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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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New SAT Video: SOHCAHTOA Part II

If you’ve watched the first part of this series (SOHCAHTOA: Part I), you might be asking yourself the following: Who cares what sine, cosine, and tangent stand for? The answer? YOU! This info will help you ace the new SAT and give you a leg up in your trigonometry class. Watch the video to learn!

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New SAT Essay: Example Types to Avoid

Having a go-to list of examples to use in your redesigned SAT essay is an extremely helpful strategy. However, there are some examples you may want to think twice about using. After all, you want to submit an essay with high scoring potential, unique qualities, and low risk. Here are some things that can muddle up your essay and how you could avoid them.

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New SAT Video: SOHCAHTOA Part I

Yes, there will be trigonometry on the new SAT. And while it won’t be easy, the trig covered on the redesigned SAT will be relatively basic, encompassing two main areas: the unit circle and sine, cosine, and tangent. Today, we’ll focus on one of the best tricks of trig: SOHCAHTOA. Enjoy the video!

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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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The PSAT Scoring Kerfuffle – And What it Means for You

The College Board delayed the release of PSAT scores, due to issues with the new scoring system that’s correlated with the new scoring system for the New SAT. Should you be worried?

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New SAT Book Review: Kaplan New SAT 2016

Kaplan has created a Jekyl and Hyde guide. On the one hand there is an excellent math section. Kaplan really takes time to teach basic strategies. On the other hand, there’s the verbal section. Read on to learn if this book will help you study for the New SAT.

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Best SAT Books 2016 – 2017

SAT Expert, Chris Lele, reviewed the best SAT prep books on the market to come up with his annual list of Best SAT Prep Books. Save yourself some time and money by reading this post before heading to Amazon!

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New SAT Video: Using the Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect is a tricky tense. Before we even delve into it, we should get a sense of what it looks like. Just as the present perfect tense used a participle after an initial verb (has + participle) so too does the past perfect. Instead of have/has, the past perfect simply uses had:   […]

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New SAT Video: Using the Present Perfect Tense

The good news with the New SAT is you don’t need to know the name of tenses—you just have to be able to recognize them. To spot the present perfect just be on the look out for HAS/HAVE + Participle:   I have lived here for 10 years.   She has proven time and time […]

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How to Study for the SAT Over the Winter Break

Santa, snow, stuffed stockings, and SAT. Yes, one is obviously the odd one out—at least come Christmas time. But many students don’t realize that, besides summer, winter break is the longest time they will have away from school the entire year. Sure, presents are nice, as is waking up at noon. However, eggnog and multiple REM cycles aside, there is still plenty of time to get some serious SAT prep in there. Here is how.

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