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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 53 Biggest Colleges in the United States

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 10, 2020 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 53 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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5-Step SAT/ACT Test Dates & Study Plan for Summer Before Senior Year

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Your senior year is coming up, and you're ready to blow those standardized tests out of the water once and for all. It's time to figure out the best study plan for you that still leaves time for summer jobs, shameful levels of ice cream consumption, and acquiring incomprehensible tan lines.

Follow these five steps to make the most of your summer studying before your SAT or ACT test date!

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How Much Do SAT Subject Tests Cost?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 3, 2020 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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 1, 2020 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 Complete AP Biology Review Guide for 2021

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

Advanced Placement (AP)

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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 Friday, May 14, 2021, at 8AM!

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Chemistry Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Chemistry is a challenging subject, and many students feel nervous about taking on the exam at the end of the school year. But if you have a sense of what to expect on the AP Chemistry test well in advance, you'll be able to prepare appropriately for it.

In this guide, I'll lay out the structure and content of the AP Chemistry exam, give you examples of different types of questions you'll see on it, and tell you how to study effectively for it!

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The Best SAT Reading Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 13, 2020 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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19 Colleges With the Lowest Acceptance Rates

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Acceptance rates are an important factor to consider when deciding where to 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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What Is PSAT 8/9? Should You Take It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 5, 2020 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 Best AP Biology Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 25, 2020 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. I'll 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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Every AP Biology Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 21, 2020 11:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Practice tests can help you get familiar with the structure of the AP Biology exam and feel more comfortable with the types of questions you'll be expected to answer on test day. Studying with practice tests can also give you insight into the specific struggles you might have with the material as presented on the AP test. You can then focus your studying appropriately to tackle these problems.

In this article, I'll list all the practice tests for AP Biology that you can find online and give you a few tips on how to use them effectively as study aids for both the AP test and any in-class tests you have throughout the school year.

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The Complete Guide to AP Human Geography FRQs

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 21, 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 | Mar 21, 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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Is AP US History Hard? Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 21, 2020 10:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP classes are typically more challenging than regular high school classes, but did you know that some APs are harder than others? Based on testing statistics and an examination of the curriculum, we can come up with accurate assessments of the true difficulty level of each AP class.

In this article, I'll analyze AP US History exam scores, student testimonials, and course content to give you a clear picture of how hard this popular AP class really is!

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The 5 Best AP World History Books for Practice and Review

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 21, 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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