You’ve come to the right place. The first question you need to ask is: Do I study well on my own? Because there is wealth of knowledge available to you for free or little cost! The ACT and SAT offer free practice tests as well as test prep information on their websites: SAT or ACT .
The College Board’s SAT books as well as the Khan Academy website offer a wealth of information on the new SAT especially. They are geared toward the self-sufficient student.
The ACT also offers a great deal of information to help you get started.
An SAT or ACT Boot Camp is also a great way to learn the ins and outs of each test. These are usually one or two day classes that cover the entire test. They move fast, so take great notes. By the end of the session, you will feel overwhelmed. Those notes will make all the difference! They almost always give you test prep materials that can help you continue on your own. Boot Camps are also a great way to test drive a test prep company– see if you like the teacher, the material, the technique.
If you need someone to help you focus or if you’re aiming for a specific score, then work with a knowledgeable tutor. You want someone who knows the test, the current version of the test, and who you like to work with. Not all personalities go together. Make sure you find someone who makes sense to you! You also want to make sure you are working with current materials (this is vital for the 2015-2016 academic year!).
Lastly, make sure you have the time. Tutoring only helps you if you can put in the work. No one can take the test for you. You will most likely take 2-3 tests, either SAT or ACT. Don’t take the test cold! There are rookie mistakes that can cost you points. Learn what those are first! Your future is at stake.
This is your chance to put your best self forward. Then go get the future you deserve!