Things You'll Need:
Time to study and practice
START READING every day outside of school. Why? The biggest problem most students have with these standardized tests is that they run out of time because they can't read fast enough. The best way to improve your reading rate is to read more and often. This not only improves your reading rate, it also improves vocabulary and comprehension.??I suggest reading magazines like Time, Newsweek and Reader's Digest because they offer articles that cover the same types of topics seen on the standardized test.
Take a practice exam. Your high school often gives the opportunity to take a practice test before the real exam and there are websites that offer them as well. Additionally, there are books available to help you practice each section of the ACT and SAT. Barron's offers books on taking the ACT, SAT, PSAT, ASVAB and a host of other tests. Go buy a book and practice.
Take a prep class either through your school, local community college or learning centers like Sylvan or Huntington. Be sure to call and research what each center has to offer in the way of classes and what is covered in the classes. The classes will cost some money, but most offer on-line coupons for a discount.
Brush up on your grammar! This is a huge part of these tests. You need to know how to recognize correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Again take a class or buy a book to help you wtih these.
MOST IMPORTANT! Don't wait until the last minute to start preparing for these tests. They cover material you haven't seen in a while and you need to refresh those skills. If you don't get the score you want the first time you take the test, you can take them again in order to improve your score. Junior year of high school is the best time to begin.