Sentence Completion Exercises

Sentence Completion Exercises

Here are some sentence completion exercises for the CPT Test in English.

For the sentence completion part of the placement test, you will need to re-write the new sentence mentally in your own head.

Then you will choose the correct version of the re-written sentences from the answer choices provided.

Practice with these free sentence completion exercises from our online placement practice tests.

1. Both Minnesota and Wisconsin get extremely cold in the winter.

Rewrite, beginning with: Like Minnesota,

The next words will be:

A. Wisconsin gets

B. and Wisconsin

C. extreme cold

D. it is

2. Rich in natural beauty and abundant in wildlife, Yellowstone National Park is a popular tourist destination.

Rewrite, beginning with: Yellowstone National Park

Your new sentence will include:

A. because being

B. because it being

C. because it is

D. because being it

3. My sister was ill with the flu, so she stayed home from school.

Rewrite, beginning with: My sister,

The next words will be:

A. ill and

B. she was ill

C. was ill

D. who was ill

4. If it rains tomorrow, we will have to cancel the picnic.

Rewrite, beginning with: In the event of

The next words will be:

A. raining

B. rains

C. rain

D. it rains

5. The team lost the championship game, and the players were so disappointed.

Rewrite, beginning with: The team

Your new sentence will include:

A. although it lost

B. when it lost

C. and it lost

D. because the loss of

Sentence Completion - Answers

1. The correct answer is A.

The new sentence would be constructed as follows: Like Minnesota, Wisconsin gets extremely cold in the winter. The phrase "like Minnesota" is an adjectival phrase that modifies the noun "Wisconsin." Therefore, "Wisconsin" must come directly after the comma.

2. The correct answer is C.

The new sentence would be constructed as follows: Yellowstone National Park is a popular tourist destination because it is rich in natural beauty and abundant in wildlife. The word "because" is used to join an independent clause to a sentence. Remember that independent clauses contain a grammatical subject and a verb and can stand alone as complete sentences. "It" is the grammatical subject in the clause of the new sentence and "is" is the verb.

3. The correct answer is D.

The new sentence would be constructed as follows: My sister, who was ill with the flu, stayed home from school. The comma after "my sister" indicates that a relative clause must be used. Remember that relative clauses include the following words: who, which, that, whom, whose.

4. The correct answer is C.

The new sentence would be constructed as follows: In the event of rain tomorrow, the picnic will have to be cancelled. The phrase "in the event of" should be followed by a noun or noun phrase.

5. The correct answer is B.

The new sentence would be constructed as follows: The team was so disappointed when it lost the championship game. Remember that "when" is used to join independent clauses to sentences. Independent clauses contain a grammatical subject (it) and a verb (lost).

Exercises for the English Test