Practice test opportunities for sophomores/juniors next semester (sent 12/12/19)

Dear Students,

Since most colleges still require students to take the official ACT or SAT, the College & Career Center offers opportunities for students to try full-length practice tests. It is recommended that all students try a practice ACT and a practice SAT before spring of junior year in order to decide which test they prefer. You are eligible to take these practice tests if  1) you are a junior or 2) you are a sophomore enrolled in Advanced Algebra (see *note section below). 

If you took the October 19 PSAT/NMSQT, you have already tried a practice SAT.

Drake is offering two spring practice test dates:

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, take a practice ACT or a practice SAT
  • Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, take a practice ACT or a practice SAT

Please note that these practice tests are for students who test under regular timing and not for students with approved accommodations. We only have one proctor per classroom, so all students test under regular timing. If you are approved for accommodations and want to try practice tests, here are some other options:

  • Compass Education Group, Larkspur Landing
  • The College Planning Center, Corte Madera

These off-campus locations are also available for students taking tests under regular timing who have conflicts with the Drake dates. Please note that there will be other options for juniors to take practice exams at Drake in 2020-21 and these will be announced at the start of the school year.

For now, if you'd like to sign-up for the February 1 or April 18 tests, please email me the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your grade level
  • Which practice test you want to take and on which date
  • A parent email address

*Note: There are a few reasons for this restriction for sophomores. One, these tests are designed for juniors and seniors, so the content can be beyond what sophomores have learned to date. Also, we have found that sophomores who try these exams when they haven't taken Advanced Algebra do not perform well on the math section. This can lead to frustration or thoughts that you aren't smart enough when it only means you haven't learned enough of the content on the exam. We offer these practice tests to help you get ready for the real exams, not to frustrate or discourage you. 

Thank you.


Lisa Neumaier

College & Career Specialist

Sir Francis Drake High School

(415) 458-3481 - direct line