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Category: SAT Sentence Completion

Tanya Shah

Blank Space: Strategies & Traps in Sentence Completion

The English language contains over a million words, but you’re not expected to know them all. For this part of the exam, is it in your best interest to be well-read and have a solid vocabulary? Of course, but you also need problem-solving skills that are specific to this task. While vocab lists are important, […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday – Read the Entire Sentence

Before you read on, I want you to take a quick crack at the video question above (you can pause it before I start pontificating on the right answer!). Then, come back to this post and read on. If you want more explanation at the end, well, then you have the video waiting for you. […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday: A Baby Sentence Completion

Here is a new question that we just released into the product. So far, according to our data, no one has yet to answer the question correctly. Do you know the answer? Research indicates that babies as young as 3-months are not _____ creatures, merely taking in stimuli; rather, they _____ this stimuli to make […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Sentence Completions – It’s About the Clues

Sometimes, an SAT Sentence Completion will have a couple of answer choices that seem to fit the blank. The reason is that both words fit the general context. Yet only one the answer choices will actually match up with specific words mentioned in the sentence. If you don’t know those words (meaning study your vocab), […]

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Chris Lele

How to Determine the Context for Synonymous SAT Words

The kicker with many SAT questions is you often know what the answer should be. But…those dastardly SAT writers have come up with two answer choices that seem so close, yet—as we know—only one of them can be correct. Below are some of these common words that students have trouble distinguishing. Yet, the words have […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Sentence Completions – Dual Blanks

Now let’s try an actual two-blank SAT question so you can apply some of tricks above. The mayor’s self-serving excuses proved to have a(n) ________ effect on her career—she even ________ some of her staunchest advocates restorative . . heartened negative . . misaligned palliative . . sidelined deleterious . . alienated far-reaching . . […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Critical Reading – Advanced Strategies for Dual Blanks

For the last two sentence completions of each critical reading section, one of them is almost bound to be a two-blank Sentence Completion (and sometimes both are). While the general strategy for approaching these tough dual blankers is similar to what you’d use dealing with easy and medium two-blank Sentence Completions, there is some more […]

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Lucas Fink

How to Answer the SAT’s Two-Blank Sentence Completions

1) Although many students ________________ that they’re more difficult, two-blank sentence completions on the SAT are in fact ___________________ than their one-blank counterparts. trust . . less weighty deny . . simpler suppose . . more complex assume . . less problematic contend . . hastier The example above has a message, clearly. If you’re […]

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Lucas Fink

Defining the Blanks SAT Sentence Completion Strategy

The sentence completion (fill-in-the-blank) questions that begin each SAT reading comp section are, like most of the test, pretty formulaic. That’s because the test-makers are faced with a problem: they need to make the sentence require the specific word that’s the right answer (or its synonyms). In order to do that, they pretty much have […]

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Lucas Fink

Avoiding Wrong Answers in SAT Sentence Completions

If you’ve spent much time preparing for your SAT, you’ve probably already come across this strategy, because it’s both one of the simplest and one of the best out there. It’s in every SAT prep book I know of (including the College Board’s official offering, which is relatively light on strategy), the major prep classes […]

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