Planning Steps to consider NOW:
Maintain good grades.
Review your PSAT results with your counselor to identify your strengths and areas that need improvement. Determine how to improve. Then make a study plan and stick to it!
Obtain registration materials and test dates for the winter SAT or ACT (Jan, Feb or March). This means you can get your results and meet with a counselor to see if you should re-test later in the year. Prepare for the tests by reading books and manuals with testing tips and sample questions, or by taking a test prep course.
Make a preliminary list of colleges you would like to investigate further. Refine and narrow the list as the year goes on.