|3. Writing Skills
To do well on the sentence completion questions, you must:
- Read the sentence for its overall meaning and internal logic, then quickly look over the choices--many times, this strategy alone will point you toward the answer, since your common sense may tell you that two or three of the choices (or four, if you are lucky) do not fit at all.
- Eliminate as many of the obvious wrong choices as you can.
- Look at key words that may point you to the meaning, words that introduce the sentence or link its parts together. Often these words will tell you whether the two parts of the sentence have a similar meaning or an opposite meaning. For example, as, since, because, therefore, and similarly link two sentence parts with similar meanings. Yet, but, however,and on the contrary link two parts of sentences that have opposite meanings.
To do well on the improving paragraphs question, you must:
- Read the whole essay quickly to get the overall sense of it. Do not linger on the errors--these are what you will be asked questions about.
- Pay close attention to the context of the sentence or paragraph in question, making sure that your revision (if any) makes sense in terms of the whole essay.
- Choose the best answer from the five choices, even if you can think of a better revision than the ones offered.