For example, a person who has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and wants to apply for a Master's in Computer Science, has not studied some of the pre-required courses for an admission in the Computer Science program. In other words, he is deficient in some of the CS courses. For this reason, he takes a few extra short to ________ his deficiency.

What word should fill in that blank?

"I took the course titled ABC from the institute XYZ in order to _____ my deficiency, as I have not studied the course AZX in my undergraduate."

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There are a number of possibilities:

1) Correct

2) Remedy "to provide or serve as a remedy for"

Of the two, "to correct a deficiency" is rather more common.enter image description here Ngram

  • Thanks a bunch. By the way, did you make that graph yourself? If so, what program did you use?
    – Solace
    Sep 19, 2015 at 2:57
  • @Solace - That's Google Books' NGram books.google.com/ngrams Sep 19, 2015 at 3:23
  • Often the adjective form remedial is used in AmE to refer to classes designed especially for students who need to "catch up" to college level in a certain subject. Remedial English. Remedial Math. These are for students who were admitted to the college despite deficiencies in their preparatory (High School) education. A fun word for "knowlege you have to acquire before you can embark on a particular course of study" is propaedeutic. If it's just one class that has to precede another in a series, it's [a] prerequisite Sep 19, 2015 at 11:15

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