|SAT Sentence Completions
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Sentence Completions account for about 25 percent of the questions on the Verbal section, about 19 out of 78 questions in all.
Sentence Completions test your ability to follow the logic of a sentence. You are given
a sentence with one or two words missing. Your job is to pick the answer choice with the word, or words, that best fill the blank(s).
Although many Sentence Completions deal with "factoids" of various subjects, you don't need any outside knowledge to answer these questionsin
fact, bringing outside content knowledge to bear on these questions will probably only cause problems for you. All the information you'll need to answer a question will be right there in the sentence itself.
Begin each question by reading through the sentence strategically,
that is, trying to see where the sentence is heading. As you read,
be on the lookout for "structural roadsigns"words like "and",
"since", "thus", "because", "although"
and "nevertheless." These words, and others like them, will
help you figure out the logic of the sentence. Words like "and"
and "since" signal that one part of the sentence supports,
elaborates on, or is consistent with another part. Words like "but"
or "although" signal that one part of the sentence will
contradict or qualify another partthey serve to move the sentence
in another direction.
Based upon the
structural roadsigns and descriptive phrases in the sentence, you
should generally be able to predict what words could go in the blanks
before you get to the answer choices. You should then pick the answer
choice that best matches your prediction.
Sample Question #1
The sentence below has one or two blanks, each blank indicating
that a word or set of words has been omitted. Beneath the sentence
are five lettered words or sets of words. You are to choose the
word or set of words that, when inserted into the sentence, best
fits in with the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
While the aphorism "beauty is only
skin deep" is often repeated, the growing ----- of cosmetic surgery
among mainstream consumers belies Americans' purported lack of concern
for ----- beauty.