How to get holds on SAT- Sentence Completion

April 11, 2013 Ivy Zone Tips

How to get holds on SAT- Sentence Completion

Students who take SAT exams fall under two categories –one with good command over English and Second who struggle with English at very basic point of understanding. These categories do not account even if you have passed 10th grade from English medium. Never the less in which category you fall, you have to face English for 1600 point that’s almost 60% of total SAT score. So, studying English becomes obvious.  From the 5 categories in which students are tested on SAT exam, Sentence Completion is the most labors depending upon how easy you are with English language.

Students often underestimate the depth Sentence Completion holds. They feel it is simple like fill in the blank in the school. Though it is the same principle the school fill in the blanks vs SAT sentence completion are two different poles. Scoring those 19 question divided into 3 sections is achievable if you pay attention to the words and their application. For the same, learning the SAT word list is the first choice.  Learning the word list helps on Sentence Completion + Reading Comprehension question. But learning the every word from A- Z in short time is challenging.  You do not have to memorize each and every word, instead spare some time every day to browse these words. You can begin with word list A, S, M, R, P, B, D, I, E which contains many of the familiar words. Today everyone is computer friendly. You can learn the words by visiting  or by downloading the vocabulary applications on your smart phone. The beauty of is, it will allow studying words grouped under same meaning ranging from A-Z. 

  • Some words are very specific to profession/skills/to a particular activity. Memorizing these words save time.

  • Students normally neglect learning the prefixes/stem/ root of the word. But in practice this proves very handy in guessing the unknown words.

  • Sentence Completion questions are with one blank or two blanks.  One blank is straightforward if meaning is known or normally student end up in guesswork. When students face two blank questions it’s a testing time. In such situations, deal with one black at a time- narrow your answer choices- with the same answer choice move on to the 2nd blank and try to see if it is completing the meaning of a sentence.

  • Look for direction changing words like “However, In addition, Because, Since..ect” which will help to identify if you have to select the choice that is synonymous or in opposite meaning.

  • Colon (:), Semicolon (;) also provides the directions in finding the right choice. Look for the descriptive words on both the sides of colon, comma or semicolon for the clues.

About Author
Kalpana Godse, Associated with Achievers Point as Verbal Faculty at Pune. I currently concentrate on helping students to achieve high scores in the English section of SAT I, GMAT and IELTS exams. Using my Biology knowledge it is privilege to assist the Medical practitioners in OET preparation. Along with teaching the English, writing the graduate application essays is another way I interact with students. You can reach at or at +91-9225604123


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