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Chris Lele

About Chris Lele

Chris Lele has been helping students excel on the GRE, GMAT, and SAT for the last 10 years. He is the Lead Content Developer and Tutor for Magoosh. His favorite food is wasabi-flavored almonds. Follow him on Google+!
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Explanations to the TC Challenge Questions

About a month back, I released some new TC questions I’d come up with—questions inspired, albeit somewhat loosely, by ETS’s verbal guide. The response to these questions was more than I had expected. I was quite surprised. Of course, many people simply wanted the answers and the explanations. In that regard, I was totally derelict. […]

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GRE Voc”A”bulary Wednesday

Interestingly, in all the by-the-letter Vocab Wednesdays I’ve done, the first letter of the alphabet has never gotten any limelight—until now. Here are just a few of the many a-words that show up on the test. This time around I’ve done something a little differently: I’m arranged words both to how high-frequency they are on […]

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GRE Article of the Month – September 2014

Heaven’s Gaits: What we do when we walk., by Adam Gopnik for The New Yorker. This article of the month is a meditation on something we do every day—walk. While that subject may sound sleep inducing, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik infuses his writing both with pointed—yet subtle—wit and fascinating historical tidbits (did you know […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: What the #@#@! – Explanation

Time to solve Monday’s math challenge: What the #@#@! The first order of business is to crack #x# = 5. A good way is to work backwards, trying to figure out what a certain value of x will equal. The thing is @x@ is embedded in #x#. For instance, #100# would give us @100@ = […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Rhyme Time with “-ine”

Words ending in “-ine” are often adjectives for animals. Hawks get accipitrine, dogs get canine, and cats get feline, to name a few. Some of these animal words take on other figurative definitions. Of course, there are other words that end with “-ine” that don’t have such a connection, but do make for possible GRE […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: What the #@#@!

Let @x@ be defined as the number of positive perfect squares less than x Let #x# be defined as the number of primes less than @x@ If #x# = 5, what is the value of #(@x@)#? (A) 7 (B) 5 (C) 4 (D) 2 (E) 1   As always, check back this Thursday for the […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: Teddy Just Went to IKEA – Explanation

Before we just start whipping out prime numbers, it is a good idea to identify what this week’s question is asking. “As many dowels as is necessary” does not translate to exactly one dowel per side. Of course, you could make a triangle with one dowel per side, but you’d have to make sure that […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Words You May Have “Mis-”sed

Some roots are misleading. Over the centuries, they have taken on different meanings or are not roots at all, but part of a larger verb. Mis-, with one exception below, negates what follows it. To align something is position it correctly; to misalign is to move it out of position. So if you know what […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: Teddy Just Went to IKEA

Teddy has a set of dowels, each with a distinct length in centimeters, represented by a prime number. If Teddy can create twenty-three distinct triangles using as many dowels as is necessary for each triangle, what is the least possible value of the longest dowel? (A) 7 (B) 11 (C) 13 (D) 17 (E) 23 […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: Big Numbers – Explanation

This week’s question, Big Numbers, seems highly time-consuming, but there is actually a conceptual shortcut. First off, notice the word ‘positive’ integer. What happens, generally speaking, when we have two positive integers, lets just call them x and y, arranged in the following manner, ? Well, depending on which of the variables is larger, can […]

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