7 Free ACT Practice Tests (PDF Download)

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Looking for ACT practice? You’ve come to the right place! We not only present to you Magoosh’s own full-length free ACT Practice Test PDF, but we also show you where you can get other high-quality practice tests.

We also have a free SAT practice test you can try as well. You can also do an ACT to SAT score conversion if you want to take both and see which you do better on!

Free ACT Practice Test by Magoosh

Magoosh’s full-length ACT practice test has been perfected over the years by Magoosh’s ACT experts, who have combined decades of experience teaching the ACT exam. Practice tests are an essential part of ACT prep, and Magoosh’s free ACT Practice Test PDF is a great place to start.

To access our practice test PDF (featuring all ACT sections, including the optional essay, as well as the answers and explanations at the end), just enter your email:

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Six Free Official ACT Practice Exams

Once you’ve done the Magoosh test, I strongly recommend doing some additional practice ACTs, starting with the official ACT practice tests. These tests are the real deal because they were used in previous ACT administrations. There is one currently available on the ACT website: the 2020-2021 Practice Test (PDF).

Every year, the ACT features a different test on their website, but they cycle through the same six tests: the above test and five additional practice tests that were also used in a real ACT administration. While the ACT website doesn’t have archives of these tests, lucky for you, we have provided them below!

ACT 2005-2006 Practice Test (PDF)
ACT 2008-2009 Practice Test (PDF)
ACT 2011-2012 Practice Test (PDF)
ACT 2014-2015 Practice Test (PDF)
ACT 2016-2017 Practice Test (PDF)

Within each PDF, you’ll find the answer key for that test at the very end. That will help you figure out your ACT scores: the composite score (overall score), as well as your sectional scores.

Note that the tests released between 2005 and 2015 have outdated essay prompts that you shouldn’t practice with (the ACT revamped their essay in 2016). Aside from the essay prompts, these tests are still pretty valuable because the question types and overall ACT format have not changed much over the years.

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How to Use these Practice Tests

First step in taking practice tests properly is starting with a diagnostic exam. This is so crucial to understanding the exam you’ll be taking, getting perspective on your strengths and weaknesses, and figuring out where your score is compared to where you want it to be (though don’t try to use it to make any score predictions—yet!). If you follow any ACT tips, make sure to take one of these ASAP!

Once you have that diagnostic score, set your ACT score goal. Then, spread the remaining tests out over your study schedule and work hard to reach that score goal. Depending on how long you’re studying, you should be taking at least an exam every month—but every week or every two weeks is better. Take a look at Magoosh’s expert recommendations in our ACT study schedules!

It’s a good idea to make sure that the first (diagnostic) test that you take, as well as the last test, are official practice exams—preferably recent ones, particularly if you’re taking the optional writing test (essay). This will help ensure that you’re fully prepared for the exact types of materials you’ll see on test day!

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Where to Find Additional ACT Practice Exams and Practice Content

So you should be taking a practice test a week—but what happens if you’re studying for more than seven weeks? There are tons of other places you can look to find great ACT practice tests and other content! For example:

Additional Resources from Magoosh

Magoosh ACT is another great way to get test-like practice with full-length practice tests before the official exam. The 1300+ questions mean that you can take 4 full-length practice tests—and still have questions for quizzes and practice.

You can also get an extra test and lots of other practice by purchasing the Magoosh ACT book.

Official Prep Guides from the ACT Test Maker

The Official ACT Prep Guide 2021-2022 offers six practice tests. You can find other tests in The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017, or Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition.

Be warned—many of the practice tests in those books are exactly the same as the online ones linked above. The official ACT materials also do not contain the in-depth text and video explanations that Magoosh offers for its own questions, but they are still excellent sources of practice.

A Note About Finding High-Quality Free Resources

If you’re looking for more free ACT practice resources, you can check out our post on the best online ACT prep. As you continue your search for as many practice tests as you need, the most important thing to do before spending hours taking a practice test you find on the internet is to make sure they come from a reputable source.

There are a lot of terrible ACT prep resources out there—most of them are free, but a good number also cost money. Read reviews from external resources and for the resources that cost money, take free trials if you can to see if they match the quality of the resources featured in this post. You may be tempted to use the free ones, thinking all prep must be good prep, but it’ll help you so much more on test-day if you practice with resources that match the ACT as closely as possible.

If money is an issue, there are also ways to get the above resources for free—you can check your library for the ACT prep books or see if your school can purchase Magoosh accounts on behalf of their students.

However you decide to get your ACT practice in, we hope this blog has been helpful for you!

By the way, Magoosh can help you study for both the SAT and ACT exams. Click here to learn more!

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