For your convenience

here are official diagnostic tests of both the ACT and the SAT.


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Here are a few notes to help you have a pleasurable, accurate at-home testing experience:

*Please take each at roughly the same time (8am or 9am preferred!), a few days to a week apart.

*Make sure there are no distractions.

*Make sure SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE TEST-TAKER is timing the whole thing, and please stick to the prescribed time limits. (We want a good, fair comparison between the two tests.)


ACT Directions:

 

1) Download the Diagnostic ACT HERE
2) Print out the test.
3) Take the test!

The multiple choice test starts on page 11, with a bubble sheet on pages 63-64. Use lined, loose-leaf paper to write the essay.
 

For Regular Time, stick with this schedule:

English       45 minutes
Math           60 minutes

-- 10 minute break --

Reading      35 minutes
Science       35 minutes

-- 5 minute break --

Essay         40 minutes
 

For Extended Time, here's your schedule:

English       67.5 minutes
Math           90 minutes

-- 10 minute break --

Reading      52.5 minutes
Science       52.5 minutes

-- 5 minute break --

Essay         60 minutes
 

4) Score your test! 

SAT Directions:

 

1) Download the Diagnostic SAT, Essay prompt, and Bubble Sheet
2) Print.
3) Take the test!

Use the bubble sheet for multiple choice sections. Use lined, loose-leaf paper to write the essay.


For Regular Time, stick with this schedule


Reading                             65 minutes
Writing & Language           35 minutes

-- 10 minute break --

Math - No Calculator          25 minutes
Math - Calculator OK         55 minutes

-- 5 minute break --

Essay         50 minutes
 

For Extended Time, here's your schedule:

Reading                             97.5 minutes
Writing & Language           52.5 minutes

-- 10 minute break --

Math - No Calculator          37.5 minutes
Math - Calculator OK         82.5 minutes

-- 5 minute break --

Essay                                    75 minutes
 

4) Download the Scoring Guide here, print, and score your test. If this is too confusing, just use page 6 to mark the correct and incorrect answers.


If All Else Fails:

If at-home testing is not your thing, no worries! There might be a testing center near you where you can pay to take a diagnostic ACT and a diagnostic SAT. 

In the NYC area, Bespoke Education is pretty good for mock testing.

See you at your
Ace The Test: Game Plan™!