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Author: 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.

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Why Is the SAT So Long?

The SAT is the longest test I’ve ever taken. Not a single midterm or final in either high school or college took so much time. Well, to be fair, I’ve had tests that took multiple sittings. But that’s different. The only time in my life that I’ve sat down for four hours to take a […]

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Should the SAT Essay Be Five Paragraphs?

How do you feel about five paragraph essays? Personally, I can’t stand ‘em. They’re like oatmeal—yeah, it gets the job done, but it’s pretty bland and grey. I’d much rather have something else for breakfast… something meatier or more colorful. So you might be surprised then, that I recommend using the standard five paragraph format […]

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When Should You Take the SAT?

The College Board administers the SAT most months of the school year. There’s a test every month from October to June except for in February and April. So you have some choices. What’s the difference?   What years should you take the SAT? With the “score choice” option, you might choose to take the test […]

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Six Month SAT Study Schedule

Hoping to get a head start on your SAT prep? You’re in luck! Prepare with our six month SAT study schedule and avoid cramming at the last minute.

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How Hard Is SAT Vocabulary, Really?

If you haven’t taken any practice SATs or done much in the way of prep, you might not realize what, exactly, you’re getting into. SAT vocab is totally nuts. There will be words on the test that you’ve never seen or heard. I mean it. Oh, you read a lot? And you think you have […]

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Is the SAT an IQ Test?

Despite the size of the test prep industry, there’s this lingering myth that the SAT is an IQ test, so studying for it is futile. The official response to that from the test prep giants (Kaplan, Princeton, Barron’s…) is a pretty unanimous “hogwash!” Or maybe it’s “horsefeathers!” It’s something barn related, in any case. But […]

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SAT Essay Scores

Update: This post has been updated for the redesigned New SAT, which premiered in March 2016 and has an entirely new (and entirely optional) essay, by David Recine. Here’s what you need to know!   Only want the facts? Here’s the short answer: Your New SAT essay will be scored by two professional, human, essay […]

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SAT Reading Comprehension Challenge Questions: Long Fiction

Fiction might sound like a welcome break from the other more academic SAT reading passages, but it’s not necessarily any easier. It can be really dry, in truth. So let’s see how well you hold up to a demonic reading passage. The excerpt below is long, old, full of characters to keep track of, and […]

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SAT Essay Body Paragraph Structure

The body of your SAT essay is where the bulk of your argument will lie (and remember that you are making an argument), and it’s probably the piece that students are most comfortable with. Even if your nerves are fried from SAT anxiety, once you’re halfway through the essay, it’s a bit easier to think […]

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SAT Essay Intro Paragraph Structure

This post has been updated with current, accurate content for the new SAT that premiered in March 2016 by Magoosh test prep expert David Recine!     You know how much first impressions count for? The people who read and grade your SAT essay (there will be 2 of them) are going to see a […]

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