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Idioms and Sentence Correction - a message from GMAC

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Idioms and Sentence Correction - a message from GMAC

by beatthegmat » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:31 am
The good folks at GMAC (makers of the GMAT) sent this message to Beat The GMAT this morning, to share with our community:
Idioms, Sentence Correction, and the GMAT Exam

Recently there has been some discussion and questioning about the role and place of idioms and sentence correction as they apply to the skills tested in the GMAT exam. Much of what has been written has been well-reasoned, but some of what has been written is only partially accurate or reflects some misconceptions. With this posting, I hope to put these two important pieces of the GMAT exam in their proper place within the context of what the exam measures and how.

Idioms:

The general categories of language-use skill tested in GMAT Sentence Correction items haven't changed, and test takers do not need to do anything different to prepare for the Verbal section of the GMAT exam.

For years, GMAC has paid close attention to the growing international make-up of GMAT test takers and has worked to assure that the exam is not viewed as -- nor is it actually -- an American test. As the GMAT exam has expanded globally and been taken by more students from around the world, GMAC has continually made extra efforts to ensure that newly introduced GMAT items do not depend on familiarity with distinctively American expressions and usages. We have taken steps all along the way to ensure global fairness and appropriateness.

Still, every language everywhere in the world consists of idioms, or standard constructions that are not literally derived from the most basic rules of grammar and vocabulary. Some Sentence Correction items continue to pose reasoning tasks that incorporate English-language, NOT American, idioms. These are not intended to test specialized knowledge of colloquialisms and regionalisms.

Grammar in Sentence Correction:

In recent years, GMAT item writers have been concentrating on the reasoning aspects rather than the purely grammatical aspects of Sentence Correction skills. As always, test takers need to carefully read the prompt in order to choose the answer that produces the most effective sentence. This means that whereas two sentences may both be grammatically appropriate, the correct answer is the sentence that is most "effective" -- the sentence that better expresses the idea.

The end result is a GMAT exam that doesn't test simply a person's ability to memorize grammatical rules or recognize idioms for their colloquial meanings, but a test that rewards reasoning regardless of the test taker's background.

The recent back and forth around whether idioms are in or out or how Sentence Correction works ignores the fact that the core purpose of the exam hasn't ever changed, even as the way we treat certain categories in order to meet the needs of our ever expanding marketplace may have. The GMAT exam tests higher-order reasoning, and preparing for the exam remains an exercise in developing and exercising those skills.

-- Lawrence M. Rudner, GMAC vice president of research and development and chief psychometrician
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by jzw » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:19 pm
beatthegmat wrote:The good folks at GMAC (makers of the GMAT) sent this message to Beat The GMAT this morning, to share with our community:
Seriously - is it a crazy idea to ask the GMAC people to create a profile and answer questions too?

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by ronnie1985 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:42 am
GMAC doing it's bit...

Well it is logical as well.

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by bhaski.raghu » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:41 am
Well, GMAC is keeping us informed. Thanks
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by eski » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:52 am
Its logical and accepted .

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by BTG14 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:26 am
The end result is a GMAT exam that doesn't test simply a person's ability to memorize grammatical rules or recognize idioms for their colloquial meanings, but a test that rewards reasoning regardless of the test taker's background.

Really GMAT is becoming harder and harder...

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by [email protected] » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:04 pm
Milan wrote:The end result is a GMAT exam that doesn't test simply a person's ability to memorize grammatical rules or recognize idioms for their colloquial meanings, but a test that rewards reasoning regardless of the test taker's background.

Really GMAT is becoming harder and harder...
I think focusing on logic and meaning is much easier than trying to memorize idioms.
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by sahilchaudhary » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:28 pm
Thanks GMAC and BTG for informing the GMAT test takers.
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by danielle07 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:27 pm
Thanks for the information.

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by victoria_18 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:50 am
Thanks a lot! it really helps!

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by Ali Tariq » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:19 pm
Good knowledge of Idioms as used in GMAT SCs can be useful.

I will post a list of all the idioms that have appeared in official questions in future for the general benefit of test-takers.

Please allow me some time to compile a comprehensive list.

It will, I strongly believe, be a huge pain killer for test takers from non-native countries.
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Re: Idioms and Sentence Correction - a message from GMAC

by namokshi » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:04 am
Very good work done.

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Re: Idioms and Sentence Correction - a message from GMAC

by gentvenus » Sat May 02, 2020 12:30 pm
namokshi wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:04 am
Very good work done.
Agree with namokshi there. Very good sharing indeed!

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Re: Idioms and Sentence Correction - a message from GMAC

by rushi5656 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:27 am
thank you so much ali(instructor).these kind of efforts add up in the end.

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Re: Idioms and Sentence Correction - a message from GMAC

by PhillipZhang87 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:02 am