Author Archive | Lucas Fink

  • Lucas Fink

    Lucas is the teacher behind Magoosh TOEFL. He’s been teaching TOEFL preparation and more general English since 2009, and the SAT since 2008. Between his time at Bard College and teaching abroad, he has studied Japanese, Czech, and Korean. None of them come in handy, nowadays.

The 5 Worst Things that Can Happen During Your SAT

Hey, who doesn’t enjoy revelling in a little bit of horror every now and then? Disasters, or even just near disasters are mesmerizing… Right? So here’s a relatively productive way (*shudder*) to run through all your worst nightmares…well, your worst nightmares for your SAT, as least. We’re not going to delve into the dreams this […]

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Should I Retake the SAT?

If you’re taking the SAT, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to take it twice—once at the end of junior year and once at the start of senior year. If you’ve only taken it once so far, going through the test again might sound about as pleasant as an leisurely afternoon of waterboarding (not […]

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10 Things That Are Ruining Your SAT Practice

Are you getting the most out of your SAT prep time? Or are you going to spend hours and hours preparing for your test and see no improvement in your score because you’re making one of these simple mistakes? These are the top ten most common problems I’ve seen in my SAT students in the […]

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How to Study SAT Critical Reading

  A Quick Anecdote First, I should mention that this story is a bit tweaked for dramatic effect (read: not completely true), but the main point of the story is untainted by the details I’m adding. A few years ago, I was working with class of around ten SAT students through a difficult reading comprehension passage […]

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How to Study for Both the SAT and Your AP Tests

Everybody knows it, and everybody says it: junior year can be hellish. Clearly, the pressure’s on. If you’re taking on a rigorous course load, then you may be in a pretty tight spot right now, studying for both the SAT and your AP tests. And even if you’re not in any AP classes, this post […]

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How to Teach the SAT

It’s funny, really. We ask a lot of our high-school teachers’ qualifications—graduate degrees, certifications, and thorough background knowledge on a subject, to name a few—but what hoops do SAT teachers and tutors have to jump through? The primary qualification you’ll see most prep companies and tutors touting is high scores. There’s no certification, no minimum […]

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Preparing for the SAT as a Non-Native English Speaker

Preparing for the SAT as a Non-Native Speaker If English isn’t your first language, then you have an extra challenge when taking the SAT. The test is hard enough for native speakers. Coming from a different language, it might seem impossible. Applying to U.S. colleges and aiming to study in America is ambitious in the […]

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Important SAT Math Formulas and Facts

Below is a list of formulas and math facts you’ll need if you’re looking to ace SAT math. A lot of it should be old hat for you at this point—after all, you study this stuff in school, right?—but it’s definitely handy to have it all in one place for reference, and there are some […]

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