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Practice ACTs

It’s super important to use real ACTs produced by the test makers whenever possible, both to get an accurate measure of your current level and to help you improve in the most consistent and efficient way.

How to Use These Tests:

I work through these four tests in the ACT English, Math, Reading, and Science Bootcamps, so you can get more information on how to best use the tests in those courses.

Otherwise, complete the sections separately (timed) or complete an entire ACT in one sitting. Either way, make sure you spend plenty of time reviewing each question to make sure you understand what you did correctly and where you can improve.

Here are five real tests produced by ACT Inc. – you can download them all by clicking the green button.

Or you can download each test individually.

Where to Find Additional Practice ACTs

The best resource for ACT practice tests is The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2016-2017 by the makers of the ACT. The “Red Book” contains 3 real practice tests reflecting recent changes to the ACT. Click the picture below to check out this book on Amazon.

There’s also an older version of this book – The Real ACT Prep Guide (3rd Edition) – that contains five full practice tests. Two problems: 1) some of the questions from these tests are used in the New Red Book, and 2) these tests aren’t fully up-to-date with the recent ACT changes. However, if you have the funds, getting this book for additional practice material is a good idea.

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Robert Schombs

About the Author:

I’m Rob Schombs, the founder of Reason Prep, creator of these videos, and your test prep tutor. I earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University. In 2010 I started tutoring SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing full-time, and Reason Prep followed shortly after!

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2 comments on “Practice ACTs”

  1. Paranjay Patel

    Hey Rob!
    I wish to go to a college that requires a minimum sat score of around 1930 and for some reason I can’t boost my score from an 1820 to a 1930 or above. As I studied for my SAT’s I got many tips from peers to instead take the ACT. Today I took a practice ACT (without keeping track of time) and I scored a 29 (a 29 in the min. for the college I am applying for!) so I got super excited. But, I have a few questions: I took the 2005-2006 ACT practice test, is it any different from the one I will be taking in the fall? and Do you think I can boost my ACT score to around a 33 (English: 24, Math: 30, Reading: 34, and Science: 28)? Thanks Rob your help is greatly appreciated!

    Sincerely,
    Paranjay Patel

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The 2005-2006 ACT should be a good representative of a real ACT (it’s from the test makers themselves), but as always make sure you take a few more tests to confirm and secure your current score level. Looking at your score breakdowns, there’s some great potential in the English and Science, and the Math can be pretty straightforward to improve too, so I think you’ve got a great chance at increasing your ACT scores to your target score!

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