Free Practice Tests for the ACT

Free Practice Tests for the ACT is your ultimate source for practice tests for the ACT! We have compiled nearly 5,000 practice questions, including 18 full-length ACT-style practice tests and have also included links to 5 official tests from ACT.  Also, when you're preparing for the ACT, use our list of resources for study tips, subject-specific strategies and more.'s practice questions have full answers and explanations - use them to get your highest score!

Free Practice Tests For the ACT Exam

These practice questions were written by to help you prepare for the exam - they are not official ACT questions.


Note: The Math Tests are randomized, so please take the test multiple times.

Math Practice Test Pool 1
Math Practice Test Pool 2


Reading Practice Test 1
Reading Practice Test 2
Reading Practice Test 3
Reading Practice Test 4
Reading Practice Test 5 
Reading Practice Test 6 


English Practice Quiz 1
English Practice Quiz 2
English Practice Quiz 3
English Practice Quiz 4

More English Practice Tests

English Practice Test 1
English Practice Test 2
English Practice Test 3
English Practice Test 4 


Science Quiz 1
Science Quiz 2
Science Quiz 3

Links to Free Full Length ACT Practice Tests (PDF Format)

 Provider Notes # Questions Includes Explanations?
2017-2018 Official Practice Test from ACT (PDF) (1572CPRE) Latest official ACT practice test  215 No
 ACT Study Guide and Practice Questions from ACT (Spanish) - PDF Latest official ACT practice test in Spanish  215 No
2014-2015 Official Practice Test from ACT (PDF) (1267C)
Answers/Explanations for 1267C (PDF)
Official practice test from 2014-2105  215 Yes
 2011-2012 Official Practice Test from ACT (PDF) (0964E) Official practice test from 2011-2012  215 No
 2008-2009 Official Practice Test from ACT (PDF) (0661C) Official practice test from 2008-2009 215 No
2005-2006 Official Practice Test from ACT (PDF) (0359F) Official practice test from 2005-2006   215 No
McGraw Hill 10 Full ACT practice Tests (PDF)  10 Full-length practice tests from McGraw-Hill 2150 Yes
IVY Global Practice Test (PDF)  Full length practice test from IVY Global 215 No
ACT Practice tests from BWS (PDF)  Four full practice tests (Math, Reading, English, Science) from BWS Education 215 No
Math Practice Test (PDF)
Answer Key with Explanations (PDF)
Math Only Practice Test 60 Yes


Links to Other ACT Practice Tests (Online)

Provider  Notes # Questions Includes Explanations?
Online English practice questions from ACT  Official questions but confusing interface. 75 Yes
Online Math practice questions from ACT Official questions but confusing interface. 60 Yes
Online Reading practice questions from ACT Official questions but confusing interface.  58 Yes
Online Science practice questions from ACT Official questions but confusing interface. 30 Yes
ACT Practice Questions from 4Tests Science question (and others) are not in the same format as the official ACT.  95 Yes
MoMetrix practice questions Mixed quality  60 Yes
Union Test Prep practice questions Science questions are not appropriate for ACT study (not in right format or on right material) 205 Yes

Other Study Resources for the ACT exam

 Resource Provider
 One Month Study Schedule Magoosh
 Video Lessons Magoosh
 ACT Study Tips PrepScholar
 Test Day Strategies Chegg
 Math Cheat Sheet Dummies
 Math Strategies EriktheRed
 Get a 36 on Math PrepScholar
Science Tips PrepExpert
Science Strategies KenRose
Reading Tips Kaplan
More Reading Tips PrepExpert
English Tips Princeton Review
ACT Grammar and Punctuation Rules The Critical Reader

Using our practice questions is a proven method to prepare for your upcoming ACT exam.  The best part about our sample tests is that they require no payment or registration - they are completely free!  Our example questions are categorized based on the ACT outline.  Once you have completed the's quizzes, your answers will be immediately graded.  The score report you receive after completing our practice exams will not only include your grade, but also a complete explanation for all of your wrong answers.  We are currently in the process of adding more free test questions, so please check back often.  If you have another source of quality sample questions, please let us know!

Preparing for you ACT exam with practice tests is a great approach.  The benefits of using sample ACT test questions include:

  • Becoming comfortable with the test format - The ACT, like most standardized tests, has its own unique format (way of presenting the questions).  As you take more and more sample tests, you will begin to see a pattern in the way the questions are written.  Once the actual test day comes, you will feel comfortable and have no surprises.
  • Improving your pace - Each section of the ACT test is timed.  To do well on the exam, you need to keep a strong steady pace going.  Practice taking the sample exams in a timed format to help improve your speed and decision making.
  • Helping improve your ability to solve problems - Standardized tests measure your ability to solve problems, not just memorize information.  To do well on the ACT test (especially the math section) you will need to have strong problem solving capabilities.  When you take our sample questions, pay special attention to the answer rationales presented in your score report to help improve your problem solving abilities.
  • Focusing your study time - One of the biggest advantages to taking sample tests is learning what you are good at and what you are weak at.  You can then concentrate your study time on your weakest areas.

ACT Test Overview

The ACT Exam is intended to assess a high school student’s readiness for college. The exam consists of multiple choice questions covering four areas: Mathematics, Science, Reading, and English.  The ACT has a total of 215 questions and you are given 175 minutes to complete the exam. Each of the four sections is detailed below:


Questions/Time: 60 Questions/60 Minutes

Topics Covered:

  • Number & Quantity (5 Questions) – real and complex number systems; integer and rational exponents; vectors; matrices.
  • Algebra (8 Questions) – linear, exponential, polynomial, and radical equations; systems of equations/matrices; solve, graph, and model expressions.
  • Functions (8 Questions) – understand and apply function definition, representation, and notation; work with logarithmic, polynomial, radical, and piecewise functions; translate and manipulate functions; apply various graph features.
  • Geometry (8 Questions) – find missing values in figures (triangles, circles, etc.); calculate and utilize surface area and volume measurements; utilize trigonometric ratios and conic section equations.
  • Statistics & Probability (7 Questions) – calculate probabilities; analyze related sample space; describe distributions; analyze/model relationships in bivariate data.
  • Integrating Essential Skills (24 Questions) – solve problems with multiple steps; rates and percentages; proportional relationships; volume, surface area, and area; average and median.


Questions/Time: 40 Questions/35 Minutes

Topics Covered:

  • Interpretation of Data (20 Questions) – Utilize data presented in diagrams, graphs and tables; 
  • Scientific Investigation (10 Questions) – Identify variables and controls; understand scientific tools, design, and procedures; compare, extend, and modify experiments.
  • Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results (10 Questions) – assess the validity of scientific information; develop conclusions and predictions based on presented information.


Questions/Time: 40 Questions/35 Minutes

Topics Covered:

  • Key Ideas and Details (23 Questions) – discern themes and central ideas; outline ideas and information; understand relationships and draw conclusions; work with comparative, sequential and cause-effect relationships.
  • Craft and Structure (11 Questions) – assess text structure; determine phrase and word meanings; determine perspective and the author’s purpose; differentiate between perspectives and sources of information.
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (6 Questions) – recognize differences between facts and opinions; utilize evidence to make connections between different passages; evaluate reasoning and evidence from multiple sources.


Questions/Time: 75 Questions/45 Minutes

Topics Covered:

  • Production of Writing (23 Questions) – identify a text’s purpose; assess whether a text meets its intended goal; evaluate relevance; evaluate the logical organization of a passage; determine whether a text flows smoothly and has an appropriate introduction and conclusion.
  • Knowledge of Language (12 Questions) – determine appropriate word choice; assess consistency in style and tone.
  • Conventions of Standard English (40 Questions) – improve writing by modifying sentence structure and formation; revise sentences to utilize proper English punctuation; change sentences to correct common problems with standard English usage.

ACT Scores

Your ACT score report will include the following scores:

  • Composite (1 – 36) is the overall average of your subject test scores.  Compare this score to the average scores of your desired colleges.
  • Math (1 – 36) – your performance on the Math test.
  • Science (1 – 36) – your performance on the Science test.
  • STEM (1 – 36) – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math score represents your overall score for both the math and science tests.
  • English (1 – 36) – your performance on the English test.
  • Reading (1 – 36) – your performance on the Reading test.
  • Writing (2-12) – your performance on the optional Writing test.
  • ELA (1 – 36) – English, Language Arts score represents your overall score for the English, Reading, and Writing tests.

ACT scores are useful indicators of your academic readiness for college. In general, you can use your different ACT scores to:

  • Compare your scores against other students by analyzing your percentile ranks
  • Understand whether your scores are good enough to get into various colleges
  • Determine your various academic strengths and weaknesses
  • Help decide on future college majors and potential careers

Complete details of your ACT scores (including ranks, average college requirements, average ACT scores for the top 100 public and private colleges, and ACT benchmark scores) can be found on our ACT scores page.

The ACT Test is a standardized exam that is used by various colleges and universities in the U.S. as a factor in determining college admissions.  The ACT Test is similar in purpose to the SAT.  Both the SAT and ACT tests are only one factor that colleges use in their admissions processes, but it can be an important factor – so you should prepare and strive to do well on the test.

If you have another source of free ACT practice tests, please let us know and we can include it here.