^ I know Im only 16, and am not going to college anytime soon. But I can answer one of your Questions. Start taking the Standarized tests as soon as possible, You can retake them as many times you want And even if you do bad the first time around, improving your score looks great to colleges. And if you do take it multiple times it shows you really care and are dedicated (whether or not you really are ). Thats what ive always heard at least.