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Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Tips: Catch Word Strategy

Directions: First, watch the introduction video. Then, in each of the following 10 sentences use the blank space to write in two or more possible answers. Pay close attention to the wording and logic of the sentence. Focus on the way in which the sentence provides clues about the relationships between words, phrases, or clauses within the sentence. Catch Word relies on careful reading and concentration. Suggested answers follow in the video at the end.

1. Taking good notes in school is a solid _____________________ that usually results in good grades.

2. Wearing white socks with sandals is not generally considered to be stylish; in fact, in certain dress-conscious circles it is absolutely  __________________________.

3. The middle of the night is not the best time to write a lengthy essay unless you are the kind of person who can survive on a ________________________________ of sleep.

4. The life of a politician is usually _________________________; nevertheless, there are men and women who are willing to pursue this profession.

5. Her idea of an exciting evening is to stretch out in a tub of warm water with a novel about vampires who are temporarily stuck on another planet, unable to ______________________ to earth.

6. He was the sort of physician who actually never got emotionally close to his patients, yet he was considered by many of his peers to be the among the most _________________________ specialists in his field.

7. When parties to a negotiating session begin yelling at one another, passions erupt and all pretense of ____________________ is soon abandoned.

8. It has been rightly said that there is never a true end to the work of an artist; in fact, it may be even more difficult to tell exactly when an artist has ___________________________________ the creative process.

9. Even though the boss said he wanted these reports by the end of the day, I think he means as soon as is reasonably possible. He wants to motivate us, to be sure, but he is a
_________________________________ person.

10. The early morning sunshine came through the window like  the pure energy it was, diffusing its _____________________ throughout the room.

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2 Responses to Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Tips: Catch Word Strategy

  1. Ree September 25, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    Reading carefully caused me to impugn my intuition for number 6. I initially wrote down compassionate but after looking the sentence over I noted that the physician was not emotionally close to PATIENTS, yet his PEERS were the ones considering him to be… respected? How can I avoid this?

    6. He was the sort of physician who actually never got emotionally close to his patients, yet he was considered by many of his peers to be the among the most _________________________ specialists in his field.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 28, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Ree,

      As you noted, a careful reading of the sentence will help you to distinguish these differences. In any text completion or sentence equivalence question, we are making decisions based on a limited amount of information, so the clues must be clear even if they aren’t obvious. The only thing we know about this physician is that he isn’t emotionally close to his patients, and the sentence is contrasting the way two groups of people see him (patients vs. peers). So, the word in the blank must contrast how the patients view him and how his peer view him. We know that he doesn’t get emotionally close to his patients, so the word in the blank must mean that his peers view him as someone who does get emotionally involved with his patients. Thus, we come up with humane, compassionate, caring. I can understand how you came to “respect,” but consider the rest of the context clues. “Respect” is not synonymous with “emotional connection”, and so his emotional connection with patients would not necessarily lead his peers to respect him. The specific context and meaning of words is important here, and we must be careful not to draw false comparisons or “force” words that don’t actually align with the context clues!


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