Free Practice SAT or ACT Tests for High School Students

San Mateo County Libraries is teaming up with C2 Education of Millbrae, opens a new window to offer you multiple opportunities to practice the SAT or ACT college admissions tests in February and March. These practice tests are for students in grades 9-12 and online "seating" is limited, but C2 Education of Millbrae will contact you with additional options if practice tests are filled to capacity.

Test yourself with a free proctored, full-length ACT or SAT test, and accurately measure your performance, so you can get a better sense of what to expect on test day. Tests will be proctored live through C2 Education's virtual portal and participants will receive a comprehensive analysis of strengths and weaknesses. Tests are available Saturdays and Sundays, February 12th to March 6th. Register for one of the weekends at the links below:

Register for the SAT or ACT Tests

The SAT test is created and administered by College Board. Visit the College Board website, opens a new window to register for the upcoming SAT test on March 12th or May 7th, or to get your questions answered. Additionally, ACT will administer the ACT test on April 2nd, opens a new window; you have until February 25th to register.

Now is a good time to consider if taking the SAT or ACT tests is right for you. Some colleges and universities, including the University of California, are suspending or eliminating standardized testing requirements. According to their Exam Requirements, opens a new window, "UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll."

Not sure which schools currently require standardized test scores? Visit FairTest, opens a new window, a nonprofit agency that advocates for eliminating standardized testing and maintains a list of institutions that accept SAT or ACT scores optionally for admission. The SAT or ACT is still required or optional for the vast majority of schools next year and onward, and SAT/ACT scores may be used for:

  • Admissions: Some campuses may choose to consider your test scores as part of their application review process. Remember, no admission decision is based on a single factor;
  • Scholarships: Scholarships may include test scores as a factor in selection;
  • Determining eligibility for the statewide admissions guarantee;
  • Course placement after you enroll.

Even if you choose not to take a practice test offered by C2 Education of Millbrae, in partnership with San Mateo County Libraries, your library card offers you access to so many SAT and ACT resources.

Have you changed your plans around the SAT or ACT due to recent changes? Let us know in the comments!

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