In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot goes through an introduction on sentence completion question types. She discusses what sentence completion questions are, sentence completion question types, vocabulary in context, logic-based questions, sentence completion strategies, and tips.
Sentence completion questions ask you to choose the correct word (or words) to fill in a blank (or blanks) in a sentence.
They are tests of your vocabulary and of your ability to reason.
They usually appear at the beginning of a Critical Reading section.
Sentence Completion Question Types
Sentence completion questions may have either one or two blanks.
questions ask you to choose the correct word for the context of the sentence. These questions derive their difficulty from their vocabulary.
Logic-based questions ask you to find the correct word or words for the context of a complicated (and logically complex) sentence. These questions derive their difficulty from the twists and turns of their logic.
These questions come in both one- and two-blank forms.
These questions still rely on your vocabulary, but also try to trick you with complicated sentence constructions. The meaning of the sentence changes frequently; you must know where you are to choose the right word.
Sentence-Completion Question Strategies
Pick a word, any word Before you look at the answer choices, ask yourself what kind of word might go in the blank. Then look for a word (or pair of words) that mean about the same thing as the word you chose.
Positives and negatives: On two-blank questions, use plus (+) and minus (-) symbols to indicate whether the word in each blank should be positive or negative.
Process of elimination: Use any method you can to eliminate answers you know are wrong. If you can eliminate at least two answers from a five-option question, the odds are in your favor even if you guess randomly from the remaining three.
Look for clue words in your sentences:
On two-blank questions, look for the relationship between the two words and the sequence of the blanks.
Never eliminate a choice unless you are sure of its meaning.
Use your knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes to decode unfamiliar words.
If you cant eliminate any of the answer choices, skip the question.
If you can only eliminate one answer choice, move on; come back later and see if you can eliminate at least one choice.
If you can eliminate at least two choices, feel free to guess, but the more choices you eliminate, the better your odds will be.
Read! The more you read, the more you will build your vocabulary, and the easier these questions will be.
Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.
Sentence Completion Question Types
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Educator.com recommends The Official SAT Study Guide published by The College Board, the administrators of the actual SAT test. In it, you will find additional practice questions and a review of all subjects, along with 10 official SAT practice tests. Our instructors work through several of the practice tests in real time, going through their thought processes and test-taking tips.
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