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.
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 […]
There’s a special recipe for acing SAT math. It’s a very specific blend of knowing the material (doing your school homework counts a lot for this) and knowing the test. Studying for the SAT, then, is a balance between the two. How do you make it work? Learn From Your Math Mistakes Let’s say […]
First, let me say this loud and clear: at this point, nobody knows exactly what the 2016 SAT will look like. So if you’re in the class of 2017, that means you get to be the guinea pigs. The College Board is going to experiment with your brain. Okay, not really. They’re going to experiment […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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