ACT Practice Test


Welcome to the ACT practice test page. The links below will help you take our sample ACT practice test. These ACT practice questions will give you a better idea of what to study on your exam. Good luck with your studying. If you need additional practice questions get our ACT study guide and flashcards.



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ACT FAQ


What is a good score on the ACT?

The ACT is scored on a scaled score of 1 to 36. The national average ACT score is 21. However, every school has a different score requirement.


What is in the ACT test?

The ACT test is composed of four sections. These sections include English, Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT test also includes an optional essay section.


Is a 30 good on the ACT?

Absolutely! The ACT is scored on a scaled score ranging from 1 to 36. Anything over a 21 is considered as a good score.


Is the ACT that hard?

For some test-takers, taking the ACT exam can be stressful because it is timed. Just make sure that you are properly prepared.


What ACT score is needed for Yale?

To be accepted into Yale, you will need a composite score of 33. Applicants who successfully become accepted into Yale have ACT scores ranging in the top 3 percent.


Is the ACT or SAT more difficult?

One test is not more difficult than the other. While each test have some differences when it comes to the content of the exam and the time allotted, both the ACT and SAT are equal in difficulty.


Do most colleges prefer the SAT or ACT?

Many colleges do not have a preference regarding the SAT or ACT. Many schools will accept scores from either test. What matters more is how highly you score on the exam rather than which exam you took.


What is a good score on the ACT for a 10th grader?

The average score for a 10th grader that takes the ACT exam is 18.


How many questions are on the ACT?

There are 215 questions on the ACT exam. There is also an optional essay for the writing section.


How the ACT is graded?

The ACT has four subject areas on the exam. Each subject area is scored on a scaled score between 1 and 36. Those scores are then calculated into a composition score which also ranges from 1 to 36.


What does your ACT score have to be to get into Harvard?

If you want to be accepted into Harvard, you will need to have an average composite score on the ACT of 34.


Is there any calculus on the ACT?

While the ACT does test different areas in math, you will not be tested on calculus.


Do Ivy Leagues accept ACT scores?

All Ivy Leagues accept ACT scores. However, with Ivy League schools, your score will need to be much higher than the national average score, which is 21.


What math is in the ACT?

You will be given questions over pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plan geometry, and trigonometry.


What kind of math problems are in the ACT?

There are 60 total questions in the ACT math section. The questions come from six different math areas that have been covered in class by the end of your 11th grade year.


ACT Practice the Right Way


Your success on ACT test day depends not only on how many hours you put into preparing, but also on whether you prepared the right way. It’s good to check along the way to see whether your studying is paying off. One of the most effective ways to do this is by taking ACT practice tests to evaluate your progress. Practice tests are useful because they show exactly where you need to improve. Every time you take an ACT online practice test, pay special attention to these three groups of questions:


  • The ACT questions you got wrong
  • The ones you had to guess on, even if you guessed right
  • The ones you found difficult or slow to work through

This will show you exactly what your weak areas are, and where you need to devote more study time. Ask yourself why each of these questions gave you trouble. Was it because you didn’t understand the material? Was it because you didn’t remember the vocabulary? Do you need more repetitions on this type of question to build speed and confidence? Dig into those questions and figure out how you can strengthen your weak areas as you go back to review the material.


Additionally, many ACT practice tests have a section explaining the answer choices. It can be tempting to read the explanation and think that you now have a good understanding of the concept. However, an explanation likely only covers part of the question’s broader context. Even if the explanation makes sense, go back and investigate every concept related to the question until you’re positive you have a thorough understanding.


As you go along, keep in mind that the ACT practice test is just that: practice. Memorizing these questions and answers will not be very helpful on the actual test because it is unlikely to have any of the same exact questions. If you only know the right answers to the sample questions, you won’t be prepared for the real thing. Study the concepts until you understand them fully, and then you’ll be able to answer any question that shows up on the test.


It’s important to wait on the practice tests until you’re ready. If you take a test on your first day of study, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of material covered and how much you need to learn. Work up to it gradually.


On test day, you’ll need to be prepared for answering ACT questions, managing your time, and using the test-taking strategies you’ve learned. It’s a lot to balance, like a mental marathon that will have a big impact on your future. But like training for a marathon, start slowly and work your way up. When the test day comes, you’ll be ready.


ACT Strategy


When you’re ready to start taking practice tests, follow this strategy:


  • Take the first test with no time constraints and with your notes and ACT study guide handy. Take your time and focus on applying the strategies you’ve learned.
  • Take the second practice test “open book” as well, but set a timer and practice pacing yourself to finish in time.
  • Take any other practice tests as if it were test day. Set a timer and put away your study materials. Sit at a table or desk in a quiet room, imagine yourself at the testing center, and answer questions as quickly and accurately as possible.
  • Keep taking practice tests on a regular basis until you run out of practice tests or it’s time for the actual test. Your mind will be ready for the schedule and stress of test day, and you’ll be able to focus on recalling the material you’ve learned.


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Last updated: 10/24/2018

 

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