SAT test structure
Sentence completions will be 24% of the total questions you will see on the verbal SAT and you will answer 19 of them on the exam. You will answer 10 of them in one section and 9 in the other. Each group will be arranged in order of difficulty.
What they are testing
The SAT test writers are testing the expansiveness of your vocabulary and your ability to understand the logic of formal English sentences. You will not see any slang or colloquialisms in these test questions.
Memorize the directions in advance
The directions for the sentence completions are always the same. Read them now and you will save valuable time during the exam. Fortunately, these directions are less complex than those for the quantitative comparisons.
Directions: Each of the following questions consists of an incomplete sentence followed by five words or pairs of words. Choose that word or pair of words which, when substituted for the blank space or spaces, best completes the meaning of the sentence.
Study your vocabulary
This section, more so than the others, will cause you fits if your vocabulary is weak. The good news is that the SAT test writers really focus only on a rather small number of words to test over and over again on the exam. This means that, even if your vocabulary is extensive, you should still study these key words — just in case the millions of words in your vocabulary do not include one or two of them.
Depending on who you choose to believe and how much study time you have the key words to know for the SAT range from 500 to 3,000. We believe that our friend, Process of Elimination, will begin to help you tremendously if you study the 500 most frequent vocabulary words tested. You can buy the vocabulary book through us at our SAT Books and Study Aids web page.