Sentence Equivalence questions are very similar to Sentence Completion questions, with one exception: you must now choose
two answers from six choices instead of one from five.
The number of choices affects the ideal strategy for these questions. If, for whatever reason, a student is unable to decipher
the meaning of a blank from the context of the sentence, he or she may still be able to guess effectively by identifying two synonyms in the
choices. There are many other strategic elements that may be employed for this question type as well, but for the most part, they are quite similar
to Sentence Completions.
Directions: Select two answer
choices each of which can be used to complete the
sentence in a logical manner, and both of which produce
sentences with closely similar meanings.
Q1. Despite receiving approbation for his work
several times that year, Tim felt ________ about his job
in the floundering economy.
Answer: B and C
If you feel confident that you have fully
comprehended the sentence, come up with your own word to
fit the blank, and eliminate answer choices that are
not similar in meaning to your word. For this
example, you might come up with a word like "unsure" or
"insecure" to fill in the blank. Then, you could
eliminate (A) and (F), which are the opposite of unsure,
and (D) and (E), which also do not mean "unsure." This
would leave you with the correct answer choices (B) and
Q2. Life, as the film demonstrates, is too complex
for ________ endings.
Answer: B and E
The sentence for this example is pretty clear; we can
confidently conclude that the blank must mean something
close to "easy" or "simple," if life is too complex for
it. (A) intricate does not mean "easy" or "simple," so
eliminate it. (B) facile does mean easy, so keep it. (C)
ambiguous and (D) occult do not mean "easy," so
eliminate them. (E) straightforward is close to "easy"
or "simple," so keep it. (F) recognizable does not mean
either word, so eliminate it. This effectively leaves us
with our two correct answer choices – (B) and (E).
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