Testing & Test Preparation
SFHS School Code/CEEB/SAT/ACT Code: 052698

Dear St. Francis Families,

As of August 20, 2020, no students may be permitted on school campuses with the exception of Emergency Mental Health Counseling, Initial English Language Learner Assessments, Special Education Assessments, per Sacramento County Division of Public Health.

SCPH Letter to Schools – 8-20-2020

When state and county health guidelines allow, we will work with the College Board and ACT to offer SAT, ACT, and PSAT testing on campus.  

Seniors from the Class of 2021 have an ACT score from the February 2020 school day administration. However, and more importantly, we wish to share with you the most current information being communicated to us from colleges and universities:

California State University
University of California
National Association for College Admission Counseling 
Ivy League Universities

The College Board has offered a January 26, 2021 date for the PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors. We are hoping to offer the exam at that time, in accordance with state and county guidelines.

More information will be communicated when it becomes available. 

Updated: September 3, 2020

PSAT 8/9 – Freshman

The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.  

This test includes:

Reading: 55 minutes

Writing: 30 minutes

Math: 60 minutes

Total test time is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes

St. Francis Freshman are automatically registered for this exam. No additional fees required. 

PreACT – Sophomores

The PreACT provides 10th grade students with practice for taking the ACT test. Results give students and parents information about students’ predicted performance on the ACT (aligned to the same 1-36 scale) and provide career interest information. PreACT test results also show students their areas of strength and where they need to improve. 

This test includes:

English: 25-35 minutes

Math: 35-45 minutes 

Reading: 25-30 minutes

Science: 25-35 minutes

Total test time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

St. Francis sophomores are automatically registered for this exam.  No additional fees are required.  

PSAT – Juniors

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). A standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®, it also gives SFHS Juniors graders a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT is aligned with the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT measures the skills and knowledge that are essential for college readiness and success.

The test includes:

Reading: 60 minutes

Writing and Language: 35 minutes

Math: 70 minutes

Total test time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. This test is paper based. 


Some scores will be reported on the same scale used for the SAT: this scale ranges from 400 to 1600 for the composite score, 200-800 for two area scores, and 10-40 for test scores

St. Francis juniors will be automatically registered for this exam.  No additional fees are required.


The SAT is offered seven times each year in the U.S. It is offered in August, October, November, December, March May, and June. 

To register for the SAT, please visit www.collegeboard.org


The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT is administered on seven test dates within the United States, —July, September, October, December, February, April, and June.

To register for the ACT, go to the www.ACT.org and follow the instructions.

St. Francis juniors (Class of 2021) will be automatically registered for this exam administered during the school day on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  At this time, no additional fees are required.

AP Exams

All students enrolled in AP classes are required to take the AP exam. Some Honors courses also require the AP exam, or make it optional. St. Francis registers students for their appropriate AP exams and students who complete the AP test are excused from final exams in relevant courses.

AP Scores Available Online in July
Students need a College Board account to view their scores. To sign up for a new account or to log into an existing account, visit: apscore.org.  In July, students will be required to provide the following to access their scores: College Board account username and password, and AP number (or Student ID if they provided it on their AP answer sheet). Students may check apscore.org after exams for the exact date their scores will be available.

Additional AP Exam Information 
See attached links for College Board. Parents will be emailed a detailed AP Information letter in early Fall.

AP Exam Fees are set by The College Board.  St. Francis registers students for the appropriate exams and fees are collected by the Finance Department.

Learn More at the College Board Website

Test Preparation

St. Francis offers test preparation for both exams.  Method Test Prep (accessed through Naviance) offers full-length online ACT and SAT courses at no cost.  Additionally, the school offers teacher-led prep classes for the ACT and SAT on campus at costs ranging from $100-$175.  Information is available from the Guidance Department.