2021 GMAT book updates delayed (serious printing error in Official Verbal Review)

2021 GMAT book updates delayed (serious printing error in Official Verbal Review)

Update, 9/27/20: Because it is unclear when correctly printed copies of the Official GMAT Verbal Review 2021 will be available, I’ve decided to go ahead and release the book without Official Guide page numbers in the end-of-chapter indexes (the 2021 questions themselves are still listed). While this may pose a minor inconvenience, it seems vastly preferable to waiting indefinitely to release the 2021 updates. The book should be available on Amazon this coming week. 

Several weeks ago, I went to begin updating the Official Guide question indexes in The Complete GMAT Sentence Correction Guide and discovered a serious printing error in the 2021 edition of The Official GMAT Verbal Review: around 50 pages (pp. 329-376) were omitted from the book, or virtually the entire Sentence Correction portion. Most of the question are still reprinted in the explanation section, but still… some pages are also duplicated, and significant portion of the book is difficult to navigate. Someone clearly dropped the ball very hard on this one.

While I’ve managed to get most of the information necessary for the updates from a combination of the explanation section and the Amazon “preview” function (which includes a correctly paginated version of the book), there is still some information I cannot add without a correctly printed physical copy of the guide.

If you have purchased a copy of this book, PLEASE check to make sure that all the pages are included and in the proper order. At the Barnes & Noble locations I checked in New York City, all the books contained the error. At this point, it’s unclear how widespread the problem is; it could have affected only a portion of the print run, or the whole thing.

I notified the GMAC (apparently I’m the first person to notice this?), which is alerting Wiley (publisher), and hopefully the books will be reprinted correctly. In the meantime, if anyone happens to have a book that does not contain the error, please do let me know! I’d like to get the 2021 updates out as soon as possible.

Yes, the GMAT does test “so that” vs. “so as to”

Yes, the GMAT does test “so that” vs. “so as to”

Thank you to Soph Lundeberg at Soph-wise Tutoring in San Diego for calling this to my attention.

Soph wrote:

The following Magoosh blog claims the GMAT will not test “so as to” versus “so that,” and furthermore, the two are idiomatically acceptable.

 

 

The solution for #150 is on page 302. Erica’s solution says “All of other options are idiomatically unacceptable” but does not have any further explanation for why A, “so as to escape,” is wrong, whereas the longer construction, “so that she could escape” is correct. If two constructions are acceptable, “shorter = better”, right? 

 

I checked the Magoosh blog post, which claimed that the GMAT would never ask test-takers to choose between “so that” and “so as to,” and something really did not sit quite right about it.” There was just no way I would have bothered to put “so that” and “so as to” head to head in a question unless I’d actually seen the GMAC do so first. (more…)

10 Top GMAT Idioms

10 Top GMAT Idioms

If you look at many lists of GMAT® idioms, you’ll likely find dozens upon dozens of preposition-based constructions, e.g. insist oncharacteristic of, correlate with. Although the GMAT does sometimes test these types of idioms, it is important to understand that they are not the primary focus of the test. Because of an increase in the number of international students taking the exam, the GMAC has elected to shift the focus away from idiomatic American usage and toward more issues involving overall sentence logic.

That said, there are still a handful of fixed constructions that the GMAT does regularly test. Many, but not all, of these fall into the category of word pairs (aka correlative conjunctions). Particularly if you are not a native English speaker, you are best served by focusing on these constructions, which stand a high chance of appearing, as opposed to memorizing dozens of preposition-based idioms that have only a minuscule chance of being tested on any given exam. (more…)

What you need to know about “The Complete GMAT® Sentence Correction Guide”

What you need to know about “The Complete GMAT® Sentence Correction Guide”

I’m putting up this post because I’ve received a number of queries from people who are interested my The Complete GMAT® Sentence Correction Guide but who aren’t really sure what differentiates it from other guides on the market or whether it meets their needs. So instead of continuing to respond to people on a case-by-case, I thought I’d address some of the most common questions/concerns all in one place.

While the book does by necessity cover many of the same general concepts and strategies as the other books on the market, albeit with a different organization, there are a handful of key points that bear emphasizing.

First and most importantly: the book is designed as a “bridge” to the actual exam. All of the rules covered are derived exclusively from an in-depth study of GMAC-produced questions, and each chapter ends with a list of relevant questions from the Official Guide and Official Verbal guide. In addition, specific questions are periodically referenced during in-chapter discussions. Although there are categorized Official Guide question lists circulating online, there is no other published guide that includes this type of concept-by-concept breakdown. (more…)

What is a clause?

What is a clause?

“Clause” is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot in discussion about grammar. It’s one of those words that students often hear but whose meaning they tend not to be 100% sure of.

It’s certainly possible to study for the SAT®/ACT®/GMAT® without knowing the exact definition of a clause, but understanding what clauses are and how they work can make things a whole lot easier. (more…)

New! SAT/ACT and GMAT idiom lists

As part of my attempt to make thecriticalreader.com the official repository of all things related to SAT, ACT, and GMAT grammar, I’ve posted lists of preposition-based idioms for those tests. (For now, they’re the same as the ones in my SAT, ACT, and GMAT grammar books, but I will update them if I come across additional tests with other examples.)

For SAT/ACT idioms, click here.

For GMAT idioms, click here. (more…)