There are a plethora of resources available on the Internet that can assist in choosing the right college for you. One of my favorite web pages to help in determining what college is your best fit is http://www.moneycrashers.com/factors-choose-college/ .
As you choose your prospective schools you will see that most colleges require you to take either the ACT or SAT as a prerequisite.These tests , depending on the college, can be an important part of being accepted. I recommend taking a measly five to ten minutes out of the day to view the application deadline, average test scores and also the minimum scores (if they are indicated) for each your prospective schools. This will give you an idea of what test scores you need to be on par with other applicants, and when you receive your scores back you will have an idea of if you need to retake your test to get into your dream school(s).
If you are in your senior year, register to take your ACT or SAT as soon as possible, you do not want to be testing going into your last semester of high school. Many colleges will not accept your score if it is past their application deadline.
Lastly, do not be discouraged if you fall into the lower ranges of a school’s average test score ranges. Many schools have a holistic admissions process. Holistic admissions is a policy based on the idea that a test score or GPA does not completely reflect who a student is and what he or she can bring to a college community. It allows a college to factor in a student’s background, challenges overcome, extracurricular involvement, letters of recommendation, special talents, writing ability and many other criteria. At the end of the day, every single person is much more than any test score and GPA, so do not be discouraged if your scores are in the lower 25% and not the upper 25%. Just assess the situation and decide if you need to retake your test, remember that if you are using fee waivers(see your counselor if eligible to receive a waiver) you have a limited amount for each test, so retest wisely.
Wherever you end up in this process, I want you to always remember at the end of the day, that what you do in college matters much more than where you go to college.
*SAT Fee Waivers: Covers Registration for 2 SAT Tests / 2 SAT Subject Tests sessions(up to three subject tests on a single day) , allows you to send your test to up to four different colleges and allows you up to 4 free college application fee waivers*
*ACT Fee Waivers: Covers Registration for 2 ACT tests and allows you to send your tests to up to four different colleges*
Neither test pays for late registration so register on time!
Two great reads:
How many times should you take a standardized test?
Assessing each of your prospective schools: