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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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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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Why Wrong Answers Are Good for Your SAT Scores

No, of course wrong answers on your SAT aren’t going to get you any points. SAT scorers actually take off a quarter point from your raw score for each incorrect bubble, so be very careful. It may be strange, but that’s how the College Board calculates SAT scores. Falling for a trap or making a […]

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How Hard is SAT Math

Just how hard is SAT math if it doesn’t test really high level math topics? It doesn’t even get to trigonometry. Yet, at the same time, it’s meant to challenge even the most advanced math students. There’s a pretty clear problem there. How do you sort the best junior or senior year math students from […]

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SAT “Identifying Sentence Error” Writing Multiple Choice

You get two writing multiple choice sections on the SAT. One of those two is a short section—only ten minutes and 14 questions—and is made up entirely of Improving Sentence questions. The other one is longer and has all three types of writing multiple choice questions. That 25 minute section is the bulk of where […]

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The Most Common SAT Essay Mistakes

In a way, the SAT essay grade is the easiest thing to improve in your SAT score. Well, some jumps are easier than others. It’s more common to jump from a 4 to an 8 (out of 12) than it is to jump from an 8 to a 12. That’s because a lot of the […]

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SAT Math Review: Sequences

You’ll probably get one or two questions about sequences on your SAT. Since they’re not a really big deal, don’t start your SAT studies here. Instead, spend some time on the bigger issues, like SAT geometry and SAT graphs. But if you’ve already mastered those, then it certainly doesn’t hurt to dig into the smaller […]

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Number Properties and Factor Trees On the SAT

SAT math loves number properties almost as much as it loves triangles. Of course, that’s actually a wide range of topics. Number properties describe how integers can be broken down, combined, or worked with in different ways; exponent patterns, odds and evens, positives and negatives, and divisibility all fall under the number property umbrella, as […]

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