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If you're a junior planning on applying to college, standardized testing is probably on your mind. Whether you're taking the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, or AP exams, testing is an important part of your journey to college. However, the cost of preparing for these tests, along with the cost of taking them, can quickly add up. But don't fear! There's no need to splurge for that fancy tutor. If you want to prep on a budget, here are a few resources that might be of interest.
1. Free online, full-length tests
The best way to simulate the testing environment and prepare yourself for the big day is to sit through a full-length practice test. Both the SAT and the ACT offer free tests that are excellent resources for students. No matter what other studying you do, you should definitely take at least one full-length test before your exam.
2. Live, Online Courses
If you are looking to take a class to prepare for the SAT or ACT, The Princeton Review offers a wide range of live, online test prep courses. These courses will connect you with trained tutors who can help explain test-taking strategies and answer questions in real time.
3. Barron's books
If you'd prefer self-guided work over a class, Barron’s is a tried and true name in test prep books. Baron's books will give you practice tests, test taking strategies, and in-depth explanations of each correct answer for around twenty dollars.
Although there are tons of other test prep options online, these are the best, most reputable options and are sure to raise your score by a few points. Preparation is the key to success, and, with these resources, you will be able to make your college dreams a reality. Good luck!