SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 261: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 261

12. In addition to ------ stacks of resumes and references, some employers want to ------- the hiring process by employing graphologists to study applicants' handwriting for character analysis.

A. Evaluating… supplement
B. Envisioning… circumvent
C. Ignoring… depersonalize
D. Ameliorating… revisit
E. Condoning… belabor

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer A :

Choice (A) is correct. "Evaluating" means appraising or studying, and "supplement" means to add to. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In addition to evaluating stacks of résumés and references, some employers want to supplement the hiring process by employing graphologists to study applicants' handwriting for character analysis." The phrase "in addition to" indicates that the second clause will expand on the information provided in the first clause. The incorporation of graphology into the hiring process can logically be called a "supplement" to an employer's "evaluation" of résumés and references.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Envisioning" means picturing, and "circumvent" means to get around or avoid. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In addition to envisioning stacks of résumés and references, some employers want to circumvent the hiring process by employing graphologists to study applicants' handwriting for character analysis." It is illogical to claim that employers would wish to avoid the hiring process by employing handwriting analysts in addition to picturing job applications.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

Choice (C) is incorrect. "Ignoring" means refusing to notice, and "depersonalize" means to make impersonal. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In addition to ignoring stacks of résumés and references, some employers want to depersonalize the hiring process by employing graphologists to study applicants' hand-writing for character analysis." If anything, graphology helps to personalize the hiring process by providing employers with insights into a candidate's personality.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Ameliorating" means improving, and "revisit" means to return to. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In addition to ameliorating stacks of résumés and references, some employers want to revisit the hiring process by employing graphologists to study applicants' handwriting for character analysis." It makes little sense to say that employers make job applicants' résumés better.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Condoning" means overlooking voluntarily, and "belabor" means to discuss repeatedly. If one were to insert these terms into the text, the sentence would read "In addition to condoning stacks of résumés and references, some employers want to belabor the hiring process by employing graphologists to study applicants' handwriting for character analysis." It is illogical to claim that employers can "condone," or pardon, a stack of papers.

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