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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: 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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Top Ten Ways to Prepare for the New SAT Exam

So, you know that you have to perform well on the new SAT exam in order to have your pick of colleges — but where do you start? These ten best SAT study tips will help you get your SAT prep started. Some of the tips are easier than you might think!   1. Read […]

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Top 3 Ways to Improve on the New SAT Writing Section

Acing the new SAT’s Writing section comes down to three key strategies: 1) know your grammar, 2) know the test, and 3) know how to identify parts of sentences. Read on to learn what the heck that all means.

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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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How to Get Better at New SAT Reading

How can I get better at New SAT reading? The answer to this question is both obvious and not that obvious. The short answer: read. The long answer: read the right material. And by that I don’t mean read SAT passages for fun (who would listen to that?). Rather, read articles from magazines and newspapers […]

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New SAT Prep by Magoosh: A Walkthrough

It is here! The first premium online product for the new SAT exam that includes lesson videos, practice questions with explanation videos, question-specific strategies, study schedules, email support … and much more. All for less than $100. Meet Magoosh’s New SAT Prep!   A Demonstration by SAT Expert, Chris Lele Chris Lele, Magoosh’s in-house SAT […]

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How to Review an SAT Practice Test at Home

Many people think taking a practice test at home is easy. You sit down, take the test, and you’re done. Right? Well, even if your concentration skills are well honed and you can sit in place for three plus hours, you’ll still have to contend with the numerous distractions. And there is a lot more to taking a practice test than simply completing every question: you have to learn from the process.

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Which SAT Should You Take?

This is the top question on many students, parents, and high school admissions counselors minds: What should you do about the New SAT? Should you just take the ACT and avoid it altogether? Should you take both the current and New SAT? Should you just wait for the New SAT and hope for the best? The answer is that it depends on a few important considerations. And we’ve considered them all…

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How is the SAT essay changing?

If you’ve been watching the videos I’ve done so far on how the SAT is changing, you’ll realize that the SAT is changing an awful lot. Nowhere is this truer than the SAT essay, which is changing in so many ways it’s dizzying. To make things more digestible here is a quick breakdown of these massive changes:

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All About the New SAT Reading Section

The big news is that vocabulary words will no longer have their own section. Indeed, big vocabulary words will be virtually absent from the new test. That’s right: words like “deferential”, “gregarious”, and “abstemious” will never keep you up at night again. Sure, they might show up in a vocabulary-in-context question in Reading Comprehension, but even this vocabulary will be far more basic so that’s not likely to be case.

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