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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 Challenge – Crazy Exponents

So you probably know your exponent basics: Add the exponents, if you multiply the bases; multiply the exponents if you have an exponent to an exponent. You probably even know your negative exponents and your fraction exponents. So what could possibly go wrong, if you get an SAT question that deals with basic exponent rules? […]

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SAT Math Friday – Coordinate Plane Challenge

Every now and then, the SAT gets really diabolical and throws a coordinate geometry question without the coordinate plane. To make matters worse, the question is usually difficult to begin with—even if you had the plane. The key is to translate the information by drawing out a mini-coordinate plane. Remember, this is a timed test, […]

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SAT Vocab Friday – Super Confusing Words

Many people learning English claim that our language is illogical. They’ll usually point the finger at spelling, saying that the laws are so irregular that they are not of much use. You might agree with them—somewhat. But in general, you’ve grown up spelling most words, so it’s not that big of a deal. But now—with […]

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SAT Essay – Common Misconceptions

1. Do not use “I” Let me say it loud and clear: it is okay to use “I” in your essay. So what’s with the big hullabaloo over “I”? Well, at some point you had a well-meaning English teacher who, with stern brow, wrote in all caps on the board that you should never use […]

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How to Write the SAT Essay

On the new SAT essay, you have 50 minutes to read a passage and write an essay on it. Here’s what to look for and how to write the essay to get a good score.

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[Video Post] SAT Scoring and Pacing

In these last several pages, you’ve probably learned several surprising facts (and I’m not just talking about the fact that someone would actually name a bunch of smart kids “termites”, after “Term”an, of course). Not to be outdone on the “surprise index” is the following tidbit: every question on the SAT is worth the same […]

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How Long Should I Study for the SAT?

This is a big question. The answer depends who you are as a student: Where do you want to attend college? How big of a score improvement are you looking for? How do you study? Let’s break it down:

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How is the SAT Learnable?

You know how if you take most of the summer off, hanging out and what not, that in those first few weeks of school your brain is, ah, sort of slow? Well, that’s not surprising. Your brain hasn’t gotten a mental workout and so has lost the edge it had when you were preparing for […]

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[Video Post] What’s on the SAT?

The SAT exam is a popular college admission test that allows universities to compare your knowledge to the knowledge of other college applicants, in a standardized manner. The SAT tests reading, writing, and math in a way that requires students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom in a new way. Up until this point, […]

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[Video Post] A History of the SAT

There are few three-letter combinations that evoke such a potent mix of fear and disgust,  (or, in SAT-speak, trepidation and revulsion). First off, the SAT has a troubled history, one that reaches as far back as the 19th century—depending on whom you ask. Then there is the unavoidable reality of the SAT: if you want […]

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