Nuanced understanding of word meaning and context


Sentence Equivalence and Sentence Completion questions sometimes require a very nuanced understanding of word meaning and context. Check out the example Sentence Equivalence question below to see what I mean.

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Of the so-called geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides – there is no question that earthquakes are by far the most ________; the Haiti earthquake of 2010 caused billions of dollars of damage.

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Conclusion: The wrong answers to the above question wouldn’t be terribly unreasonable, but from the context of the sentence, choices B and C are just a hair better. Especially for high-scoring students, intense attention to detail can have a big impact on your score!