I don't want to brag, but our library has some fantastic databases that you need to examine if you haven't already at librarypoint.org/articles_databases. One of the most useful of these databases is the Testing and Education Reference Center, the ultimate resource for standardized test preparation and career advancement. Whether you're a high school student going to college, a college student advancing to graduate school, or preparing for a professional exam in careers such as firefighting, nursing, or law enforcement, chances are you'll find what you need at the Testing and Education Reference Center.
You can navigate to the database by clicking on the link above or visiting our homepage, librarypoint.org
, clicking on the link labeled "Articles & Databases" on the right side of the screen under the "Library Basics" section, then scrolling down to the “Testing and Education Reference Center” link on the following page. If you are accessing the database from home you will be prompted to enter either your library card number or one of the phone numbers you’ve listed with the library.
The main page for the database is relatively easy to navigate. The blue bar running under the title banner lists different categories for test prep: High School, College Prep, Career Tools, Grad School Tools, and International Tools. Hovering your mouse pointer over any of these categories will reveal a list of tests, exams, and other resources covered in those sections.
Let's take a look at a sample by visiting the SAT section:
Each section you visit will have links for preparation books, practice exams, and extra materials to help you prepare. Clicking on the links for the books and exams will prompt you to create an account with the database so that they can deliver your practice test results; this account is separate from your library account but is still completely free. The books are delivered in copy-protected PDF files that can be read in the browser only, so make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Many of the sections have multiple practice tests to help maximize your preparation and will allow you to keep track of your scores for each:
If the tests are comprised of multiple sections, you may take the whole test all at once or tackle the individual sections one at a time.
Other tools for higher education students and indeed all students and other users include college search, scholarship search, a resume builder, a guided career search and much more.
And as mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are many resources for specialized fields. If you want to be a police officer, firefighter, air traffic controller, cosmetologist, real estate agent, and beyond, the Testing and Education Reference Center has books and practice tests to help you out!
Library patrons who are working towards becoming U.S. citizens can also benefit from this database, with access to books and practice tests for the TOEFL, the TOEIC, and the United States Citizenship Test.
Basically, if you're looking to advance academically or professionally in life, you need to use the Testing and Education Reference Center. No other web site offers our patrons so much quality, professionally-prepared help and information all in one place for free.