If you aren’t taking timed ACT practice tests, then you’re not really prepping yourself for the experience of taking the ACT. You wouldn’t prepare for a marathon by running a few 100-yard dashes and then calling it a day. And make no mistake—the ACT exam is an academic marathon. Sitting down for four hours to take an entire ACT practice test is the best way to determine what you already know and what you need to learn before test day. Wondering where to find full-length practice tests? Read on for tons of official ACT practice questions plus Magoosh’s ACT Practice Test PDF!
Table of Contents
This post contains a gold mine of valuable resources. Here’s a quick guide to what you’re about to read (click the links to jump ahead):
- Why full-length practice tests are they key to score improvement
- **Magoosh’s Free ACT Practice Test PDF**
- Are full-length practice tests right for you?
- Where to find full-length ACT practice tests (even official ones)
- How to take an ACT practice test
- List of Magoosh’s free ACT practice materials
- Making the most of your ACT practice tests
Full-Length ACT Practice Tests: The Key to Improving Your Score
The great thing about taking practice tests is that they work with every type of study plan and strategy.
They’re equally important to students who are studying on their own (using free resources, a book, or an online course) as they are to students taking an ACT class or working with a private tutor.
If that doesn’t convince you, then let me tell you that in all my years of ACT tutoring, I’ve seen the highest score improvements from students who took regular ACT practice tests in a test-like environment. And they all tell me the same thing: taking practice tests can be a pain (they’re long, they’re grueling, they take up valuable weekend relaxation time), BUT they are so worth it in the end. They get results.
I know that you’re already dedicated to doing as well as you possibly can on the ACT exam. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t. So, I’m really excited to announce an awesome new resource from Magoosh…our first ever, full-length ACT Practice Test PDF!
Magoosh’s Free ACT Practice Test PDF
Welcome to an important step in your ACT prep! This complete ACT Practice Test PDF contains 216 of Magoosh’s highest-quality, student-tested practice questions. Taken from our premium online ACT Prep, these questions have been adapted to mimic the official ACT exam that you will encounter on test day…
…but with one key difference.
What’s the difference? Well, at the end of this PDF, you will find an answer key and a guide to grading your practice test. That’s pretty normal. But, you will also find Magoosh’s premium Text and Video Explanations, which show you how to solve just about every single question in this practice test.
In these text and video explanations, our ACT experts walk you through each question step-by-step. They explain:
- Which concept the question or problem is testing.
- The strategies you can use to answer the question quickly and correctly.
- How to tell which answer choices are trying to trick you (and how to avoid those traps!)
You sure won’t find that in an ACT book!
These explanations help you take your ACT prep to the next level. Because it’s one thing to take a practice test and call it a day—but if you can learn from your mistakes, then you’re setting yourself up to do better when it really counts. Ready to get started? Jump on in:
What You’ll Find in our Online ACT Practice Test
Need more convincing? Here’s an outline of what you’ll find in the Magoosh ACT Practice Test:
- An introduction with info on taking the practice test and tips for doing your best.
- A full-length mock-ACT exam complete with:
- English Test
- Mathematics Test
- Reading Test
- Science Test
- Writing Test
- Information on grading your ACT practice test, including:
- An answer key
- An explanation of how to find your raw score
- An explanation of how to find your scaled score
- An explanation of how to compute your composite score
- Resources to help you grade the Writing test
- Text and video explanations for each question.
Are ACT Practice Tests Right for You?
At this point you might be wondering, “Does all this time and effort make sense for me, given my specific ACT score goals?”
Well, if you’re planning to take the ACT exam and use that score for any reason, then the answer is a resounding “YES!”
Allow me to convince you:
Say you’ve never heard of the ACT before and you want to know if it’s the right test for you. What should you do?
Take an ACT practice test.
Or, maybe you already know that you need to/want to/are being forced to take the ACT. You’re going to need to prep in order to get your best score possible and be eligible for financial aid, so how do you measure your baseline score?
Take an ACT practice test.
Okay, now you’re a few weeks into your ACT prep. How do you know if you’re improving?
Take an ACT practice test. Compare your new score to your baseline score and see how you’re progressing.
Now your ACT is in two weeks and you’re wondering what score you can expect…
Yep. Take an ACT practice test. Grade it. Use your remaining study time to brush up on the tricky stuff.
Your ACT is tomorrow. You haven’t studied at all.
DO NOT take an ACT practice test! There’s not enough time and it’ll likely leave you tired and unable to be at your best tomorrow. Review the format of the ACT and get a good night’s sleep.
So that’s that! ACT practice tests really are for everyone. Now that you know that you and all your ACT-taking buddies have your Saturday morning plans covered (yay?), let’s figure out where you can find some additional mock-ACT exams.
Where to Find Full-Length ACT Practice Tests
For tests that most closely reflect the test-day experience, you have to go to the source: ACT.
Official ACT Practice Tests from ACT.org
Over the years, ACT has released old versions of the ACT exam to help you practice. These tests are your best friends—they’re the real deal, because they come straight from the folks who make the test. Like Magoosh’s practice ACT test, these come in PDF form, so that you can print them out and take them on paper.
You can also buy The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017, which contains three full-length exams, or the old Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition, which has five. But be warned—many of the practice tests in those books are exactly the same as the ones listed below.
Free Official ACT Practice Tests
Here’s a list of all the free, official ACT practice tests from the last ten years. You’ll probably notice that the ACT doesn’t release a test every single year—2007, 2010, 2013, and 2017 were just repeats of the previous year’s practice test.
- Preparing for the ACT 2016-2017
- Preparing for the ACT 2015-2016
- Preparing for the ACT 2014-2015
- Preparing for the ACT 2011-2012
- Preparing for the ACT 2008-2009
- Preparing for the ACT 2005-2006
Before taking these tests, please note that the ACT has changed a lot over the years.
The 2016-17 practice test is very much like what you’ll encounter on test day. The older versions of the exam can offer helpful practice, especially if you’re working on improving your pacing. However, they are a bit outdated (you may have been in elementary school when they were released) and not a good illustration of the current ACT exam.
Why? A lot has changed in the last ten years:
- The ACT Science test has shifted from its previously consistent format and some students think it is getting a lot harder.
- The ACT Reading test now features comparison passages.
- There is a new ACT essay format that debuted in 2015.
So, if you’re looking for an up-to-date practice test, you should stick to the Magoosh ACT Practice Test and newer official exams.
Buying More ACT Practice Materials
However, if the seven practice tests we’ve already shared aren’t enough for you, you can always purchase a prep book to get more. Prep books from companies like Kaplan, Barron’s, and Princeton Review don’t offer quality practice tests—they are fine for practicing concept-specific strategies, but I would not recommend using them for mock exam practice. You can read our reviews of their books (and more) to learn which prep books offer the best practice questions.
Also, if you like the Magoosh ACT Practice Test PDF, I’d highly recommend signing up for Magoosh ACT Prep. Our premium plans offer enough practice questions for 3 full online practice tests.
Between Magoosh’s free ACT Practice Test PDF, the free official material, and the Real ACT Guide, you shouldn’t need any more full-length exams…that is, if you know how to effectively take an ACT Practice Test.
How to Make the Most of ACT Practice Questions
Now that you know how important it is to take timed ACT practice tests, you probably have a lot of questions. Questions like:
- How many practice tests should you take?
- When should you take practice tests?
- Where should you take ACT practice tests?
- How can you grade your practice tests?
- How can you keep track of your progress?
These are great questions! So great, in fact, that we wrote a post called How to Take an ACT Practice Test to provide answers to all these questions and more.
The article even includes an automatic ACT grader that takes your raw practice test score (the number of ACT practice questions you got right) and converts it into a scaled score (the 1-36 score you’ll get on the actual ACT). You’re welcome. 🙂
Not ready to read another post? Here’s the short version:
The good news is that you don’t have to take that many practice ACT exams in order to be well prepared. There are only so many weekends left before the next ACT—you don’t have to fill them all up with practice tests.
If you’re practicing and studying throughout the next few weeks, you should be able to do well with just a few practice tests. Take one early on to see where you’re starting from, take another in the middle of your studies to see what still needs work, and then take one towards the end to figure out what to expect. All of these should be done under conditions as test-like as possible—at a desk or table in a quiet room with a timer.
(If you have an iPhone or iPad, consider downloading Magoosh’s Test Prep Stopwatch App. It’s a free study timer that has an ACT setting, which you can use to automatically set timers for the duration of each ACT test.)
In between taking entire ACT tests, you should also sprinkle in some test sections—also under the timer. Each section is between 35 and 60 minutes, so you can do them after school or before your weekend social life begins. If you find that some sections are harder to finish in time than others (hi, Science!) then you should do more of those.
If you’d like a little more guidance, then I’d recommend using a study schedule. The Magoosh ones tell you when to take timed practice tests and when to just do a few practice questions. More on that in a minute.
Free ACT Practice: Additional Resources
Ready for even more free ACT practice resources? We have you covered.
ACT Study Schedules, Plans, and Guides
Adding practice tests to your ACT prep strategy can seem overwhelming. One way to decrease the stress of practice is to use an ACT study schedule. At Magoosh, we offer several ACT study plan options:
- 1 Week Study Schedule
- 1 Month Study Schedule
- 2 Month Study Schedule
- 3 Month Study Schedule
- Bonus: ACT Study Guide with Study Calendar & Weekly Checkpoints
Each study schedule includes a timeline of assignments for you to complete as you prepare for the ACT. These assignments range from watching lesson videos on specific ACT concepts to doing small sets of practice questions to taking complete practice tests.
We recommend choosing the option that best fits your timeline and then sticking to it—that way you don’t end up stressed and trying to cram for an important exam.
Free ACT Practice from Magoosh
Our Magoosh ACT Experts have spent a lot of time putting together high-quality, free resources to help you prepare for the ACT. Here’s a sample of some of our favorites!
- Magoosh ACT eBook
- A downloadable guide containing everything you need to know about the ACT, from basics (format, scoring, timing, etc.) to advanced strategies and practice.
- ACT Math Formulas PDF
- A printable list of every single math formula that you’re likely to encounter on the ACT Math Test.
- Magoosh ACT Flashcard App & Magoosh ACT Test Prep App
- Android and iOS apps that allow you to use your Magoosh ACT Prep on the go–all you need is a phone/tablet and an Internet connection.
- Complete Guide to ACT Scoring
- Everything you need to know about ACT scoring, plus average ACT scores for the top 100 U.S. universities.
- ACT Diagnostic Quiz
- Wondering how prepared you really are for the ACT? Take this short, 12-question quiz to find out.
- ACT Prep Book Reviews
- Honest reviews of the most popular ACT prep books on the market. Save valuable time and money by investing in only the best resources.
- Magoosh ACT 7-Day Free Trial
- Try Magoosh’s Premium ACT Prep free for 7 days to see if it’s right for you. You don’t even need a credit card needed to sign up.
Making the Most of Your ACT Practice Tests
Since you’ve made it this far, I’m going to reward you with the best piece of practice test advice a tutor can give:
Do whatever you can to make your ACT practice test experience fun.
The ACT exam is a means to an end—reaching your target score goes a long way towards getting you into your dream college. For many of us, college is the best four years of our lives! So, try to think of each practice test as a challenge, and work to always exceed your personal best.
After you’ve taken the test and checked your answers, reward yourself with something awesome. (My friends and I would pick up greasy breakfast burritos and eat them at the beach…I hope there’s more to do in your hometown than there was in mine!)
If you are regularly taking timed, full-length practice tests, checking your answers, watching explanation videos for tricky concepts, and tracking your progress, then your ACT score will improve. Good luck!