# Section-by-Section Guide to GMAT Process of Elimination

Whether you’re working on a Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving, or Integrated Reasoning, process of elimination is still a hugely important strategy on the GMAT. However, each question should be approached slightly different.

## Sentence Correction (SC)

Process of elimination is perhaps most helpful on sentence correction questions. One strategy is to scan the answer choices vertically in order to spot where the choices begin to diverge in wording. If you’re using Prep4GMAT app, the x-ray feature will train your brain to spot patterns in the answer choices. For example, you might notice that A, C, and D use “have grown” while B and E use “has grown.” If in this scenario, you’re able to eliminate A, C, and D, and are now trying to decide between B and E, remember that GMAT questions often include several choices that would be considered grammatically correct, the question is which of the choices is the least awkward.

## Data Sufficiency (DS)

With Data Sufficiency, it’s all a numbers game. Remember that if statement 1 is insufficient or irrelevant to the question at hand, then choices A and D can immediately be eliminated. Similarly, if statement 2 is insufficient or irrelevant to the question, then choices B and D can immediately be eliminated. If you can determine that one of the statements is sufficient alone, then choices C and E can be eliminated.

## Critical Reasoning (CR)

One of the most common traps in critical reasoning is answers that “sound right” but go well beyond the scope of the information available. If the question asks you which answer weaken/strengthens the argument or asks you to find the assumption, look at the strength of the connection between the conclusion and the answer choices. If you’re down to the last two choices, and one of the choices only works if you really stretch things logically, it’s probably not the best option.