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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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What Is a Good GPA? What's a Bad GPA for College?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 29, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

If you’re starting to think about your plans for college, you might be wondering what is considered a good high school GPA or a bad high school GPA in the eyes of admissions officers. This is a complicated question, and it depends on a few intersecting factors that colleges will take into consideration.

In this article, I’ll give you some perspective on what a good GPA and a bad GPA are based on national statistics and your individual circumstances. I’ll also provide a bit of advice on the best ways to improve your GPA.

Your coursework and GPA are one of the most important pieces to your college application - some colleges consider it your MOST important factor - so make sure you plan ahead and know where you fit in.

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The Best AP Psychology Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 19, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP courses cover a lot of complex information, and it's not always easy to find great study materials and strategies. I've written this AP Psychology study guide as a way to make the process of studying for the AP test and other in-class assessments a little less overwhelming. It will help you figure out how to structure your studying, give you strategies to better understand the material, and provide links to notes and practice resources. If you follow the advice in this guide, you'll be on your way to a high score! 

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5-Step SAT/ACT Test Dates & Study Plan for Summer Before Senior Year

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 18, 2017 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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Every AP Chemistry Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 14, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

What's the best way to study for AP Chemistry? Practice, practice, practice. This article will provide you with links to every practice test and quiz for AP Chemistry that's available online, including full official and unofficial tests, shorter quizzes that cover each topic area, and other prep services you can access with a subscription!  

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Every AP US History Practice Exam Available: Free and Official

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 13, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you want to do well on the AP US History test, you have to practice! Practice tests can help you organize your prep logically around areas of the curriculum that are most challenging for you. This article provides a complete list of all official and unofficial AP US History practice test materials available online, as well as detailed instructions and tips on how to use them in your studying. 

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The Complete AP Biology Review Guide for 2018

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 6, 2017 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 Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8 am! 

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The 35 Biggest Colleges in the United States

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 1, 2017 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 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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2017 & 2018 Full Review of Every SAT Test Date

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 29, 2017 9:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Deciding when to take the SAT can be stressful because the best test dates aren't the same for everyone. Levels of preparation, goal scores, and other academic conflicts should all be considered in devising the most logical testing schedule for each student. The following is a full description of the pros and cons of each SAT test date in the 2017-2018 school year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You can use this guide to come up with a game plan that works for you!

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The 4 Best AP Psychology Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 19, 2017 5:00:00 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 may be better for you based on the type of student you are and the amount of guidance you need in your studying. In this article, I'll give you a short list of the best textbooks and review books out there so that you can find the one that will help you get your best score on the AP Psychology exam.

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The 5 Best AP Chemistry Books: Full Expert Reviews

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 30, 2017 4:00:00 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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Expert Review: The Official ACT Prep Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 15, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Looking for official ACT practice? The Real ACT Prep Guide (or 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, 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 Expert's Guide to the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 5, 2017 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 format of the exam and fully understanding which concepts are covered can go a long way towards earning a high score (and potentially getting college credit).

This article will take you through the structure and scoring of the exam, plus give you some tips on the best ways to study for AP Biology!

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Psychology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 4, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking AP Exams can be stressful, but if you know what to expect on test day, you can eliminate a lot of that anxiety. The AP Psychology exam is one of the more popular AP tests, and it has a pretty straightforward format and scoring system. In this article, I'll tell you what's on the AP Psychology test, how it's graded, and which prep methods you should use to get a great score. 

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2017 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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The Complete Guide to the AP World History Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 1, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Before you start studying for the AP World History exam, you should get the inside scoop on its format and content. The types of questions you'll see might differ from your expectations. It's especially smart to practice writing essay outlines based on past questions before you're faced with fresh prompts on the test. In this article, I'll go through the structure, content, and question types on the exam and provide some helpful tips for acing it!

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