A high five to you for recognizing your strengths and opportunities for improvement. As far as test-taking goes, I share that there is a difference between standardized tests like the SAT and AP and tests that validate what you have learned. I make this statement because the part of your question that states that you are not "good at taking tests" is something to focus on since you will be taking tests when you get to college.
Specifically for SATs, another way that you can help to boost your scores is to do as much practice testing as possible. Your local bookstore and/or library will have sections with books filled with practice problems that you can use and learn from. There is also a countless amount of online locations where you can get help as you prepare for taking SATs. Also, for some, a more formal tutoring option exists and in other cases, high schools offer SAT prep classes (I remember mine being on Saturdays...joy...joy ;)). These types of preparation measures can go a long way to building your confidence and reducing your anxiety or nervousness around taking these types of tests.
Best of luck to you!
You can have good grades but not so good SAT scores. Some colleges and universities are dropping SAT or ACT scores as requirements for admissions, looking more towards your high school grades. Like you, my standardized test-taking skills are not the best. The university I attended put minimal weight on my scores (and have dropped SATs altogether as a requirement now) and focused more on my high school grades.
Another option is to retake the SATs or possibly take the ACT to earn higher scores. You may also want to consider a community college if the college/university you want to attend requires SAT scores of a certain value. If you attend the community college for two years and earn your Associate's degree many institutions will not require or will waive SAT requirements with your degree.
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Also you can always start off at a community college first, that way you won't have to worry about having good SAT test scores first, then when you start to apply to a four year college, you have to time to study and they you can worry about having good SAT test scores.
1. Have a list of schools that you would like to go to that way you will already know what the requirements are.
2.Talk to a a student adviser so they can help you out in picking which school is best for you.
3.Contact each school and make an appointment with them to see if that particular is a good fit you.