One of the most important strategies we discuss for the ACT is practice. We want students to become familiar with the rigor of the real ACT, and the best way to do that is to take the ACT. To help, we’ve listed two retired ACT practice tests which you can download and print for your students. This resource, developed by the ACT, is great not only for getting an idea of the types of questions asked on the ACT but allows students to fully understand the time constraints involved.
To note, when taking the practice test these conditions are imperative for making the practice test most like the actual test.
- Each test requires 2 hours and 55 minutes. To best understand the strenuous nature of the ACT, have students take them in order, in one sitting, with a 10- to 15-minute break between Tests 2 and 3
- Only allow #2 pencils, erasers, a calculator, and scratch paper
- Use a digital timer set to 2 hours and 50 minutes to allow for the “5-minute” verbal warning
- For more tips, look to page 10 of the practice tests.