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Formal test preparation can begin as early as the summer before your junior year, but don't overdo it! Schedule time for community and enriching activities to give yourself a needed break before the junior academic year starts. Generally formal test prep should begin in the middle of your junior year to prepare for the spring exams. If you have a lot of extra time, are anxious about standardized testing, or have serious reasons for wanting to get going early, then reaching out to a test preparation company to have an initial planning discussion, so that you are ready for junior Spring, can be a good idea. 

      Informal test prep (see previous entry on the GATE page) should be ongoing.  

      Purchase a test prep book such as Kaplan or College Board and spend a few hours each week reviewing the questions and answers.  

      Check out algebra and geometry textbooks from the local library and go over the chapter reviews to brush up on math. The SAT only tests           through advanced Algebra


      ALHS and the SF public library offer free test prep classes throughout the year for the SAT exams. Check with the college and career           center, or your counselor.

      Khan Academy is now offering free online test preparation. 

      Method test prep offers an online course for a fee.  

      College Board offers an in depth study for the SAT. You should devote one hour of time spent doing problems to three hours figuring out             what went wrong and how to avoid the issue again. (The online program is more expensive than the official study guide, but the official study       guide does not explain any answers.)

If standardized test-taking is not your strong suit, you may be happy to know there are several schools that don't require any standardized tests!