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Grammar and Usage
In the following sentences, four parts of each sentence are underlined. If you think any one of the underlined parts is incorrect, choose the letter under that part as your answer. If you think the sentence is correct as written, choose (E) as your answer. Please note: read together, all of the sentences in this section make up a story.
Hunter College High School became co-ed in 1974 as a result of a lawsuit by Hunter College Elementary School parents, a development which was described by the New York Daily News with the headline "Girlie High Gets 1st Freshboys". In January 1982, the school was featured in a New York Magazine article entitled "The Joyful Elite.” No error
The Correct Answer is E. There is no error.
The high school has occupied a number of buildings throughout it’s history, including one at the East 68th Street campus of the College (1940–1970). For several years in the 1970s, it was housed on the 13th and 14th floors of an office building at 466 Lexington Avenue (at East 46th Street). No error
The Correct Answer is D. Sentence should read its, not it’s
Since 1977, it has existed in a nearly windowless structure at East 94th Street between Park or Madison Avenues on the Upper East Side. No error
The Correct Answer is D. Whenever you see the word BETWEEN, always choose AND, not OR. Also, use the word BETWEEN when you compare two things exactly. When you compare three things or more, use AMONG.
Formerly, this was the site of the 94th Street Armory; Today, part of the armory's empty shell (including two abandoned towers) stretches for the entire block of Madison Avenue in front of the school. No error
The correct answer is C. After a semicolon (;), you need a lower case letter, not an upper case letter. RULE: A semicolon (;) is stronger than a comma (,) but it is weaker than a period (.). A semicolon (;) connects two similarly related ideas.
The greater part of the armory building has been demolished. Designed to resemble the previous structure, the school is known for its near absence of sunlight, poor ventilation, and low air quality. No error
The Correct Answer is E. There is no error here.
Because of its architectural peculiarities, Hunter is often called "The Brick Prison." Its "inmates" is housed in this building from grades K through 12, since it contains both the high school and Hunter College Elementary (collectively known as the Hunter College Campus Schools). No error
The Correct Answer is C. Inmates ARE housed because inmates ARE plural.
Admission to the high school is only granted in seven grade, and is a two-step procedure. Students from the five boroughs of New York City with strong scores on standardized tests are eligible to take the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam in the January of their sixth grade school year. Eligible students must first meet Hunter's standards in reading and mathematics proficiency on fifth grade standardized exams. No error
The Correct Answer is A. Seventh grade, not seven.
For example, in 2011, sixth grade students that wished to enter Hunter during the 2011–2012 school year must have achieved scores of at least 689 out of 770 on the reading test and 722 out of 780 on the math test, that is, scores in the 90th-and-above percentile of all test takers. No error
The Correct Answer is A. Sixth graders are PEOPLE and PEOPLE are always WHO not THAT.
The admissions test have thirty-five multiple-choice mathematics questions, sixty multiple-choice English questions, and an essay-writing portion. No error
The Correct Answer is A. ONE admissions test HAS; many admissions tests HAVE. RULE: One teacher teaches; many teachers teach. You can only have the “S” once.
Out of about 3,000 test-takers, about 175 is offered admission on the basis of the exam. This 6.6% admissions rate, not considering the many students denied the chance to take the exam because they did not meet the state exam requirements, makes Hunter one of the most selective high schools in the nation. No error
The Correct Answer is B. 175 ARE not IS. Plural is always ARE.
Approximately 50 students from Hunter College Elementary School also enter the 7th grade class each year annually. Beginning with incoming students in the 2010–2011 school year, elementary school students must make ‘satisfactory progress' by fifth grade in order to gain admission to the high school. No error
The Correct Answer is B. Here, you are being redundant. There is no need to have the word annually if you already have each year. The word annually means each year and therefore should be deleted from this sentence.
Prior to this, students at Hunter College Elementary School was guaranteed admission into the high school. No error
The Correct Answer is B. Students WERE guaranteed admission, not WAS.
In total, entering 7th grade class contain approximately 225 students. No error
The Correct Answer is B. One class CONTAINS, but many classes CONTAIN. RULE: one teacher TEACHES; many teachers TEACH
Most students, commonly known as "Hunterites," that enter the high school remain there through their senior year. No error
The Correct Answer is C. Students are people, and people are always WHO not THAT.
In eighth grade, some Hunter students take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test to transfer to other competitive public high schools in New York City, although most choose to stay at Hunter. No error
The Correct Answer is E. There is no grammatical error here.
The graduating class usually retain about 200 students. No error
The Correct Answer is C. The graduating class RETAINS not retain. Remember, one teacher TEACHES but many teachers TEACH. You can only have the “S” once.
The total enrollment from grades 7 through 12 are approximately 1,200 students. no error.
The correct answer is C. One enrollment IS; many enrollments ARE
Hunter is a open campus, allowing students to go outside during lunch and free periods.no error.
The Correct Answer is A. Hunter is AN OPEN campus, not A. Before a vowel, you must use the article AN not A.