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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 Math: Coordinate Geometry Basics

The first thing you got to know is that there are four quadrants in a coordinate plane. What’s wacky is how these quadrants are arranged: A good way to think of it is to imagine yourself on a cross-country trip in which you start off in New York (the northeast = quadrant I), drive on […]

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Probability Challenge Question: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Probability strikes dread into almost everybody. Couple that with the fact that many probability questions are convoluted word problems so that even the most confident math-o-phile is quaking in her boots. But before we get to the dread-inducing question a quick rundown. The magical, make-your-life-a heck-of-a-lot-easier probability equation: # of possibilities you are hoping to […]

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SAT Math Formula Sheet

Many students are blown away by the fact that every SAT Math Section has a geometry cheat sheet at the very beginning (hopefully, they pick up on this before they take the actual test). Today, I’m going to do better than just rehash those formulas. I’m going to tell you which ones you should memorize […]

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Top 10 SAT Resources

Make your study time count by using the best resources. Best SAT Resources 1. The College Board book (The Official SAT Study Guide aka “The Blue Book”) This is the holy grail of SAT test prep. Studying for the SAT without this book is like going to church without any bibles. The strategies are mediocre, […]

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SAT Challenge Questions – Think You’re Smart?

Can you nail all three of these questions—and by “nail” I mean confidently get them? Well, if so you’re an SAT rock star. Of course, even if you do some educated guessing and get them correct, you are still in a pretty elite class. Do you got what it takes?   Math 1. Triangle ABC […]

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SAT Information for Parents

For well over a year, we’ve been writing posts aimed at students (“How to Get a High SAT Score”, “How to Spot a Dangling Modifier”, etc.). Not that there haven’t been useful tips for parents; there just hasn’t been anything directly targeted towards parents. Until now. But if you are the parent of a high […]

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The Princeton Review—11 Practice Tests for the SAT

Overview Unlike most of the other SAT prep books on the market, The Princeton Review’s 11 Practice Tests for the SAT and PSAT is not about strategies and test tips—it’s simply about questions. Lots of them. So if you bought this book, you are probably wondering how accurate these questions are, and how well they […]

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SAT Vocab Friday – Harry Potter Book 2

You may be the biggest Harry Potter fan ever, or you may have never read a single page of this saga of a boy wizard. I’m guessing, like 99% of people, you are somewhere in between. Well, even if you are a big fan of the series, you may not have known that each of […]

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SAT Writing – The Conclusion

How to Write the New SAT Essay Conclusion   This post has been updated for the New SAT that premiered in March 2016 by Magoosh test prep expert David Recine. So all the material is current for the redesigned SAT!   You can breathe a sigh of relief—the conclusion is the least important part of […]

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SAT Writing – Conditional Tense

The conditional tense is rarely tested on the SAT, and usually when it is, the answer jumps out at you because it just sounds weird. An easy way to think of the conditional tense is as the “if” tense. It describes something that hasn’t happened but that could happen. Take a look: 1) If I […]

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