Meet your high school college counselors and get their advice and suggestions.
There's no need to spend a significant amount of time worrying about test prep freshman year. Instead, take classes that challenge you and do well in them. Remember, your transcript is more important than your test score!
Start your college research and visit schools that interest you.
Get some standardized testing experience. This test is typically offered at school during October.
A few students (about 1%) may want to start test prep over the summer to prepare for the PSAT and possible National Merit consideration.
Take a practice ACT in the spring so that you can compare results with your PSAT.
This PSAT "counts" for National Merit recognition.
Discuss test scores and potential college choices.
Take a real test during your second semester. Ideally, this is the only test you'll need!
Take a prep class that leads up to the test of your choice. It's best to stick to one test!
Continue to narrow your college choices and compare their requirements to your GPA and test scores.
If you're unhappy with your previous score, you can take the test again in the late spring or early summer.
Begin working on your applications and essays.
If you still need test prep for a test date during your senior year, you can take it over the summer.
If you're still not happy with your score, you can take the September ACT or October SAT.
Go over your applications and discuss college choices.
Submit your applications for need and merit-based financial aid.
Send your completed applications to the college of your choice!
Make your final college decision by the start of May.