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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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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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New York City Offering the SAT for Free

New York City, in an apparently forward-thinking and benevolent move, offered to foot the SAT bill for every student in town. That works to $54.50 a head. But it’s not just about the cost, or so the reasoning goes. Give the test during school hours, making it, city educators hope, difficult to avoid.

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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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New SAT Writing: Sentence Boundaries

What are Sentence Fragments? Sentences are made up of both a subject and a verb that tells us what the subject is doing. The exception would be commands, which aren’t tested on the SAT (study!). Fragments are incorrect because they lack a verb that describes what a subject is doing. But it’s not that straightforward, […]

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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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