to choose the winner. The correct answer has already been chosen by the test makers; you just have to recognize it.

The true decision-maker in sentence correction is not you. It is the portion of the sentence that controls the decision point. As described in the Veritas Prep Sentence Correction book, a decision point is “a difference in the answer choices that is used to help eliminate one or more answers.” The decision-maker is a term that means the portion of the sentence that controls the decision point. Essentially, sentence correction can be described as the process of bringing together the decision point and the decision maker.