SAT Sentence Completion Tips Part 2

This sections covers the second part of the tips for the sentence completions sections of the SAT Test.

Now that you know that the SAT Sentence Completions follow a specific order of difficulty, it is important to look at some important tips on how to approach and excel at the sentence completion questions.

1. Do NOT look at the answer choices. You should always read the question first, and make sure you understand that question.

2. The answer choices are there only to confuse you. The more you look at them, the more frustrated you will get. Therefore, make sure that you come up with your own word for the sentence first before looking at the answer choices.

3. Once you have thought of a suitable word for your sentence, you can look down at the answer choices. The one that is the most similar in meaning to the word you thought of will be the answer.

4. Remember, since sentence completions follow an order of difficulty, the harder questions will have trap answer choices that will seem like the logical answer. Do NOT pick those choices outright. Read the questions, understand it, think of your own word, and only then look at the choices. You should never fall for the easy answer choice trap on the harder questions especially when you have no idea what the words mean.

5. If you don’t know what the words in the answer choices mean, you can always use elimination. You can eliminate the words that you KNOW can’t be the answer, and in that way, you improve your odds at getting the question right.

6. All words can be classified into the Positive/Negative Category. If you have a feeling that the answer choice should be a positive word, you can easily eliminate the negative answer choices in the questions. This is an excellent strategy to use when you are not sure what the words mean.

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