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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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Magoosh GRE Brain Twister: A Prime Location

Ready for this week’s brain twisting math challenge question?   How many three-digit numbers contain three primes that sum to an even number? 27 28 54 55 64   Be sure to check back on Thursday for the answer and explanation! Good luck.  

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Rhyme Time

That words rhyme is no surprise. That some of these words show up on the GRE makes things interesting.   Inure To become accustomed to something unpleasant is to become inured to it. The constant hubbub outside my apartment window (revving motorbikes, rambunctious revelers) is something I hope one day to become inured to, though […]

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GRE Article of the Month – October 2014

Why Academics Stink at Writing An article by Steven Pinker for “The Chronicle of Higher Education” In an attempt to promulgate the instantiations of high-ordered English as they tend to be recapitulated in eminent publications, I hope to both guide and edify those GRE-aspirants who are under the not totally unsurprising notion that the development […]

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Magoosh GRE Brain Twister: Nasty Squares and Cubes – Explanation

Question Here’s a look back at Monday’s numeric entry challenge question. The square root of integer x is equal to the sum of the cubes of y and z. If the squares of y and z are each less than 10, what is the greatest possible value of x? [__________________]   Answer and Explanation This […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: I Don’t Appreciate that Tone!

We don’t always say what we mean, but we can often imply it quite clearly by injecting our words with an unmistakable tone. Below are several words in which a person’s words and tone combine to make for an unpleasant listening experience.   Snide To be derogatory means to speak down at someone. For one, […]

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Magoosh GRE Brain Twister: Nasty Squares and Cubes

Good luck with this challenging numeric entry problem! The square root of integer x is equal to the sum of the cubes of y and z. If the squares of y and z are each less than 10, what is the greatest possible value of x? [_________________]   Don’t forget to check back on Thursday […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Difficult Words from the Magoosh GRE Product

Recently I took words from the new ETS GRE Verbal Reasoning question guide (and then I took more words from it … and then even more). Now, I’m digging into the Magoosh trove of vocabulary and pulling out the morsels below. These words have yet to be featured on Vocab Wednesday and are also words […]

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Magoosh GRE Brain Twister: Series Fun – Explanation

Question Here’s the question from Monday: The sum of m consecutive integers is 8. If the sum of n consecutive integers is m, what is the value of n? (A) 15 (B) 16 (C) 31 (D) 32 (E) Cannot be determined by the information provided.   Answer and Explanation The trick here is taking into […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Even More Words from the New ETS Verbal Guide

It’s always a good idea to make sure you know every word that has appeared in official materials. The GRE tends to reuse words in future questions. The recently released verbal question guide is no exception. You should carefully go through the book, making sure you know each word. Below are some important words that […]

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Magoosh GRE Brain Twister: Series Fun

As I promised, the Brain Twister is back in a bi-weekly format. Here is one that looks innocuous enough, but once you toy around with it for a few seconds you’ll see it’s anything but easy. The sum of m consecutive integers is 8. If the sum of n consecutive integers is m, what is […]

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