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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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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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SAT Vocab Monday: Super High Frequency Words

Not knowing these words is like showing up without armor to a jousting competition—you’re going to get owned. So before you go to bed tonight, make sure you can rattle of the definitions to the following words (it’ll help if you can also rattle them off upon waking).

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SAT Vocab Monday: Words for Springtime!

It’s springtime! Whether that means you want to exercise your green thumb (your penchant for gardening) or that the hills around you turn a luxuriant green, sending pollens and spores wafting in the hair towards your hapless sinuses, springtime has a distinct meaning for you.   Proliferate To grow and multiply rapidly is to proliferate. […]

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The SAT’s Favorite Idioms

I love logic; the SAT loves logic. If you like logic, you too might love the SAT (though you might be as logical as Socrates and think the SAT is a bunch of crock). So, how, then, is it that something as arbitrary and illogical as the DMV cuing system has made its way upon […]

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SAT Vocab Monday: Really Hard SAT Words

Even if you are, say, 50-years old, you probably remember that there were these terribly difficult words on SAT that you’d never seen before. That kind of dread doesn’t dissipate with the decades. So, yes, the SAT has long been making life difficult with these tough words. Perfidious “Et tu Brute” can be loosely translated […]

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SAT Vocab Monday: Mystery Words

Hello, and welcome to SAT Monday! Watch the video above for the scoop on mystery-related SAT vocabulary, and then check out the word list below for more review:   Esoteric I can name every member of the Brady Bunch family. Not that esoteric. I know the name of and have watched every single Disney movie […]

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