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Standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT are part of the college application process. If you abhor (good vocabulary word) these tests you may be able to avoid them by applying to test-optional colleges. If you are trying to determine whether the SAT or ACT would be a better test for you to take (you don't usually need both), here is a great guide from Applerouth that might help you understand the difference between the tests.
The majority of students do take standardized tests. You can reduce test anxiety and boost your scores by incorporating test prep into your daily routine. Here are some free or low-cost resources.
Free Online Test Prep Resources
Low-Cost Online Test Prep Resources ($30 and under)
Test Prep Apps
Face-to-Face Test Prep in Portland, Oregon
Individual or small group test prep has a cost; however, many families decide it is a worthwhile investment. The following test prep providers are highly trained professionals in the Portland, Oregon area who have worked with my college counseling students and gotten great results:
Tutoring in Portland, Oregon
Educational Testing in Portland, Oregon
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