The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take ACT practice tests, analyze your performance on these practice tests, and determine the mistakes you made so you won’t make them again in the future. But, it can be hard to find a good number of authentic ACT practice tests to practice with.

So, to make things as easy as possible for you, here is the most comprehensive list of ACT practice tests on the Internet, in the most organized format. When you finish a practice test, simply come back to this page to grab the next one!

Comprehensive List of Free ACT Practice Tests

Preparing for the ACT PDFsThe Preparing for the ACT booklets are released by the ACT itself and contain authentic ACT practice tests. They are one of the best resources you can use to prepare for the ACT because the scores you receive from these practice tests are the scores that you would have received for the actual ACT.

The problem with ACT practice tests that are not released by the ACT is that they will not be as accurate in determining the score you would get on an actual ACT. Practice tests created by other companies are merely imitation practice tests that are not the real thing. Some of these outside “ACT practice tests” may be easier than the actual ACT, which would cause you to believe that you would do better on the ACT, and some of them are harder than the actual ACT, which could unnecessarily discourage you even before you take the ACT.

Although these Preparing for the ACT booklets are one of the best resources you can use to prepare for the ACT, one major shortfall of them is that they do not contain answer explanations for the practice test questions. However, if you are good at self-learning, you should be able to figure out yourself why you got a particular question wrong and understand why the correct answer is indeed correct. This way, you can overcome the shortfall of not having answer explanations in these booklets.

Another thing to note with the Preparing for the ACT booklets is that many of the practice tests are duplicates. Although 11 Preparing for the ACT booklets have been released, there are actually only five unique practice tests from these 11 booklets. Below, we will provide links to all of the Preparing for the ACT booklets, as well as make notes on which ones are duplicates of one another.

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1Preparing for the ACT: 2003 - 2004Practice Test Version #1
This contains the same practice test as the 2004-2005 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
2Preparing for the ACT: 2004-2005Practice Test Version #1
This contains the same practice test as the 2003-2004 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
3Preparing for the ACT: 2007-2008Practice Test Version #2
This contains the same practice test as the 2008-2009 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
4Preparing for the ACT: 2008-2009Practice Test Version #2
This contains the same practice test as the 2007-2008 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
5Preparing for the ACT: 2009-2010Practice Test Version #3
This contains the same practice test as the 2010-2011 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
6Preparing for the ACT: 2011-2012Practice Test Version #3
This contains the same practice test as the 2009-2010 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
7Preparing for the ACT: 2013-2014Practice Test Version #4
This contains the same practice test as the 2014-2015 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
8Preparing for the ACT: 2014-2015Practice Test Version #4
This contains the same practice test as the 2013-2014 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
9Preparing for the ACT: 2015-2016Practice Test Version #4
This contains the same practice test as the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
10Preparing for the ACT: 2016-2017Practice Test Version #4
This contains the same practice test as the 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test
11Preparing for the ACT: 2017-2018Practice Test Version #4
This contains the same practice test as the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 booklet.
1 full ACT practice test

More Authentic ACT Practice Tests

Although the Preparing for the ACT practice are the only free authentic ACT practice tests available, there are additional authentic ACT practice tests that are available from the ACT. Here is a list of all five of these additional authentic ACT practice tests and where you can get them from:

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12, 13, 14
The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018: Official Practice Tests + 400 Bonus Questions Online
This book contains three authentic ACT practice tests. Older versions of this book contain the same practice tests, so there is no use ordering books from different years.3 full ACT practice tests
15, 16ACT Online PrepThe ACT online prep website contains two full ACT practice tests that you can take online.
Unfortunately, taking ACT practice tests online does not mimic real ACT conditions. However, the fact that these are real, authentic ACT practice tests probably overcomes the shortfall of needing to take them online.
2 full ACT practice tests
12, 13, 14, 15, 16
The Official ACT Prep Pack with 5 Full Practice Tests (3 in Official ACT Prep Guide + 2 Online)
The ACT Prep Pack simply contains all five of the above authentic ACT practice tests at a discounted price, since you are buying them all together5 full ACT practice tests

ACT Practice Test Questions

Besides the full ACT practice tests listed above that the ACT has released, the ACT has also released sets of practice questions for each of the sections of the ACT. These sets of ACT practice questions can be considered as being authentic, since they are also coming directly from the ACT. Here is a list of these sample questions. I have provided links to each of the different passages/sections, for your convenience.

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17ACT English Practice Test Sample Questions

  1. ACT English Sample Test Questions - Passage One

  2. ACT English Sample Test Questions - Passage Two

  3. ACT English Sample Test Questions - Passage Three

  4. ACT English Sample Test Questions - Passage Four

  5. ACT English Sample Test Questions - Passage Five


ACT Math Practice Test Sample Questions

  1. ACT Math Sample Test Questions - Set One

  2. ACT Math Sample Test Questions - Set Two

  3. ACT Math Sample Test Questions - Set Three

  4. ACT Math Sample Test Questions - Set Four

  5. ACT Math Sample Test Questions - Set Five


ACT Reading Practice Test Sample Questions

  1. ACT Reading Sample Test Questions - Passage One

  2. ACT Reading Sample Test Questions - Passage Two

  3. ACT Reading Sample Test Questions - Passage Three

  4. ACT Reading Sample Test Questions - Passage Four

  5. ACT Reading Sample Test Questions - Passage Five


ACT Science Practice Test Sample Questions

  1. ACT Science Sample Test Questions - Passage One

  2. ACT Science Sample Test Questions - Passage Two

  3. ACT Science Sample Test Questions - Passage Three

  4. ACT Science Sample Test Questions - Passage Four

  5. ACT Science Sample Test Questions - Passage Five


ACT Writing Practice Test Sample Questions

  1. ACT Wrap Sample Test Questions - Sample Prompt

All of these authentic practice questions from the ACT add up to about one full ACT practice test, and they are free, so they are definitely worth checking out and doing.About 1 full ACT practice test

 

More Practice Tests

Below, we will provide links to ACT practice tests that are not directly from the ACT. Although these tests are not authentic, they can still provide good practice for concepts that you will see on the actual ACT. You should not use the scores you get on these practice tests as a gauge for what you might get on an actual ACT, but rather, you should simply use them to practice, learn, and perfect concepts that often show up on the ACT.

Here they are:

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18-27McGraw Hill's 10 ACT Practice TestsThis book contains 10 free ACT practice tests. Again, you should simply use this book to practice concepts that will show up on ACT, not to get an accurate prediction of what you would actually score on the ACT10 full ACT practice tests

And there you have it! 27 ACT practice tests for you to use in your preparations for the ACT! There are certainly countless other resources for preparing for the ACT out there, but the ACT practice tests listed above should be more than enough to provide you with all the practice you need for the ACT. It is unlikely that you will even have enough time to take all of those practice tests in your preparations for the ACT!

Step-by-Step: How to Make the Most of Each ACT Practice Test

Step 1: Start by breaking the practice test into smaller chunks (1 passage/section at a time)

For the first practice test that you take, just take one passage or section at a time. That way, you can analyze your performance after each chunk and make improvements for the next chunk that you take. If you take an entire test in one go, you won’t be able to make any improvements until after you finish the entire test, which could be wasteful.

Step 2: Move on to taking larger chunks at a time (e.g., 2 passages)

For the next 1-2 practice tests that you take, take 2-3 passages, or half the math test, at a time. This way, you get a feel for taking more of the test, but you can still make improvements after each larger chunk of the test that you take.

Step 3: Move on to taking a full section of the ACT at a time (e.g., the entire ACT English test)

Next, instead of taking the entire ACT in one go, just take one entire section. That way, you can focus on developing your skills and strategies for that section.

Step 4: Move on to taking an entire ACT practice test

After you feel comfortable with your skills and strategies for each separate section of the ACT, then it is time to take on an entire ACT practice test under realistic timing conditions.

 

Overview of the ACT Test

If you are not familiar with the format of the ACT, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with it before you start taking ACT practice tests. This way, you can go into each practice test with a specific plan for time, rather than simply winging the test. Not having a plan for time is one main reason why many students receive low scores on the ACT.

ACT English Format

The ACT English section is a 45 minute test that consists of 5 passages of 15 questions each, or 75 total questions. This means that you should spend less than one minute on each question.

ACT Math Format

The ACT math section is a 60 minute test that consists of 60 questions. The questions at the beginning of the test are easier than the questions at the end of the test, so you should plan on working faster at the beginning, or else you may not have enough time for the questions at the end.

ACT Reading Format

The ACT reading section is a 35 minute test that consists of 4 passages of 10 questions each, or 40 total questions. This means you should spend about 8 minutes 45 seconds on each passage.

ACT Science Format

The ACT science section is a 35 minute test that consists of 6 passages2 passages will be 6 questions each, and 4 passages will be 7 questions each, which adds up to a total of 40 questions. You should plan on spending about 6-7 minutes per passage.

ACT Writing Format

The ACT writing section is a 40 minute test that consists of 1 writing prompt.