What is the ACT?

The ACT is an achievement test that measures your proficiency on a variety of skills related to reading, writing and math.

Why take the ACT?

Many competitive colleges require that applicants take the ACT and achieve a particular score as a part of the application process. Since schools across the country, and even across the state, vary in their graduation requirements and level of rigor, the ACT allows colleges to evaluate students using a single, consistent assessment of their skills.

ACT Test Prep Links

Are you getting ready to take the ACT? The links below will help you practice so that you'll be prepared for the test:
  • http://www.actstudent.org/index.html - This link will take you to the ACT's main page for general testing information including registration.
  • http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/index.html - This link will take you to an overview of the sections on the test. You can click on the name of a particular section to learn more about what each section tests you on.
  • http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/english/eng_01.html - This link will take you directly to interactive questions for each section on the ACT. This is a great resource since you get instant feedback on whether you're right or wrong as well as an explanation of why a particular answer is the best choice.
  • http://www.actstudent.org/qotd/ - If you want to practice for the ACT, but you're pressed for time, this is a neat link. Everyday ACT puts up one free question for you to practice. How could you ask for more? (Actually, the SAT sends the question of the day right to your email.)
  • http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=13 - This link takes you to a site designed by Barron's Test Prep. They have free practice questions and provide feedback on whether the answer is right or wrong. However, their test questions don't follow the format of the ACT and were quite simplistic in nature. I would use this only as a basic skills practice.
  • http://www.testpreppractice.net/ACT/Free-ACT-Practice-Tests/Sentence-Correction-1.aspx This site is very similar to the previous site. It does, however, have two nice features. There's a timer to help you gauge how long it takes you to answer a question and feedback on why a particular answer choice is correct.
  • http://act.testfrenzy.com/fullact.html - This site doesn't have practice questions. Instead it tells you where and how to access free test prep practice from leading test prep companies such as Princeton Review and Kaplan. I'd definitely check these links out if I were preparing for the ACT.

Further Test Prep

If you still want more practice after attending these sessions and exhausting the practices available online, go buy a good ACT test prep book. I personally prefer books that give me more practice questions with more explanations rather than books that simply tell me how to take the test. If you don't want to buy a book, libraries usually have copies in the reference section, so you'd simply have to plan on spending some time at the library if you went with that route.