There are a lot of practice tests for the ACT and SAT out there (albeit fewer for the new SAT), but it’s important to know how to use them.
Practice tests created by test-prep companies are invaluable in helping familiarize yourself with question difficulty, style, format, and content, but the results from these tests are not always the most accurate indicator of what you will score on an official test.
Official tests created by the test makers themselves will be the most accurate in determining what score you should expect, although keep in mind the following points when taking practice tests at home:
- Time yourself as accurately as the real thing. Or better yet, have someone else time you, so your focus is solely on the test.
- Do not take extended breaks. Part of the challenge is writing what feels like a marathon, so make sure you know what that feels like.
- Test yourself in a quiet environment, with minimal distractions.
- Don’t re-test with tests you’ve already done. This won’t test anything but your ability to remember answers.
With these tips in mind, here are links to official ACT and SAT practice tests that can be downloaded and printed:
*The essay prompt format changed in 2015. See the 2015-2016 test for the updated version.
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