How to do well on the sentece completion section
The critical reading section has a sentence completion section which often gives students problems
1. Skip if taking too much time but mark it to recall.
2. Deduction is essential. Eliminate one blank at a time. With two-blank questions, try eliminating some answers based on just one blank. If one word in an answer doesn't make sense in the sentence, then you can rehect the entire choice.
3. Look at + and – and the double negatives. Be aware that some of the most difficult sentence completion questions conttain negatives, which can make following the logic of the sentences challenging.
4. Much of it relates to adj and adv and their noun forms.
5. Transitional words are important – underline them, Eg but, although, however, even though, therefore. Keep in mind that introductory and transitional words are extremely important. They can be the key to figuring out the logic of a sentence
6. Use your own synonym before choosing the ones given.
7. Guess the blank before looking at the choices. Figure out what sort of word(s) should fill the blank(s) before looking at the choices; then look for a choice that is similar to the one(s) you thought of.
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Nevin Blumer (MA Applied Linguistics, BEd, TESL DIpl) is the TPS Director and instructor for SAT for over 20 years.