Official ACT Practice Tests

Looking to take the ACT for a spin? You’ll find PDF versions of full-length ACT practice tests to print out and an online practice test here. Also, make sure to follow our test-taking tips to get the most out of three hours of ACT practice test-taking awesomeness.

Online ACT practice test

Not ecstatic about printing out a full-length practice test PDF? There’s also an option to take a full-length ACT online.

Online practice tests have several benefits. First, you won’t need to print out several pages of a PDF practice test. Second, with each section timed your experience will more closely resemble that of an official test. Third, your test is graded instantly–no need to cross-reference your bubble sheet with an answer sheet.

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Printable ACT practice test PDFs

Below are links to PDFs of past official ACT tests:

Use the following answer sheet for all practice tests:

Once you’ve printed and taken a practice test, you can instantly grade your test using Testive’s free Mobile Grading App for iOS. Just snap a picture of your bubble sheet and, voilà, scores!

ACT test-taking tips

Take the ACT under timed conditions

Students are timed during an official ACT administration — they must complete each of the four sections before the allotted time runs out. Altogether the ACT takes almost three hours to finish and test-takers have an average of just under 50 seconds to answer each question. Thus students must sharpen an otherwise dull skill-set: test-taking endurance.

And there is only one way to improve test-taking endurance: taking the test in a timed environment. For that reason, it’s important that students follow the directions for time limits outlined before each section. Following these directions will also help produce a score that most accurately predicts performance in an official test sitting. An accurate practice test score lets students put a stake in the ground where they stands today in relation to where they want to be. If you score a 23 on a timed practice test today, you’ll probably get around a 23 on an official test tomorrow.

Find a quiet place to take the practice test

For the same reason you should take the test timed, you should find a quiet place to take it: recreating the official test environment is key. Try and find somewhere you won’t be interrupted for three hours: a library, your dining room table, you name it.

Have the following items by your side

Before starting the test, make sure you have the following items:

  • At least two no. 2 pencils (unless you’re taking the test online)
  • An ACT-acceptable calculator
  • A snack and close access to water in between sections

When the test is completed, celebrate!

Taking a full-length ACT is not easy. You should be proud of setting aside three hours to improve at this particularly important part of getting into college.

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By |2019-03-19T16:53:40+00:00March 19th, 2019|ACT|