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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 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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The Best AP Biology Books 2022: Full Expert Reviews

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 15, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It's extremely important to have reliable books for learning and studying the material covered in AP classes. This is particularly true for AP Biology, considering the complexity and breadth of the content of the course. The format of the AP Biology exam was modified in 2013 and again in 2020; as a result, some books have kept up with these changes better than others.

In this article, we'll tell you which books are your best bet for acing AP Biology and which ones you should use only at your own risk!

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AP Psychology Practice Tests: Complete Collection

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 15, 2022 10:28:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Practice tests are some of the best review tools for AP Psychology. They'll give you insight into your areas of weakness and prepare you for the structure and content of the actual test. We'll list all the official and unofficial practice tests available online and provide advice on how to use them to get a great score on the AP test.

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

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 15, 2022 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 Human Geography Practice Test Available

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 10, 2022 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 best 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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Every AP Chemistry Practice Test Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 10, 2022 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

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 10, 2022 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you want to do well on the AP US History exam, 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 5 Best AP Chemistry Books: Full Expert Reviews

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 10, 2022 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

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 10, 2022 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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The Best AP Chemistry Review Guide 2022

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 10, 2022 10:08:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Not sure how to begin studying for the AP Chemistry exam? This review guide will help you figure out what's on the test and how you can ace it.

I'll go over the AP Chem exam structure, provide sample questions in each format, list the concepts you can expect to see on the test, and give you some tips on how to get the most out of your studying. I just looked into my PrepScholar Crystal Ball™ and saw a 5 in your future, so get ready to kick this test's butt.

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The Best AP Psychology Notes to Study With

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 10, 2022 9:46:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Note-taking can be tricky, even for the most conscientious high school students. It's hard to sort through a whole year's worth of material, especially in an AP class that covers a wide range of topics and theories.

This article is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for comprehensive notes on all the major topics covered in AP Psychology. Whether you lost your class notes on cognition or just want an easier way to see everything in one place, the links in this article will help make your study process more focused and less stressful!

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How to Get Good Grades in High School

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 6, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

The transition to high school causes academic whiplash for many students. It’s hard to adapt to a new environment and get good grades when you’re given more independence in your assignments and are expected to learn more challenging materials.

In this guide, I’ll go through the most important strategies that will help you to get good grades in high school and beyond.

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Every AP Biology Practice Test Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 1, 2022 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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Is AP Psychology Hard? 5 Key Factors Discussed

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 1, 2022 10:51:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Before you sign up for any AP class, it's helpful to get an idea of whether you'll be able to handle the workload (and the exam!). AP Psychology is a popular AP class that's offered at many schools, so you might have the chance to take it at some point in your high school career.

But is AP psychology hard? Or is it a walk in the AP park? I'll tell you which factors go into judging the difficulty of an AP class and examine what they tell us about the AP Psychology class and exam specifically.

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