1. Real practice problems and tests are your best friend.
The following books are published by the organizations that make each test, so they are the best source of practice questions:
2. 2. Do not be afraid to take the SAT and ACT multiple times.
You are allowed to take these tests many times, and there is absolutely no reason other than getting a perfect score that you shouldn’t take them more than once. The vast majority of students perform far better each additional time they take the test. Colleges primarily consider your highest score from each section, make sure you have more than one score to choose from.
3. Consider the ACT.
Over the years, the legitimacy of the SAT has been questioned time and time again. Even with the recent overhaul of the SAT, most colleges realize the test is mostly meaningless. It is largely just inertia that keeps the SAT alive. Most colleges allow you to submit either the ACT or the SAT. The more options you have, the better the chances that you can portray yourself in the best light.
4. Most importantly, this test does not decide your life, so don’t be too stressed.
It may seem like a big deal now, but these standardized tests are truthfully nothing to worry about in the larger scheme of things. Within a few years, your score will be nothing but a trivial pursuit question amongst your friends and no one else. It has a relatively small impact on what college you attend compared to your GPA and has almost no relation to your future career. Not a single job interview will include your SAT score.