PSAT Writing : Identifying No Error Questions

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #13 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Some people think that they are better than everyone else, but others don't think highly enough of themselves. No error

Possible Answers:

everyone else

better

No error

highly enough of themselves

others

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is grammatically correct as written, and needs no stylistic improvements made to it.

Example Question #21 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Haiti, which suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010, is one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, where nearly eighty percent of the population lives below the poverty line. No error

Possible Answers:

in

No error

where

which

lives

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. None of the SAT's "go-to" errors are present in the sentence. Both the subject and verb of the sentence agree; "which" is used correctly; and the prepositions in the sentence are properly used as well.

Example Question #42 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The environmental activists successfully effected social change; the legislators decided to table the bill that would have allowed corporations to pollute local rivers with impunity. No error

Possible Answers:

would have allowed

No error

effected

with

to table

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

The difference between "effect" and "affect" is tested routinely on the SAT. "Effect" is a noun meaning the result of an action; "affect" is a verb meaning change. However, "effect" can also be used as a verb that means cause, so it is used correctly in the sentence. There are no errors in the sentence, so "No error" is the best option.

Example Question #43 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Lindsey, Krista, and Whitney pooled their allowances to buy a new game for them to share. No error

Possible Answers:

to buy

and Whitney

No error

their

for them to share

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence has no grammatical errors. It correctly utilizes the oxford comma to separate "Krista" from "Whitney" in the list of subjects, the plural pronoun "their," the infinitive "to buy," and the prepositional phrase "for them to share."

Example Question #41 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Charlie preferred tackling new and exciting challenges to repeating the same boring proceduresNo error

Possible Answers:

new and exciting

the same boring procedures

No error

preferred

to

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

The sentence is correct as written! "Preferred" is in the correct tense, "new and exciting" are adjectives modifying a noun, "to" is the correct word to make a comparison, and "the same boring procedures" is an appropriate noun phrase.

Example Question #41 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Joan always wanted to be a famous surgeon when she grew up, but my ambition was to be a landscape architect. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

famous

but

she

was to be a

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "Famous" is an adjective describing a noun, "she" is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent, "but" is the appropriate conjunction, and "was to be a" is a correct combination of verbs and an indefinite article.

Example Question #21 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Susan, a fabulous salsa dancer, is also a brilliant data analystNo error

Possible Answers:

brilliant

a fabulous salsa dancer

No error

is

analyst

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence contains no grammatical errors and needs to stylistic adjustments made to it.

Example Question #61 : Psat Writing Skills

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Unfortunately, the organization suffered from poor governance at the national levelNo error

Possible Answers:

suffered from

Unfortunately

poor

the national level

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. "Unfortunately" is an adverb modifying the sentence as a whole, "suffered from" uses the correct tense and preposition, "poor" is an adjective modifying a noun, and "the national level" is a correctly formed noun phrase.

Example Question #41 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Because of severe drought in the western half of the country, produce prices skyrocketedNo error

Possible Answers:

skyrocketed

western half

severe

No error

Because of

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! It's okay to start a sentence with "because" if you have a main clause after, "severe" is an adjective modifying a noun, "western half" is formatted correctly (no capitalization!), and "skyrocketed" is a verb in the correct tense.

Example Question #61 : Psat Writing Skills

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Never one to turn down a challenge, Pablo decided that he was going to revolutionize the classic canvas tote bag. No error

Possible Answers:

that

one

turn down

was going to revolutionize

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "One" is the appropriate pronoun, "turn down" is a verb in the correct tense, "that" is the correct relative pronoun, and "was going to revolutionize" is a correctly formed verb phrase.

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