Pretty much everything about the college admissions process can seem daunting and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to! Today, I’m talking specifically about preparing for the SAT or the ACT. This is one of those tasks that students tend to put off, thinking they have plenty of time before the test or that they simply don’t want to spend hours and hours every day thinking about the tests.

Preparing for standardized tests is one of those situations where doing a little bit every day really does make a big difference! You don’t have to practice for hours every day – start with just twenty minutes. Set a timer for 20 minutes and do some practice questions from a prep book or on Khan Academy or ACT Academy. The more consistently you practice, even if it’s just a little bit at a time, the better you’ll get. I do advise picking at least one day a week to practice in longer bursts so you build up the endurance to make it through the whole test, but that isn’t necessary every time you sit down to practice. Just do a little bit every day and you’ll start to notice the results!