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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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Which High School Classes Do Ivy League Schools Require?

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 27, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

College admissions can seem like a giant puzzle, especially if you're hoping to attend an Ivy League or other extremely selective school. Planning your high school schedule carefully is definitely important, but these schools' expectations aren't as inflexible as you might think they are.

In this article, I'll provide a concise overview of what Ivy League admission requirements are for high school transcripts and give you some tips on how to map out your classes so you have an excellent shot at being accepted.

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What Is the SAT Waitlist? Should You Get on It?

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 23, 2022 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Did you miss the registration deadline for the SAT test date you wanted? Don't fear—you still might have a chance to take the test if you get on the waitlist.

In this article, we give you instructions on how to register for the SAT waitlist, followed by some advice on whether it's the right choice for you.

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The 10 Best Art Schools in the United States

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 19, 2022 4:30:00 PM

College Info

If you have a passion for art, you should go to a college that will nurture your creativity. An art school will help you to develop your skills and learn more about what it takes to succeed in the professional world of art and design. In this article, I'll give you the details on what defines a great art school and provide a list of the best art colleges in the country for undergraduate students.

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Colleges With Guaranteed Admission for SAT/ACT Scores

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 19, 2022 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info, College Admissions

Some colleges will guarantee admission to applicants who meet certain requirements for test scores and GPA. These schools are good choices for students who are looking for sure bets in the college application process.

In this guide, I've compiled every school that offers guaranteed admission based on SAT/ACT scores, along with other requirements like residency and GPA. If you're lucky, you'll fit the criteria at one or more of these colleges and be 100% certain of your acceptance if you choose to apply.

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

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 19, 2022 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, we'll give you all the details!

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12 Best Art Schools in the World

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 1, 2022 8:00:00 AM

College Info

If you have a passion for art, there are some great college options out there for you! Art schools can provide you with the tools you need to develop your skills and make a career out of what you love.

In this article, I'll give you a list of the best art schools in the world, tell you what each of their programs is like, and give you some tips on how to choose the right one for you.

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The Complete AP Biology Review Guide for 2023

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 10, 2022 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 AP Biology exam is like, what you need to know to ace it, and how you can use your study time effectively before the exam on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 12PM!

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How Much Do SAT Subject Tests Cost?

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 25, 2022 5:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Many competitive college programs require high school students to submit SAT Subject Test scores to be eligible for admission. This usually means spending a little more money on test registration, but fee waivers are available if you're eligible. In this article, I'll go through how much each SAT Subject Test costs and how fee waivers work for these tests.

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Expert Review: The Official ACT Prep Guide

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 25, 2022 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Looking for official ACT practice? 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 and whether or not you should buy it to help you through the study process.

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The Best SAT Reading Practice Tests and Questions

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 31, 2022 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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When Is the PSAT? 2022 PSAT Test Dates

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 15, 2022 1:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're coming up on your sophomore or junior year, you're probably wondering when you'll be taking the PSAT and how you should prepare. In this article, I'll tell you when the PSAT is offered this year, how to get ready, and how this relates to your future plans for the SAT.

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The 5 Best AP World History Books for Practice and Review

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 3, 2022 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

It's hard to know where to begin when studying for AP World History. Though the exam mainly covers broad themes and trends, there's so much information to sift through that it can be easy to get lost in the weeds. Review books can help guide your study plan, ensure that you revisit the most important concepts, and teach you critical test-taking strategies.

In this article, we'll go through the best books to use for studying AP World History and how you can choose one that will give you the tools you need to ace this test.

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The Best AP Chemistry Notes to Study With

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 3, 2022 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It can be difficult to keep your notes organized throughout the school year, especially in a class that covers so much content. This article will give you links to notes on every topic included in the AP Chemistry curriculum. If you're missing some of your notes, or if you just want a more structured overview of what you need to know for the exam, you've come to the right place! We'll also give you some study tips so that you can use both these notes and the notes you took throughout the year to your best advantage.

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The Best AP Biology Notes to Study With

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 3, 2022 9:39:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It's natural for your in-class notes to get a little disorganized in a course that covers as much material as AP Biology. Whether you're missing a couple of sections of notes or you just want to see a clearer outline of how the course is structured, this article will be helpful.

We've compiled all the information you need to know for the AP Biology test in the form of links to online notes and descriptions of labs. We'll also follow up with some tips on using these notes effectively.

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The Best AP Biology Study Guide

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 3, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Studying for AP Biology is a big undertaking, and it can seem pretty overwhelming at first. But if you get an early start and have the right strategies and tools at your disposal, you stand a strong chance of getting a great score on the test.

In this complete AP Biology study guide, we're providing you with all the resources you need to carry out a focused, effective study plan. We give you the most helpful information out there so you can begin your journey to a 5 (nope, it's not too ambitious!).

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