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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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The Complete AP Biology Review Guide for 2018

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 6, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Reviewing for the AP Biology exam can seem daunting. There's so much material to cover, and much of it is highly complex. However, if you plan your time well and use appropriate study materials and strategies, you can expect a great score on the exam. In this article, I'll give you an overview of what the exam is like, what you need to know to ace it, and how you can use your study time effectively before the exam on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8 am! 

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2017 & 2018 Full Review of Every SAT Test Date

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 29, 2017 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 2017-2018 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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The 4 Best AP Psychology Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 19, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

There are many AP Psychology books that claim to be the best review tool for students; however, they aren't all telling the truth. Some review books may be better for you based on the type of student you are and the amount of guidance you need in your studying. In this article, I'll give you a short list of the best textbooks and review books out there so that you can find the one that will help you get your best score on the AP Psychology exam.

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The 5 Best AP Chemistry Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 30, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The more challenging the subject, the more helpful it is to have a good review book. Since AP Chemistry is considered one of the most difficult classes in the AP canon, it's smart to pick up some additional resources to aid in your studying. There are quite a few popular review books out there, but some are more useful than others. In this guide, I'll provide detailed descriptions of the best AP Chemistry review books so you can choose the right one based on your needs as a student. 

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Expert Review: The Official ACT Prep Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 15, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Looking for official ACT practice? The Real ACT Prep Guide (or The Official ACT Prep Guide) is a great resource.

In this article, I'll provide a review of the current Official ACT Prep Guide, including positives and negatives of the new guide, how it differs from the Real ACT Prep Guide 3rd Edition, and whether or not you should buy it to help you through the study process. 

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 5, 2017 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 format of the exam and fully understanding which concepts are covered can go a long way towards earning a high score (and potentially getting college credit).

This article will take you through the structure and scoring of the exam, plus give you some tips on the best ways to study for AP Biology!

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Psychology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 4, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking AP Exams can be stressful, but if you know what to expect on test day, you can eliminate a lot of that anxiety. The AP Psychology exam is one of the more popular AP tests, and it has a pretty straightforward format and scoring system. In this article, I'll tell you what's on the AP Psychology test, how it's graded, and which prep methods you should use to get a great score. 

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2017 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions


It's tempting to judge the quality of a school based on its admissions rate. While this is a reasonable way to assess schools in most cases, there are also some special circumstances that may 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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The Complete Guide to the AP World History Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 1, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Before you start studying for the AP World History exam, you should get the inside scoop on its format and content. The types of questions you'll see might differ from your expectations. It's especially smart to practice writing essay outlines based on past questions before you're faced with fresh prompts on the test. In this article, I'll go through the structure, content, and question types on the exam and provide some helpful tips for acing it!

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 28, 2017 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”. This test is a precursor to the PSAT 10, the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.

But when is it offered? And should you even bother taking it? In this article I’ll give you all the details!

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20 Colleges With the Lowest Acceptance Rates

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 22, 2017 3:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Acceptance rates are an important factor to consider when deciding where you should 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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Is AP Psychology Hard? 5 Key Factors Discussed

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 17, 2017 9:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Before you sign up for any AP class, it's helpful to get an idea of whether you’ll be able to handle the workload (and the exam!). AP Psychology is a popular AP class that is offered at many schools, so you might have the chance to take it at some point in your high school career. But is AP psychology hard? Or is it a walk in the AP park? I’ll tell you which factors go into judging the difficulty of an AP class and examine what they tell us about the AP Psychology class and exam specifically.

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Should You Guess on the ACT? 5 Guessing Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

The ACT has no penalty for guessing. This means that you should ALWAYS GUESS on the ACT if you don’t know the answer, since leaving a question blank and guessing are functionally the same.

This article will focus less on the technical aspects of whether it’s beneficial to guess and more on strategies for guessing that could lead you to the correct answer. After reading this guide, you should be able to score some additional lucky points on the ACT.

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Is AP Biology Hard? An Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Biology is a popular AP class, and many students are curious about the challenges it presents. Is AP Biology hard? Will you spend hours upon hours studying for the class? Are you likely to fail the exam? Or are AP tests much easier than they seem?

In this article, I’ll look at statistics, course material, and student perceptions to present you with a clear picture of the difficulty level of the class and exam. I'll also give you some tips to help you figure out how challenging AP Biology will be for you based on your academic strengths and weaknesses.  

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SAT Security Protocols: What to Expect on Test Day

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 23, 2017 7:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

The security of standardized testing materials is critical in preserving the relevance and fairness of the test as a whole. Since so many students around the world take the SAT, it can be difficult to prevent leaks, but the College Board does have many measures in place to keep confidential questions from being released to the public. In this article, I'll go over the specifics of the SAT security measures, explain the most recent breaches in test security, and review what all of this means for you. 

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