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Printable ACT Practice Tests PDFs: 5 FREE Official Tests

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 21, 2015 2:33:00 PM

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feature_authenticNo matter how you prep for the ACT - whether you have a tutor, take a class, or study by yourself - you must get access to official printable ACT tests. These tests are released by the ACT and contain real questions given to real students at previous test dates.

These questions have been removed from circulation (so you won't ever see the questions on a real test), but their quality is second to none when it comes to ACT realism. In this post, I'll tell you where to find all the official printable ACT practice tests with full answer keys. I'll also give you key strategies you must be using to get the most improvement from each practice test.


Free Printable ACT Practice Tests

You should beware that Practice Tests are not a cure-all for all your ACT problems.  Definitely learn what practice tests do and don't do.  Also know the dangers of abusing practice tests.  Make sure you take them at the optimal frequency (read our guide on how often to do practice tests), and don't take full practice tests too too close to the test date.

You should beware that Practice Tests are not a cure-all for all your ACT problems.  Definitely learn what practice tests do and don't do.  Also know the dangers of abusing practice tests.  Make sure you take them at the optimal frequency (read our guide on how often to do practice tests), and don't take full practice tests too too close to the test date.

Here are 5 PDFs for official ACT tests. Even though some practice tests are old (as far back as 2005), the ACT hasn't changed since then. You're still taking the same test as a decade ago.

ACT Printable Practice Test 2015-2016 (Form 72CPRE)

ACT Printable Practice Test 2014-15 (Form 67C)

ACT Printable Practice Test 2011-12 (Form 64E)

ACT Printable Practice Test 2008-09 (Form 61C)

ACT Printable Practice Test 2005-06 (Form 59F)

Each test also includes a full answer key so you can grade your test.

Notice a few years missing? That's because the ACT duplicates the same test in different years. For example, the 2013-14 test is identical to the 2014-15 test. We've included the Form ID with each test so that you can confirm it for yourself (you can see this in the bottom left of each page on the test).

Once you download the PDF, you can print it out and work on paper



6 Strategies You Must Use to Get the Most Out of ACT Practice Tests

When you set aside 4 hours for a practice test, you should try to get the most out of them. Utilize these critical strategies when you're taking the tests:

1) Print the test out, and work on paper. You're going to be taking the test on paper, so you need to practice on paper. Do your scratch work directly on the test, not on separate pieces of scrap paper. Write your essay on paper. After all, that's why you're looking for printable practice tests!

2) Keep strict timing on every single section. Most students have issues with time pressures on the real test. If you give yourself even just 2 extra minutes on a section, this can make a difference of hundreds of points in your score because you give yourself the chance to answer 2-3 more questions per section. Don't deceive yourself about your abilities. The point to practice tests is to identify your weaknesses. Also, make sure you give yourself breaks!

3) Take the test in one sitting if possible. The ACT is a marathon, lasting 4 hours early on a Saturday morning. I've heard from thousands of students how difficult it is to stay focused for the entire 4 hours and avoid careless mistakes at the end of the test. Just like training for a marathon, you have to make sure you have enough endurance. If there's no possible way you can take the test in one sitting (say, you're an athlete and you have practice every single day), then split it up over a few days - it's better to do some practice than none at all. But stick to rule 1): time yourself per section.

4) Review your answers and mistakes. The point to taking practice tests isn't just to do a lot of questions - it's to learn from your mistakes. For every test, you need to review every mistake you make, and every question you got right. If you don't know why you missed a question, don't just gloss over it! You won't learn from your mistake and you'll make it over and over again, hampering your score. You definitely want to prize study quality over quantity. I'd rather see you take 3 tests with detailed review rather than 6 tests with no review.

5) Take at least 4 practice tests before your real test. I've found from experience with thousands of students that this number gets you really comfortable with the test in all respects - timing, endurance, stress, etc. You can definitely take more tests than this, but you need to balance this with focused prep on your weaknesses so that you make faster progress.

6) Supplement practice tests with a prep program if you don't see your score going up from test to test. Some students can learn perfectly by themselves with practice tests - they'll see a mistake they made and instantly realize why they made a mistake and avoid it in the future. Most students tend to need some additional help to pinpoint their weaknesses and teach them skills and strategies. Download our dedicated guide to figuring out which SAT prep method is best for you.

What's Next?

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Allen Cheng
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As co-founder and head of product design at PrepScholar, Allen has guided thousands of students to success in SAT/ACT prep and college admissions. He's committed to providing the highest quality resources to help you succeed. Allen graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and earned two perfect scores on the SAT (1600 in 2004, and 2400 in 2014) and a perfect score on the ACT.

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