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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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IB Test Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 30, 2020 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

COVID-19 (the coronavirus) has caused serious changes to upcoming IB exams and the IB programme. To help you stay up to date, we've compiled all the information you need to know about IB alterations and cancellations as a result of COVID-19, how they'll impact you, and how they'll impact the potential college credit you earn from IB scores.

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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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The Best AP Environmental Science Review Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 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 Statistics Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 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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Every AP Environmental Science Practice Test Available

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 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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Every AP Calculus AB Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 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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What Is (and Isn't) on the AP Statistics Formula Sheet?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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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Is AP Statistics Hard? An Expert Discussion

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Statistics is a popular class to take in high school. Many college majors require students to complete a statistics course, and taking it in high school frees up a space in your college schedule. But is this the best choice to make? Is AP Statistics hard? Will you be able to manage the class?

In this guide, we'll look at data, course material, and student perceptions to give you a clear idea of the difficulty level of the AP Statistics class and exam. We'll also go over tips for figuring out how challenging AP Statistics will likely be for you based on three key factors.

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The Best AP Environmental Science Study Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 2020 10:13:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you studying for your AP Environmental Science class or the final AP test? Reviewing for any AP exam is tricky, and many students who take AP Enviro aren't sure how they should be studying.

This comprehensive AP Environmental Science study guide will walk you through how you can develop a review plan for AP Enviro, offer study tips, and provide links to notes and practice exams to make your review as effective as possible.

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The Best AP Environmental Science Notes to Study With

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 2020 10:13:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It's often a challenge to study for AP exams, AP Environmental Science included. Because this class covers so many different areas, such as science, law, and current events, it can be tough to keep your notes straight. Whether you're missing some notes or just want them organized more clearly, this guide is for you.

Here, I've put together a list of links to AP Environmental Science notes and vocabulary that you can easily browse through to supplement your studying. I'll also go over how to use these notes and wrap up with some tips to help make your prep as effective as it can be.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 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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