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Christine Sarikas

Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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BREAKING: AP Exam Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 24, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The COVID-19 coronavirus is causing massive changes to the 2019/2020 school year, and one of those changes is how AP exams will be taken this spring. The College Board has made recent updates to the 2020 AP exams, and you can find everything you need to know about them in this guide. We cover if/how the AP exams will be taken, if colleges will still accept these scores, and how you can prepare for the exams with digital resources.

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SSAT Test Dates: Complete Guide to Choosing (2019, 2020)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Other High School

When are the upcoming SSAT test dates? How often is this test administered? Students hoping to attend private schools often need to take the SSAT, and since this test is only given a few times a year, it's important to know the upcoming SSAT test dates so you can register early enough to ensure you get a spot.

In this guide, we provide you with a chart of the upcoming SSAT test dates, which makes it easy to see when you can take the test and when you need to register for it. We also give tips on test fees, explain what to expect on test day, and offer advice on when you should take the SSAT.

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BREAKING: SAT Test Date Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 17, 2020 5:30:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has upended events across the world, and that includes upcoming SAT test dates. Some SAT test dates have been cancelled while the future of other test dates is up in the air, and it makes for a stressful situation for students who need to take the SAT to apply to college. Use this guide to learn the latest information on COVID-19 SAT cancellations, what you should do if you were registered for a cancelled exam, what steps the College Board is taking as a result of the cancellations, and what you should do while you're waiting to take the SAT.

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MIT vs Stanford: Which University Is Better?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 9, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Are you struggling to decide between attending Stanford or MIT? Both are among the highest-ranked universities in the world, and both are particularly known for excellence in STEM programs. So how can you choose between them? In this guide, we compare MIT vs Stanford on a variety of key factors, in both a quick reference chart and in longer explanations. We then walk through the five questions you need to ask yourself in order to make the most well-informed decision and choose the school that’s best for you.

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What Is the ACT WorkKeys Test? How Can It Help You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Did you think you were done taking the ACT once you got into college? Think again! There’s actually an exam created by ACT Inc. specifically designed for professionals, called ACT WorkKeys. What is this test? Who should take it? How can it benefit you? In this guide we answer all your questions about ACT WorkKeys and the National Careers Readiness Certificate so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your career.

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Every AP Statistics Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Statistics exam soon and want to make sure you're prepared? One of the best ways to measure your progress and figure out which areas you need to focus on is to take practice exams. There are a lot of AP Statistics practice exams available; however, some are higher-quality than others. Taking a poorly written practice exam can cause you to study the wrong things and give you an inaccurate picture of what the real AP exam will be like.

In this guide, I'll go over every AP Statistics practice test available, explain if and how you should use each one, and end with a schedule you can follow to help you incorporate practice tests into your study plans.

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What Is (and Isn't) on the AP Statistics Formula Sheet?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're going to be taking the AP Statistics exam, you're in luck! During the test, you'll have access to a formula sheet that has many useful equations. However, you need to know exactly what's on the AP Statistics formula sheet and how to use it before test day in order for it to be helpful.

In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the newly-updated AP Stats formula sheet. We'll explain the exact equations that it includes, show you what the formula sheet looks like, go over a few important equations it doesn't contain, and give you tips on how to get the most out of it.

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4 Top Tips for AP Statistics Free-Response Questions

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The free-response section is usually the most intimidating part of the AP Statistics exam. You'll need to answer questions with multiple parts, show off your stats skills, and be able to explain each of your answers. However, once you understand the types of questions you'll be asked, the free-response section is actually pretty straightforward.

In this in-depth guide to the AP Statistics free-response section, we go over the types of questions you can expect to see, give sample questions with complete answer explanations, explain how you'll be graded, and provide tips to help you ace this section of the exam.

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The 5 Best AP Statistics Review Books to Prep for the Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're preparing for the AP Statistics exam, a prep book can be your best tool to help you reach the score you're aiming for.

However, not all prep books are created equal. In this guide, we go over the top five AP Statistics review books out there and give advice on whom each of them is best for. We also explain what you should look for in an AP Statistics book and how to make the most of your prep book during your studying.

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The Ultimate Guide to the AP Statistics Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP Statistics? If so, you're likely wondering what to expect from the AP Statistics exam. Before you sit down to take the final test, it's important to understand how the AP Stats test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how it'll be scored.

This guide will explain all of that information, show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for the AP Statistics test.

In 2020, the AP Statistics exam will take place on Friday, May 15th at 12:00pm.

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Every AP Calculus AB Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 28, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the best ways to prepare for the AP Calculus AB exam, as well as stay on top of lessons in class throughout the year, is to take regular practice tests. Taking practice tests lets you estimate how well you'll do on the AP exam, shows you the areas you need to focus your studies on, and helps you become more comfortable with the format of the AP exam.

There are a ton of AB Calc practice tests available, however; not all of them are created equally. Taking a poorly written practice test can give you a false idea of what the real AP exam will be like and cause you to study the wrong things.

You can avoid those problems by reading this guide to AP Calculus AB practice tests. I'll go through every AP Calculus AB practice exam that's available, tell you which are highest quality, and explain how you should use practice tests when preparing for the AP exam as well as throughout the year.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 28, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Calculus AB exam this spring and want to be well prepared on test day? The AP Calculus AB exam in 2020 will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at 8 am.

Before you sit down to take the exam, though, it's critical that you know how the Calculus AB test is formatted, what topics it covers, and how you'll be scored on it. This guide will go over all of that information while also showing you official sample problems and giving you tips on the best way to prepare for AP Calculus AB.

The exam was updated in May 2017, so this guide will explain what changes have been made and how they might affect your review. The AP Calculus AB exam can sometimes seem overwhelming, but we're here to break it down into clear and manageable information for you. You can also check out CollegeBoard's new AP Classroom tool for AP Calculus AB, which has additional resources and information. Let's get started!

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How to Get a Good Community Service Letter: 4 Steps to Follow

Have you done some volunteer work or community service and want to get a letter that shows how many hours you've completed and what jobs you did? Or maybe you need a community service letter to apply for a scholarship, job, or to a particular college? Do you know who you should ask to write the letter and what it should include?

Read on to learn what a community service letter is, why it's useful, and how you can get a great one written for you.

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The Best AP Environmental Science Review Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 22, 2020 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Knowing how to review for an AP exam can be challenging, and, based on average exam scores, it appears that many students who take AP Environmental Science don't adequately prepare for the final test.

Fortunately, if you're not sure where to start, this guide will walk you through the complete AP Environmental Science review process. We'll start by going over the format of the AP exam and what it covers, including sample questions. We'll then move on to useful review strategies and the plan you should follow in order to get prepared for the exam.

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Every AP Environmental Science Practice Test Available

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 22, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you preparing for the Environmental Science AP exam? One of the best ways to study for the test and figure out how well you're doing is to take practice tests. Practice tests let you see what kinds of questions you'll be asked on the exam and also help you figure out which subjects or types of questions you struggle with and need to review more. Finding practice tests can be time-consuming, and, unfortunately, not all AP practice tests are created equally.

But we're here to help. In this guide, I'll provide links to all AP Environmental Science practice tests that are currently available, point out which are the highest quality, and explain how you should be using them in your prep.

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