1) Skim for overall purpose
Understanding the meaning of the whole text helps you choose the right word for each blank. For example, if you skim the passage below, you will find key ideas and words which point to a main topic of ‘change’.
When you click on the drop down arrows, you may find options that are also related to the main topic. You can then check grammar and overall meaning to see whether the words fit the blanks:
2) Read before and after the blank to help you identify the correct word
The choices in the drop-down menus may look quite similar but will have different meanings and usage. Looking at the surrounding context will help you choose the appropriate word.
In the example below, only ‘access’ fits in the phrase ‘gained …………. to technologies’; pick words that match the meaning (gain access) and grammar (‘access to’). Reading either side of the blank will help you narrow down the choices you have to make:
3) Do not skip text
Do not skip a paragraph of text even if it does not contain blanks. It sometimes contains key information that could be the determining factor in picking the correct answer in the blank in next paragraph.