SC X-Ray
7.1 SC X-Ray
7.2 SC Fundamentals
7.3 SC Step Method
7.4 Practice Problems
SC X-Ray
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, we want to emphasize three important facts about SCs:
  1. SCs contain everything you need to define the word or words correctly. You can use the context of the sentence to figure out what the missing words mean. You don’t need to look at the answer choices first.
  2. All of the answer choices will work grammatically in the sentence, so you can’t use grammar to rule out any choices. Only the meanings of words matter.
  3. Regardless of the number of blanks or answer choices, you’ll always want to choose the answer that best fits and makes the most logical sense.
Turn the page to see what a typical Sentence Completions question looks like.

Directions: The sentence below has one blank indicating that something has been omitted. Beneath the sentence are five words or sets of words. Choose the word or set of words for the blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Most corporations are not in the business of philanthropy; instead, their primary concern is to maximize ________.
(A) goodwill
(B) profits
(C) open trade
(D) employee loyalty
(E) customer satisfaction
Your job is to choose the one correct answer from among the five choices. Here we need to choose the word or phrase that makes logical sense in the context of the sentence. In other cases, you’ll need to find appropriate words to fill in two blanks. In the example above, it would help to know the meaning of philanthropy (“effort to help others”). In case you’re wondering, the correct answer, B, makes sense in the given context. If you don’t know the meaning of a word in the question, don’t worry; we provide strategies to help you take a good, solid guess.
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