Prepare for the ACT & SAT with These Free Study Guides

It’s time to get ready to take your college entrance exams. But don’t just go boldly in there, unprepared: You shouldn’t walk into the exam without ever having seen a sample test!

We’ve done the research for you, so check out these free resources below, and get right to it!

There are tons of study resources out there for the ACT and SAT - and you don’t even have to pay for them.

Free Study Guides for the ACT
It’s best to go to the source first. The following three resources are straight from ACT - so you know they’re the real deal.

Take some time every day to answer the ACT Question of the Day. This will give you a chance to build regular, easy practice for the ACT into your daily schedule, with minimal time commitment.

To go a little deeper, check out the ACT Practice Questions. There are five sets of questions for English and Mathematics, four sets for Reading, and seven for Science, and they’ll help familiarize you with the kinds of questions on the ACT. Even better - when you click on an answer, you can instantly see whether it’s right or wrong, and the reasoning behind the answer. This is great practice for the real test, and it’s free.

Lastly, don’t even think about taking the ACT without reviewing ACT’s free guide, Preparing for the ACT. It includes full-length practice tests, strategies on how to prepare for the test, and information on what to expect on test day. An invaluable resource, don’t you think? And it doesn’t cost you a penny.

Don’t even think about taking the ACT without reviewing ACT’s free guide, Preparing for the ACT.

Free Study Guides for the SAT
The College Board (the people that put on the SAT) also offers a ton of great free resources.

Start with the SAT Question of the Day to build practice into your daily schedule. You can even subscribe to get the daily question straight to your email!

You can also take the SAT Full Practice Test, which is just what it sounds like: a full-length practice test. There’s no better way to prepare than to take an actual test and see what it’s all about, and you can do this one for free, either online or printed out.

Lastly, the College Board also has this cool Test Day Simulator so you know what to expect on test day.

SAT offers a customized study plan for you, so fill in your details, get a plan, and then implement it to be fully prepared come test day.

There are also some high-quality resources out there that aren’t put on by the College Board or the ACT.

Over on Khan Academy (we’ve written about them before) they work through every problem in the College Board’s “Official SAT Study Guide”. Take the practice tests on your own, and then use the videos to understand the problems you didn’t get on your own.

To study on your own, make flashcards with StudyBlue. Flashcards are great, because the repetition of seeing the word (for vocab) or concept over and over again really cements it in your mind. With StudyBlue, you can make digital flashcards with photos and audio and flip through them on your phone.

Finally, don’t forget to check with your own high school or local colleges; they often offer on-site preparation courses for free. For example, the prestigious University of Chicago offers free SAT and ACT courses on Saturday mornings for seven weeks. Check their website to see when the next session starts.

As you can see, there are a ton of resources out there to help you prepare for the SAT and ACT, and they’re free. Before paying any money for anything, work through all those free resources; chances are, it’ll end up being enough.

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