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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 Math Practice– Number Properties Answers and Explanations

Let’s go over the answers to those questions in the SAT number properties quiz. Each question is repeated below so you don’t have to keep going back and forth between posts.   Question #1 In the three-digit integer , in which X, Y, and Z each represent a different integer, . If is even, how […]

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SAT Math Practice: Number Properties Practice Questions

Since we’re practicing for the SAT, all of the questions below are in SAT format. That means that they’re not just meant to test whether you’ve studied number properties, but also to check your ability to use that knowledge creatively. Before you start, do a little bit of review. Be ready to do some plugging […]

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SAT Critical Reading vs. High School English Class

When people are asked to link the three SAT scores to high school classes, most will do something kind of funny. SAT Math = Math SAT Writing = English SAT Critical Reading = English That seems really lopsided. Why does the test have two sections on English? If you’ve been getting Cs in that class, […]

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How Many Practice SATs Should I Take?

Although it’s indispensable for SAT prep, The Official SAT Study Guide from the College Board isn’t complete on its own… it really needs to be supplemented with more in depth lessons and explanations of questions. You can get that from us at Magoosh (or elsewhere), along with a healthy dose of more personalized practice, which […]

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How Many SAT Writing Questions Are “No Error”?

Before we answer the question, let’s review the types of SAT writing questions. Two kinds of writing multiple choice questions always have an option to leave the sentence or phrase as it is; identifying sentence error questions have the option of (E), “No error,” and improving sentence questions always repeat the underlined section without any […]

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Reading SAT Fiction Passages

On every SAT, there’s one long fiction passage. It’s usually the longest individual reading passage on the test (which means about 75-100 lines). You might get a shorter fiction passage at only 50 or 60 lines long, but that’s less common. The SAT likes relatively recent fiction, but it’s not unheard of to see something […]

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SAT Identifying Sentence Errors Practice Questions

The questions below are examples of “identifying sentence error” questions, which show up in the long writing multiple choice section of the SAT. There are 18 of this SAT question type, altogether, out of a total of 49 scored writing multiple choice problems. While you do these practice questions, remember that you don’t need to […]

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SAT Identifying Sentence Errors Answers and Explanations

Let’s go through the answers to those identifying sentence error questions. Remember that this isn’t just about checking whether or not you got the right answers. It’s about understanding how you should get there. When you take the SAT, you should analyze each underlined section in a different way, depending on what part of the […]

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Megalo-mnemonical SAT Vocab: Words that Sound like Food

It’s too bad that you’re not allowed to eat during the SAT, right? Okay, so maybe four hours isn’t exactly an eternity to go without food, especially when you can (and should) have a little snack during the breaks, but it’d be nice to have a more relaxed atmosphere like that. Anyway, if you’re hungry, […]

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SAT Math Problems Are Puzzles

You know how the SAT doesn’t go into high-level math? That’s because SAT math isn’t really about what you learn in math class. Since the SAT is supposed to be for students going into any type of college program, the math section is actually built around how well you can solve puzzles, in a way. […]

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