Reading list for those taking the SAT/ACT and applying to college

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Looking for further reading? Try one of these titles for more information on standardized testing, admissions, and financial aid.

SAT and ACT Testing

The Official SAT Study Guide, by The College Board
In-depth test-taking strategies and eight practice tests.

The Real ACT Prep Guide, by ACT
Extensive test review and three practice tests with detailed explanations.

College Selection, Application, and Admissions

The College Board College Handbook, by the College Board
Up-to-date directory of more than 3,000 US colleges and universities.

The Early Admissions Game: Joining The Elite, by Christopher Avery, Andrew Fairbanks, and Richard Zeckhauser
A guide for students applying for early action or early decision.

On Writing the College Application Essay: The Key to Acceptance at the College of your Choice, by Harry Bauld
Tips on writing winning essays for multiple applications.

Don't Worry, You'll Get In: 100 Winning Tips for Stress-Free College Admissions, by Mimi Doe and Michele Hernandez
Complete instructions for the entire admissions and selection processes.

A Is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, by Michele Hernandez
A detailed explanation of Ivy League admissions.

Financial Aid

College Board Guide to Getting Financial Aid, by The College Board
An in-depth look at private, state, and federal financial aid.

Scholarship Handbook, by The College Board
Information on locating and winning local, state, and national scholarships.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Financial Aid for College, 2nd Edition, by David E. Rye
An insider's advice on securing money for school.

General Information

Confessions of a College Freshman: A Survival Guide for Dorm Life, Biology Lab, the Cafeteria, and Other First-Year Adventures, by Zach Arrington
An introspection into the pitfalls and possibilities of your freshman year.

Been There, Should've Done That I and II, by Suzette Tyler
Advice from current college students for making the most of your college experience.

For Parents of College-Bound Students

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money : The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
A guide for parents of college freshmen.

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College, by Patricia Pasick
Recommendations for parents of high school seniors.