In this post, we start with an overview of "Sentence Completion" question types. We also provide a sample question, accompanied by tips and strategies that every student can use to perform successfully on "Sentence Completion" questions during the official CogAT® exam.
Sentence Completion Questions: What To Expect?
With these questions students will have to “fill in the blank(s).” The answer options outline a number of words that could be used to complete a given sentence.
However, students must choose the words that create a complete, logical sentence.
The sentence completion battery is optional for younger children. If it is used, the question is read aloud by an administrator and the child must pick the correct answer from a series of pictures.
How Many Sentence Completion Questions Are On The Test?
The amount of sentence completion questions on the test depends on the age of the student and the test level, as shown by the table below.
|Level||Number of Questions||Grade Level
|Level 5/6||14||Kindergarten||5/6 Years|
|Level 7||16||1st Grade||7 Years|
|Level 8||18||2nd Grade||8 Years|
|Level 9||20||3rd Grade||9 Years|
|Level 10||20||4th Grade||10 Years|
|Level 11||20||5th Grade||11 Years|
|Level 12||20||6th Grade||12 Years|
|Level 13-18||20||7th-12th Grade||13-18 Years|
Sentence Completion Examples:
Sample Question: CogAT Level 11 Question (5th Grade)
Correct Answer: E
For this question, the key is figuring out which answer options contains words which will both work in the context of the sentence. The only answer with two words that fit clearly in the blanks is E.
Sample Question: CogAT Level 5/6 Question (Kindergarten)
Correct Answer: B
For this question, the student must listen carefully to the sentence read aloud in order to understand and recall the list of items (a snack bar, two books, a pencil) that Scott puts in his backpack.
The only picture showing the items described in the sentence is option B.
Option C has one pencil and a snack bar, but only one book. Option A has a snack bar, but only one book and five pencils. Both of these are incorrect descriptions of the items in the backpack.
Sentence Completion:Tips and Strategies
For older students, it is helpful to physically write down the provided words as they try to arrange the sentence.
Students are typically given five letters and asked to select the first letter of the last word of the sentence. For this reason, advise your student to write out the sentence correctly and circle the final word.
We suggest also instructing your student to read over the sentence once or twice in his head, or even mouth the words silently to himself to ensure the sentence “sounds right” and makes sense.
For younger students, tell your child to "listen carefully" before reading the question. Although your child will only hear the question once in actual testing conditions, during prep sessions it is helpful to repeat this directive. It will help your child learn the skill of paying attention and focusing on what is being said when questions are read aloud to him/her.
Tips for students of all ages:
Probe incorrect answers to determine where your student’s thought process went wrong and attempt to correct errors in reasoning.
Discuss why the right answers are correct to reinforce solid reasoning.
Help your child become familiar with the questions on this challenging exam by downloading a free CogAT practice test.