Tips for studying for the SATs
Lifeofsolitude, I don't know if have already taken all of your college admissions tests but these are my tips for studying for the SATs.
I read the book "Bleak House" during the summer between junior & senior year in school. I was also studying vocabulary words in an SAT preparation book. Reading the book "Bleak House" & studying vocabulary at the same time helped me to improve my SAT score considerably. However, "Bleak House" is not an easy book to read especially due to the vocabulary in the book. Some people might feel that the book is enjoyable reading material.
Have a dictionary with you at all times to look up unfamiliar words. Also have a thesaurus with you at all times. If you are preparing on your own for the SATs, do some study for the test each day. If you prepare for the test in a consistent & systematic way, you will most likely see an improvement in your test score.
Use the vocabulary that you have learned during your test preparation. Try to write out sentences using the vocabulary words you've learned. Read the most difficult books & reading material that's available. Also, read a variety of reading material. Read about topics that don't interest you. If you can concentrate on and understand reading material that don't interest you, it will help prepare you for the SAT Verbal section since you might find the reading material on the SATs to be less interesting than the reading material that you would customarily read.
Focus on your weakness when you prepare for the SATs. Check your previous mistakes on practice tests from time to time & try to understand why you made certain mistakes on previous practice tests.