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

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 25, 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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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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The Best AP World History Notes to Study With

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 24, 2022 10:33:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP World History is a fascinating survey of the evolution of human civilization from 1200 CE to the present. Because it spans almost 1,000 years and covers massive changes in power, culture, and technology across the globe, it might seem like an overwhelming amount of info to remember for one test.

This article will help you organize your studying by providing links to online AP World History notes and advice on how to use these notes to structure and execute a successful study plan.

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The Best AP Human Geography Review Books

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 23, 2022 10:55:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If AP Human Geography is one of your first AP classes, you might be looking for some guidance on what you should study and how you should plan out your time. Even if you're not new to APs, it can be difficult to pin down what's important in this cross-disciplinary course.

That's where review books come in handy. This guide will provide a list of the best AP Human Geography books for exam review, and advice on how to choose one that fits your needs.

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AP Chemistry FRQ: How to Ace the Free Response Questions

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 23, 2022 9:41:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Practicing free-response questions is one of the best things you can do to improve your AP Chemistry score. Not only will you excel on the free-response section, but you'll also know the material so well that the multiple-choice questions will be a piece of cake.

In this article, I'll tell you all about the free-response section of the exam, give you some tips on how to solve AP Chemistry FRQs, and go through a couple of sample problems from recent exams so you can get a feel for what they're like!

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The Complete Guide to AP Human Geography FRQs

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 15, 2022 10:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The free-response section is the hardest part of any AP test. Although AP Human Geography is much more straightforward than some other humanities AP exams, if you don't have your stuff down, the free-response section can still hit you where it hurts.

In this article, we'll go through the structure of the free-response section, some helpful tips for answering AP Human Geography FRQs, examples of what these free-response questions look like, and a few places where you can find the best practice materials.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Biology Exam

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 15, 2022 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 what 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 Ultimate AP US History Study Guide

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 15, 2022 4:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Studying for the AP US History course is an exercise in memorization and critical thinking. Multiple-choice questions ask you to read and analyze documents based on your historical knowledge. Essay questions require similar skills but with the added challenge of synthesizing your ideas into a coherent argument that incorporates both outside knowledge and evidence given to you.

In this comprehensive AP US History study guide, we will provide all the resources and strategies you need to prepare for the AP exam and any other test that comes your way in this course!

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