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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 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-four 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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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Pros and Cons

We usually think of words that begin with “pro-” as being just that: they are positive words exuding good cheer. The root “pro-” can have several meanings. Often, a word that begins with “pro-” doesn’t actually contain the root “pro-”. “Pro-” is part of larger word. Often, this larger word is not positive. A good […]

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GRE TC Challenge Questions

In honor of the New GRE Verbal Questions Guide, I’ve come up with some Text Completion challenge questions (Reading Comprehension and Sentence Equivalence challenges will follow soon). The questions are ordered in terms of difficulty and try to accurately capture the “flavor” of these most recent questions. (I’ll describe more what I mean by “flavor” […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: Big Numbers

t and w are distinct integers between 105 and 100, not inclusive. Which of the following could be the units digit of positive integer ‘n’, if t > w + 1, where ? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   As always, check back on Thursday for the explanation!  

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Magoosh Brain Twister – Explanation: Now That’s Quite a Playlist

For this week’s question, Now That’s Quite a Playlist, I found the easiest way to organize all the information—and there is a lot of it—is to use a modified Venn diagram. We know that there is an overlap in all of the genres except country and electronica. Therefore, we can draw three circles, one each […]

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

Yes, the new verbal guide (ETS’s new Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions book) is full of a trove of GRE words yet to appear in Vocab Wed., so here are a few more. That said, the majority of the words in the guide have been in Vocab. Wed., so it seems like I’m on […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: Now That’s Quite a Playlist

Most of us have an eclectic taste in music, but does it rival some of those at the hypothetical high school below? Find out in this week’s challenge question. Highmont private school polled the graduating class of 125 for the musical genres they listen to. 88% indicated at least one of the following genres: indie […]

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Book Review: Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions

So…this is very interesting. Did the GRE math just get much harder? According to ETS’s Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, that seems to be the case.   Maybe old age? After going through the Quantitative Comparison questions in this guide, the ones that are arranged in the Mixed Practice sets, my brain was pretty […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: Tryangles – Explanation

Did you forget the original question? Refresh your memory. So let’s imagine an isosceles right triangle. Remove the hypotenuse and you’ll get two line segments that meet at a right angle. Now, take the vertical segment and pull it down, the way you would a level. What’s happening? Well, for one, the right angle is […]

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