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Author: Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

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What is a Good SAT Score for a Junior?

This is a question I get a lot from parents wondering whether their child should take the SAT as a junior or wait until senior year. The thing is, colleges don’t give preferential treatment to those who take the SAT at a younger age. A junior’s 1800 isn’t any different from a senior’s 1800. Let’s get specific…

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New SAT Writing: Introduction and Basic Techniques

The SAT Writing section is made up of four 350-450-word essays, containing eleven questions each. It tests basic grammar, big-picture grammatical issues, style, tone, and syntax. Let’s explore some basic techniques for succeeding on this section of the SAT.

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How to Improve Your SAT Score by 200 Points

This is always a hard question to answer: Are you a student who is looking to go from 1400 to a 1600, or the more typical student who is looking to go from 1000 to 1200?

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New SAT Video: Exponents

Math Basics – Exponents You are likely to see a few exponents on the SAT. In order to have a chance on the harder questions, you’ll have to first know your basics. Once you are consistent at doing well on these, you want have to worry about exponents. The thing, though, is it is very […]

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SAT Video: Subject-Verb Agreement

The SAT has always loved agreement—it’s easy to test and it’s easy to make the question difficult. But first let’s talk about what agreement is: it is when the subject and verb are consistent in terms of number.

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SAT Video: How to Best Use Two Hours of Study Time

Studying for the SAT in Two Hour Increments It’s not easy to slip two hours of SAT prep into a busy schedule. So when you do, you want to use it as effectively as possible. For many that means intensely devouring a chapter in an SAT book. For others, it means learning a bunch of […]

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SAT Video: Commonly Confused Words

So the SAT will forever be done away with vocabulary come Mar. 2016, right? Well, not exactly. Sure, the ten-dollar words you can impress your grandma with will have been consigned to the dustbin of SAT has-beens (move over “analogies” and make some room). However, the SAT writing section will still test vocabulary in context, […]

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Yale and the “Optional” SAT Essay

Yale recently announced that it would require that students submit scores for the “optional” SAT essay. It’s reasoning is that the essay represents a significant improvement in assessing a student’s writing ability. No less than Yale’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions said that, “We felt like requiring the writing portion would send a message that quality writing is highly important at Yale.”

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Do you actually learn anything prepping for the SAT?

Many say that studying for the SAT is not going to help them in anyway once the SAT is over. And they’re right—if they want to work at Dominos pizza until retirement. The SAT, now more than ever, is testing stuff you will use in college (I assume that’s where you are headed). And the skills that you cultivate preparing for this test will both make you more competitive at the collegiate level and allow you to work less for a high grade (which leaves more time for enriching activities outside of the classroom).

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6 Common SAT Study Mistakes

Ready to start prepping (or not so ready)? Below are some critical tips you want to keep in mind before you try to ascend the daunting summit known as SAT prep.

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