ACT Test Prep FAQs

The best way to prepare for the ACT® test is to take rigorous courses in high school.

However, you might be interested in additional test prep tools. Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about ACT test prep products.

ACT Academy is a free online learning tool designed to help you get the best score possible on the ACT test through video lessons, interactive practice questions, and full-length practice tests. Teachers, students, and parents can access ACT Academy at ACT Academy is more than just prep for the ACT test – it’s a resource for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

No, you can use ACT Academy without a PreACT® or ACT score. However, if you have ACT or PreACT scores, you can add them to the ACT Academy dashboard so the system can offer your focused practice resources.

If you take the full-length exam, you would receive a score.

ACT Online Prep (AOP) is a 6-month subscription that offers access to an interactive test prep course with personalized learning paths, full-length practice tests, tools to track progress, daily goals, flashcards, and a game center. ACT Online Prep can be used on a mobile device or computer.

Yes, you can write a practice essay and it will be scored. 

Yes, AOP provides explanations to test questions and answers.

The ACT Prep Guide a big red book that is published annually by ACT that allows you to review and answer actual ACT test questions from four full-length tests with explanations for all correct and incorrect answer choices. It has recommendations for test-taking tips and strategies.

The ACT Prep Guide includes official test items that have been used in the ACT test.

The ACT Rapid Review suite provides a range of test prep content and delivery options—Rapid Review Live, Rapid Review On Demand, and Rapid Review All Access. Rapid Review Live offers live instruction from ACT tutors ($75), Rapid Review On Demand ($40) gives you access to on demand videos 24/7, and Rapid Review All Access combines these options ($99). Review this comparison chart to better understand the features of each option.  

ACT Online Prep includes practice items and games to self-study in a structured or adaptive way.  Rapid Review includes videos and live instruction. 

Yes, there are specific times for Rapid Review classes. You can view the current schedule at

The Official ACT Prep Guide (4 tests), ACT Online Prep (2 tests), and ACT Academy (2 tests) all offer full-length tests.

ACT Online Prep and Rapid Review All Access are free to students with fee waivers. You can learn more about fee waivers at

Yes, ACT Online Prep (AOP) comes with a mobile app.

We recommend personalizing your learning based on what gaps are found. Taking a practice test is a great first-step in identifying those gaps by getting a baseline for each subject area so you can determine where to focus your time.

All of the resources offer ways for you to improve in specific areas, it just depends on how extensive you need the course to be. ACT Online Prep and ACT Prep Guide provide the most in-depth resources. 

The ACT Academy prep class is organized by reporting category, so you can focus on one topic at a time. You can also go to the resource library to find all the available resources (

It depends on how much time you have before the tests. If you are studying months in advance, take a look at ACT Online Prep, ACT Academy, and the ACT Prep Guide. If you need to cram, try Rapid Review!

ACT offers several test prep products that each have unique features that serve specific student needs. You can learn all about these options at