One of the two types of questions on the PSAT Critical Reading section is the PSAT sentence completion. Here's what you need to know about this type of question, along with tips for solving!
PSAT Sentence Completion Basics
Each question is a sentence with one or more blanks in it. Your goal? Choose the best words or phrases from a list of five choices to fill in the blanks. Easy enough, right?
PSAT Sentence Completions are designed to test whether or not you know the meanings of words, which is where your knowledge of Greek and Latin roots come in. They also test if you can determine how parts of a sentence should fit together logically.
Answer These Questions First
These are the easiest questions in the PSAT Critical Reading section and require less time than the passage-based reading questions, so answer these question types first, to ensure you get the most points possible on the test, in case your time starts dwindling.
The Question Get More Difficult As You Proceed
As you answer the sentence completions in order, which you will if you’re test-savvy, they will become increasingly more difficult. So it’s good to get your feet wet on the first ones, because you’ll have an easier time getting the more difficult ones correct once you've tried out a few easy ones, first.
PSAT Sentence Completion Example
The novel's protagonist, an antiques dealer, naïvely expects that the buyers will compete among themselves to pay him the best price for his priceless Renoir painting, but instead they ____________ to ____________ him.
The correct choice is C.
Why? If you follow the tips in the How to Solve Sentence Completions article below, you'll find that when you replace the blanks with words from your own choosing, the only logical answer that fits both blanks is answer choice C.