PSAT Writing : Identifying No Error Questions

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #61 : 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.

Despite the odd smell and the suspicious noise it made when I turned left too quickly, the old car served its basic function of traveling down the road. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

and the suspicious noise 

when

Despite

served

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Despite” works with the logic of the sentence, “and the suspicious noise” is grammatically parallel to “odd smell,” “when” introduces the dependent clause appropriately, and “served” is in the correct tense.

Example Question #61 : 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.

Performers are starting to move their art outdoors; they seek to engage a new audience by bringing theater to the sidewalks and public parks. No error

Possible Answers:

and

No error

are starting

they 

by bringing

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! The progressive tense works for “are starting,” “they” agrees with “performers,” “by bringing” is a correctly phrased transition, and “and” is the logical conjunction.

Example Question #61 : 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 agency’s response was swift and thorough: all agents were immediately removed from the field and told not to disclose any details of the incident. No error

Possible Answers:

immediately

told

swift and thorough

agency's response

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Agency’s response” is a correctly-formed possessive, “swift and thorough” are two adjectives coordinated correctly, “immediately” is an adverb that modifies a verb, and “told” is a verb in the correct tense.

Example Question #35 : 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.

I found it bothersome that the saleswoman said the cheetah-print ottoman did not come in purple, especially since we special ordered one to match our living room’s color palette. No error

Possible Answers:

said

especially

No error

bothersome

one

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Bothersome” is an adjective that describes a pronoun, “said” is a verb in the correct tense, “especially” is an adverb that is used appropriately, and “one” is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent.

Example Question #81 : 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.

Stooping down to tie her shoe, Margaret saw a tiny note scribbled onto the wall only a few inches above the floorNo error

Possible Answers:

above the floor

Stooping down

saw

saw

scribbled

No error

Stooping down

scribbled

above the floor

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Stooping down” uses a conventional combination of verb and preposition, “saw” is in the correct tense, “scribbled” is also in the correct tense, and “above the floor” is an appropriate prepositional phrase.

Example Question #82 : 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.

Despite her insistence that Halloween was her favorite holiday, Melanie could never remember whether it was the 30th or 31stNo error

Possible Answers:

was

could never remember

it

No error

her

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Her” is a pronoun that agrees with “Melanie,” “was” is a verb in the correct tense, “could never remember” is an appropriate combination of verb and adverb, and “it” is a pronoun that agrees with “Halloween.”

Example Question #43 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

Upon the discovery that she couldn’t completely open her right eye, Joanna decided it was finally time to visit a doctor. No error

Possible Answers:

eye, Joanna

was

completely

Upon the discovery

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Upon the discovery” is an appropriate idiomatic use of a preposition, “completely” is an adverb that modifies a verb, the comma between “eye” and “Joanna” is grammatical, and “was” is a verb in the correct tense.

Example Question #2682 : Sat Writing

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

Seeking radical change in the way his second grade classroom was run, Joey tried to mobilize the students and motivate them to form a student union. No error

Possible Answers:

them

Seeking

was run

in the way

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Seeking” is a gerund verb that starts a correct modifying phrase, “in the way” is a conventional prepositional phrase, “was run” is an appropriate use of the passive voice, and “them” is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent “the students.”

Example Question #881 : 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.

Margaret was full of nagging doubts; she couldn’t remember if Wednesday or Thursday was the last time she had seen her pet tarantula. No error

Possible Answers:

full of

doubts; she

No error

had seen

Wednesday or Thursday

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Full of” is a conventional combination of adjective and preposition, the semi-colon between “doubts” and “she” is grammatical, “Wednesday or Thursday” is coordinated correctly, and “had seen” is in the correct tense.

Example Question #82 : 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.

She found the cheerful, busy atmosphere of the café to be energizing, but her favorite place to spend time remained the reading room of the library. No error

Possible Answers:

remained

but

to be

No error

cheerful, busy

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Cheerful, busy” is a correct combination of adjectives modifying a noun, “to be” is a conventional way to follow the very “found,” “but” is a logical conjunction, and “remained” is a verb in the correct tense.

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