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Samantha Lindsay

Samantha is a blog content writer for PrepScholar. Her goal is to help students adopt a less stressful view of standardized testing and other academic challenges through her articles. Samantha is also passionate about art and graduated with honors from Dartmouth College as a Studio Art major in 2014. In high school, she earned a 2400 on the SAT, 5's on all seven of her AP tests, and was named a National Merit Scholar.

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Words in Context: Key SAT Reading and Writing Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 16, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading

There are no more sentence completion questions on the SAT, so your vocabulary knowledge will be tested with questions that fall under the umbrella of the Words in Context subscore. In this article, I'll give you the inside scoop on what these questions are, what forms they might take in both the Reading and Writing sections, and which strategies work best for solving them accurately. 

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18 Awesome ACT Hacks to Help You Ace the Test

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

Wouldn't it be great if there was a key that unlocked all the shortcuts to success on the ACT? Although that dream might be a little unrealistic, the advice in this article will give you the next best thing in the form of mini-strategies that will cut down on your stress levels and improve your scores.

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The Best AP World History Notes to Study With

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 12, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP World History is a fascinating survey of the evolution of human civilization from the beginning of recorded history to the present.  Because it spans thousands of years and covers the rise and fall of countless empires and nations across the globe, it might seem like an overwhelming amount of information to remember for one test. This article will help you organize your studying more easily by providing links to online AP World History notes and advice on how to use those notes to structure and execute a successful study plan.  

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The Best AP US Government Review: 5-Step Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 29, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP US Government can be a fascinating class for those interested in how the American political system works and what factors led to its formation. While the exam is less difficult than many other APs, it's still important to understand the types of questions you can expect and the most efficient ways to study based on the content. In this article, I'll go through sample questions from each part of the exam, list a step-by-step AP Government review process, and provide some tips for making the most of your studying.

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Command of Evidence: 3 Key SAT Writing Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 22, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

Questions that fall under the umbrella of the Command of Evidence SAT subscore appear on both the Reading and Writing sections of the SAT. This article will focus exclusively on Command of Evidence questions in the Writing section, including examples from practice tests, answer explanations, and test-taking tips that are specific to these types of questions. Head over to this article instead if you're looking for a detailed discussion of Command of Evidence questions in the Reading section. 

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The Complete Guide to AP US Government FRQs

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 8, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Free-response questions on the AP US Government exam are more straightforward than those on some other AP tests, but they can still be tough if you're not ready for them. In this guide, I'll lay out a step-by-step method for answering AP Government FRQs, go through a real example, and tell you where you can find additional practice resources.  

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Expert Review: The Real ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 17, 2016 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

The ACT recently released a new official prep guide for the upcoming school year. This guide is designed to accommodate several small changes that were made to the format of the test. These changes include new essay prompts, fewer science passages, and paired passages in the reading section. In this article, I'll provide a review of the Official ACT Prep Guide for 2016-2017, including positives and negatives of the new guide, how it differs from the 3rd Edition, and whether or not you should buy it to help you through the study process. 

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2016 & 2017 Full Review of Every SAT Test Date

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 17, 2016 9:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Deciding when to take the SAT can be stressful because the best test dates aren't the same for everyone. Levels of preparation, goal scores, and other academic conflicts should all be considered in devising the most logical testing schedule for each student. The following is a full description of the pros and cons of each SAT test date in the 2016-2017 school year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You can use this guide to come up with a game plan that works for you!

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Most Important Themes in The Crucible, Analyzed

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 17, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Book Guides

The Crucible remains a staple of high school English because it is rich in themes that are consistently relevant to human beings regardless of time period. But these themes aren't always easy to explain or dissect in the context of the play, and they can be even harder to develop into essays. Read on for an overview of what a theme is, a list of important themes in The Crucible with specific act-by-act details, and a summary of how to use this information in your essays and other assignments.  

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Best Crucible Plot Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you need to refresh your memory on the plot of The Crucible or just want some clarification on exactly what's happening in each act of the play as you read, you've come to the right place. I've written a full plot summary, divided by act, so you can better understand and recall the events of the play. As a bonus, this article also includes short descriptions of the main characters and a list of major themes that crop up throughout the narrative.  

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McCarthyism and The Crucible: What to Know

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Book Guides

In studying The Crucible, you will inevitably be faced with questions about the play's connections to the "Red Scare" of the 1950s and the phenomenon known as McCarthyism. These connections are important because they demonstrate that The Crucible is not merely a (highly adapted) retelling of historical events but also an allegorical reference to the timelessness of certain central human flaws. In this article, I'll provide historical background on McCarthyism, tell you about Arthur Miller's personal involvement with the investigations of alleged communists in the 1950s, and explain how and why interpretations of The Crucible are so closely tied to the political attitudes and events of that decade.    

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Best Crucible Act 4 Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Book Guides

Act 4 gives us the exciting conclusion to this saga of madness. How are the citizens of Salem and their governing officials dealing with the fallout from the trials? Will the "witches" falsely confess to avoid execution? Does John Proctor still, like, totally hate himself? Read on to find out all this and more, including key quotes and a thematic analysis for the final act of The Crucible.

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Best Crucible Act 3 Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Other High School

In Act 3 of The Crucible, we meet the judges who have been conducting the witch trials. John Proctor and Mary Warren finally confront the court with the truth, but, as you'll see, the truth has limited currency when it doesn't align with what people have already chosen to believe. I'll include short and long summaries of Act 3, a list of the most important quotes, and a thematic analysis covering the events of this part of the play.   

 

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Answer: Why Does Elizabeth Want John to Go to Salem?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 28, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Book Guides

Many readers have the same question about  Act 2 of The Crucible: why does Elizabeth want John to go to Salem? This article provides both short and long answers to this question. It should help you to understand the reasoning behind her request, why it changes slightly over the course of the act, and how it connects to the lingering tension in their marriage.   

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Answer: Why Has Reverend Hale Returned to Salem?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 28, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Book Guides

A lot of readers of The Crucible have the same question: why has Reverend Hale returned to Salem in Act 4? This is a short article detailing the reasons behind Hale's decision to return. If you're confused about what his motivations are and what he hopes to accomplish, read on for a complete explanation.  

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