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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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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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The Official SAT Study Guide Book Review (2nd Edition)

“The blue book,” as it’s affectionately known among SAT teachers, is one of the best official SAT books in the test prep world, hands down. It’s rare that the test makers will hire somebody to write an official study guide who will give real, practical advice on how to take the test. Usually, in the […]

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Three Month SAT Study Schedule

Get your scores up with our comprehensive three month SAT study plan, containing week by week instructions for an SAT study schedule you can stick to!

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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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Megalo-mnemonical SAT Vocab: Words from Starcraft

There are a few different reactions the word “Starcraft” in that title might’ve evoked: 1. Huh? Is that a game? 2. Yeah, I know that game. 3. Hey! I love that game. 4. Hey! I love that sport! Besides that, you probably also thought, “Man, that’s a weird place to get SAT vocab from.” And […]

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Shortcut for SAT Writing Improving Sentence Questions

There are plenty of “tricks” to taking the SAT out there, and a whole lot of them are shams. Yes, the College Board is sneaky, and the SAT is full of trap answers. But there’s not really any single rule you can follow to avoid those traps. For example, even though the word “never” can […]

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SAT Question Types

Update: This post has been updated for the New SAT (the redesigned SAT that launched in 2016) by Magoosh test prep expert David Recine and is accurate for the new SAT!   Want to know what you’re going to see when you take the New SAT? I’m going to break down exactly how many of […]

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