writingThe first step to getting into college is taking standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. While tests aren’t the most fun to take and study for, getting a good score can definitely give you an edge in the college admissions process. Lucky for you we’ve gathered the best tips and resources to help you achieve your best score.



  • Concentrate on one- you don’t need both a good ACT and SAT score, figure out which test you are best at and study for it
  • Register for a test date that is far enough away to give you plenty of time to prep
  • Bubble in every bubble- the SAT no longer has a penalty for wrong answers, so go ahead and give it your best guess
  • Practice, practice, practice- purchase a review book, or check out some of the links at the bottom of the page
  • Answer easier questions first, then come back to the harder ones
  • Keep track of time- make sure you are on pace to finish before time for the section is up
  • Make sure you are bubbling your answers in correctly- this is a simple, but costly mistake
  • Check to see if your calculator is approved for testing, and that the batteries are charged
  • Relax, you don’t need a perfect score- you just need to aim to get a score that will get you admitted to college
  • Bring some snacks on test day- it’ll give you something to look forward for the breaks


  • Be aware of what date your test is- be sure to clear your schedule the night before the test to get a good night of sleep
  • Check with your teachers- many will hold review sessions in the weeks leading up to the exam
  • Remember that for Free Response Questions, you don’t get extra points for being wordy and descriptive- save time and get to the point
  • Become familiar with the format of your exam- each AP exam is different depending on the subject
  • Form a study group with people from class to help you stay motivated

Resource Links

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