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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 5 Best AP Chemistry Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 24, 2018 2:00:00 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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The 4 Best AP Psychology Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 24, 2018 1:00:00 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 might be better for you based on what type of student you are or the amount of guidance you need in your studying.

In this article, I'll give you a list of the best AP Psychology textbooks and review books so you can find the one that will help you get your very best score on the AP Psychology exam.

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What Do SAT Scores Measure? IQ? Income?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 16, 2018 7:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Everyone knows that scores on the SAT can make or break your college admissions chances, but can they measure your innate cognitive abilities? What do they really say about your potential?

In this article, I’ll tell you what SAT scores can and can’t measure and provide advice about when you might use them to estimate your own capabilities.

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 16, 2018 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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College GPA Requirements: What Do You Need to Get In?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

As a high school student, you may be wondering if your GPA is high enough to meet the admission standards at your college of choice. Not every college has specific GPA requirements, but it's possible to estimate a cutoff for admission based on statistics from previous classes. In this article, I'll explain how GPA requirements for colleges work and give you the tools to figure out exactly how high your GPA should be to apply successfully to your dream college. 

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Expert Review: The Official ACT Prep Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Looking for official ACT practice? The Official ACT Prep Guide (or The Real 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 37 Biggest Colleges in the United States

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 8, 2018 5:30:00 PM

College Admissions

You might be interested in attending a big college, but just how big are you thinking? Some schools have over 40,000 undergraduates, making them the size of a small city. These schools can provide great opportunities to students, but they can also be a little overwhelming.

In this article, I’ll give you a list of the 37 biggest colleges for undergraduates in the US along with student feedback about what it’s really like to be part of such a large college community.

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 2, 2018 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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What Is GPA? What Does GPA Mean?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 4, 2018 6:32:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Many students get very hung up on GPA in high school - is it high enough? Will it pass muster in college admissions? What does your GPA even mean?

In this article, I’ll go through what GPA is, what GPA means, and how it can help or hurt you in the college admissions process.

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4 Strategies to Raise Your GPA in High School Fast

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

It can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you’re in the latter half of high school already. With your previous grades working against you, you’ll have to put in even more effort to overcome lower averages.

However, there are some measures you can take to have a better chance of raising your GPA quickly and effectively. In this article, I’ll give you different strategies that may help you raise your GPA even if you don’t have much time left in high school.

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What's an Unweighted GPA? How to Calculate It

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 11, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Many high schools record your academic performance using unweighted GPA. But what does your unweighted GPA mean in the eyes of colleges? And how can you calculate it yourself? In this article, I’ll tell you what an unweighted GPA is, how to interpret it, and how to calculate it based on your letter grades.

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What's a Weighted GPA? How to Calculate It

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 9, 2018 10:45:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Your weighted GPA in high school tells colleges a lot about your ability to take on academic challenges. In this article, I’ll go through a basic description of what a weighted GPA is, why it matters for you, and how you can calculate your own weighted GPA if your school uses this type of scale.

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 9, 2018 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 Expert's Guide to the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 7, 2018 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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How to Send ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 5, 2018 6:44:00 PM

ACT Logistics

ACT scores are in, and now it’s time to move onto the next step - college applications! You may be wondering how to send your scores and whether you’re making the right choices about which ones you'll allow colleges to see. In this article, I’ll go through how to decide which scores to send and the way the process works overall.

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