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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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What Is PSAT 8/9? Should You Take It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The College Board now offers the PSAT 8/9 to eighth graders and high school freshmen as the first hurdle in the group of tests they call the "SAT Suite of Assessments." The PSAT 8/9 is a precursor to the PSAT 10, the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.

But when is the PSAT 8/9 offered? And should you even bother taking it? In this article I'll give you all the details!

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The Most Selective Colleges, Why, and How to Get In

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 16, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

It's tempting to judge the quality of a school based on its admissions rate. Although this is a reasonable way to assess schools in most cases, there are some special circumstances that might result in extremely low acceptance rates at less academically demanding colleges.

In this article, I'll list the most selective colleges in the United States, tell you why they accept so few of their applicants, and provide some advice on how to apply successfully.

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19 Colleges With the Lowest Acceptance Rates

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Acceptance rates are an important factor to consider when deciding where to apply to college. A school’s acceptance rate is often considered a measurement of its quality. While this is accurate in many cases, some schools have low acceptance rates for reasons unrelated to the academic excellence of admitted students.

In this article, I’ll tell you what the lowest college acceptance rate is, explain why some colleges have such low acceptance rates, and list the colleges with the lowest acceptance rates.

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Every AP Chemistry Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 9, 2019 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

What's the best way to study for AP Chemistry? Practice, practice, practice. This article will provide you with links to every practice test and quiz for AP Chemistry that's available online, including full official and unofficial tests, shorter quizzes that cover each topic area, and other prep services you can access with a subscription!

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The Best SAT Reading Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

SAT Reading


When preparing for SAT Reading, it’s crucial to use high-quality practice materials that accurately reflect the content of the real test. In this article, I will go through the best resources for SAT Reading practice materials, both online and in printed prep books.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 26, 2019 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're taking AP Biology, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the exam before you get too far into the course. Preparing ahead of time for the AP exam format and fully understanding which concepts are covered on the AP Biology test can go a long way toward earning a high score (and potentially getting college credit!).

This article will take you through the structure and scoring of the AP Bio exam and give you some key tips on the best ways to study for AP Biology.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Human Geography Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 26, 2019 10:25:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Human Geography is an investigation of how the human species has populated the earth and developed different cultures, political systems, and means of production. This is a subject that can be a little hard to pin down because it represents an intersection of lots of different types of information. How does the College Board test such a wide range of topics? Continue reading to gain a better understanding of the lay of the land (so to speak) on the AP Human Geography exam!

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Every AP Human Geography Practice Test Available

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 12, 2019 10:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Practice tests are the best way to get acclimated to the timing and question formats that you'll encounter on the AP Human Geography exam. They'll also help you figure out where you need to put in additional study time to improve your scores.

In this article, I'll link to all the practice tests available for AP Human Geography, including full official tests, full unofficial tests, and mini unofficial quizzes that test specific parts of the curriculum.

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The Best AP Psychology Notes to Study With

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 12, 2019 9:46:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Note-taking can get disorganized even for the most conscientious among us. It's hard to sort through a whole year's worth of material, especially in an AP class that covers a wide range of topics and theories. This article is intended to serve as a one-stop-shop for comprehensive notes on all the topics covered in AP Psychology. Whether you lost your class notes on cognition or just want an easier way to see everything in one place, the links in this article will help make your study process more focused and less stressful!

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Complete List: The Smallest Colleges in the United States

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 27, 2019 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

You might be interested in going to a small college, but just how small? In general, schools labeled small have fewer than 5,000 students in total. However, quite a few schools are actually at least 10 times smaller than this.

In this article I’ll describe the characteristics of small colleges and then provide a list of the smallest colleges in the nation by category.

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The Best AP Biology Books 2019: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It’s extremely important to have reliable books for learning and studying the material covered in AP classes. This is particularly true for AP Biology considering the complexity and breadth of the course's content. The format of the AP Biology exam was modified significantly in 2013, and there are some books that have kept up with the changes better than others. In this article, I’ll tell you which books are your best bet for acing AP Biology and which ones you should use only at your own risk!

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SAT Analogies and Comparisons: Why Were They Removed, and What Replaced Them?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 10:34:00 PM

SAT General Info

In 2005, major changes made to the question types in the reading and math sections of the SAT. Two types of comparison questions - quantitative comparison questions from math, and analogies from reading - were booted from the SAT.

In this article I’ll give you the rundown on what these questions were like, how the SAT replaced them, and how questions have evolved even further on the 2016 version of the test. 

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SAT Score Range: The Complete Story

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 5:21:00 PM

SAT General Info

What is the range for SAT scores? How do your scores stack up? In this article, I’ll give you a basic rundown of the range of scores you can expect on the SAT and help you put your scores in perspective if you’ve already taken the test.

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What's the Average College GPA? By Major?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 5:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

If you’re still in high school, you might be curious about how college GPAs work and what you can expect for grades given your major of choice. Just like high schools, colleges vary in how they calculate GPA. Grade inflation also significantly affects college GPA at most schools, causing many students to end up with higher GPAs in college than they had in high school.

In this article, I’ll give you the facts about average GPAs at different types of colleges and within a variety of college majors.

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The Best SAT and ACT Test Dates for Senior Fall

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Senior year is coming up, and you're ready to take a last shot at the SAT or ACT before applying to college. But when should you take the test? And how can you ensure that your scores make it to colleges on time?

Read on to see a list of the fall and winter test dates as well as a detailed guide on how to choose the best date for your situation. 

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