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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 Best ACT Reading Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 25, 2020 10:30:00 AM

ACT Reading

Doing well on the ACT Reading section requires a fair amount of practice, especially if you're not used to the format and timing of the test. In order to get the most out of your study time, you need to be using the highest quality practice materials available to you.

In this article, I'll go through some of the best resources for ACT Reading practice tests and tell you why you should use them!

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The 5 Best AP World History Books for Practice and Review

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 24, 2020 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, I'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 Complete Guide to AP Human Geography FRQs

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 23, 2020 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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Every AP Human Geography Practice Test Available

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 23, 2020 10:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Full-length practice tests are the best way to get acclimated to the timing and question formats 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, we'll give you links 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 Human Geography Review Books

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 23, 2020 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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The Ultimate AP Human Geography Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 23, 2020 10:28:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

In your AP Human Geography class, you'll learn about the dynamics of societies around the world in economic, social, political, and environmental contexts. This course focuses a lot on ideas and models, along with terminology that defines the ways in which we've chosen to inhabit and change our surroundings.

This AP Human Geography study guide is designed to guide you through all the big concepts covered in the course, with an emphasis on cumulative preparation for the AP exam.

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The Best AP Human Geography Review Plan

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 23, 2020 10:27:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Half the battle in reviewing for AP tests is knowing where to begin and how to structure your time. When it comes to the Human Geography class, how do you successfully switch from preparing for in-class tests to gearing up for the infamously difficult AP Human Geography exam?

In this complete AP Human Geography review, we give you a list of all the topics you'll see on test day, go through a step-by-step prep plan, and provide some helpful tips for acing this tricky exam.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Human Geography Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 23, 2020 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 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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The Best AP US Government Review: 5-Step Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 22, 2020 10:25:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP US Government can be a fascinating class for students who are interested in how the American political system works and what factors led to its formation. While the exam is less difficult than many other AP exams, it's still important that you understand the types of questions and the most efficient ways to study for AP Government.

In this extensive AP Gov review guide, we'll go through sample test questions, list a step-by-step AP Government review process, and give you tips for making the most of your prep.

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The Best AP US Government Notes to Study With

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 22, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

As a high schooler, you're undoubtedly on the verge of participating in the democratic process. It's a great time to learn more about the structure and history of our government and how politics actually work. This is why so many students take the AP US Government and Politics class and test.

You've probably been taking notes in your AP US Gov class based on your teacher's lectures and what's written in your textbook, but it can be nice to have all the info you need in one place. This article will give you links to notes on every topic in the AP US Government curriculum along with a few tips on how to study effectively.

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The Complete Guide to AP US Government FRQs

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 22, 2020 10:14:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Free-response questions, or FRQs, on the AP US Government exam are more straightforward than those on some other AP tests, but they can still be tough if you're not ready for them. In this guide, we will lay out a simple step-by-step method for answering AP Government FRQs, go through a real example, and tell you where you can find additional practice resources.

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Best Crucible Act 4 Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 21, 2020 10:56:00 AM

Book Guides

Act 4 gives us the exciting conclusion to this saga of madness. How are the citizens of Salem and their governing officials dealing with the fallout from the trials? Will the "witches" falsely confess to avoid execution? Does John Proctor still, like, totally hate himself? Read on to find out all this and more, including key quotes and a thematic analysis for the final act of The Crucible.

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What's a Weighted GPA? How to Calculate It

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 19, 2020 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's the Difference? Weighted vs Unweighted GPA

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 19, 2020 8:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Most students think a lot about their GPA in high school. There's no doubt that GPA is one of the most important pieces of information colleges will consider in your application. However, GPA can vary drastically in the way it's calculated at different schools. Some high schools use unweighted GPAs and some use weighted GPAs. I'll give you an overview of the differences between the two and what each type of GPA might mean in the context of your personal experiences.

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What's the Average High School GPA?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 19, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Nearly all high school students have, at some point, wondered whether their GPAs are good or not. One way of knowing is to look at the national averages. What is the average high school GPA? Is your GPA above average? How do you compare with all the other high school students in the country?

In this article, I'll give you an overview of the national averages for high school GPA so that you can see where you stand. I'll also tell you what these averages mean for you and how to understand them better in the context of the college application process.

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