Recently I decided to go back to graduate school and complete my master’s degree. The adviser at the college stated that although I was returning to graduate school, it would look better on my admissions paperwork if I took the GRE or Graduate Record Exam. I have been out of school for over 15 years so was very apprehensive about this. The adviser told me about a web site called www.learningexcpresslibrary.com. This site has helped me immensely in studying for my upcoming GRE.
The library has access to the site. However, if you wish to use it at home, you must call them to receive an access code. However, this code is only good for 30 days to their site. After that you must buy a membership to the site. However a private subscription is very expensive as this site is mainly set up for purchase by libraries. They state that presently, there are over 4000 libraries nationwide that subscribe to www.learningexpcresslibrary.com. Some libraries even give you an access code so you can use the site from home, but my library is small so does not offer this service.
My local library is where I access this web site as it is no cost to me. If you try to access the site from your home computer, it will bring you to a totally different site, as the librarian or someone who has purchased the program, are the only ones who have direct access to www.learningexpcress.com. The site you will encounter on your computer is http://www.learnatest.com/LearningExpressLibrary/Home.cfm?CFID=x&CFTOKEN=x&Refresh=1. This last site is merely an advertisement for the actual site.
The website offers practice for standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT ,GRE, and even the GED. For those who do not know, the PSAT is the practice test for the SAT. it is usually given in the student’s Junior year of high school. The SAT and ACT are the college entrance exams. Where you live determines whether you take the SAT or the ACT. Also, some colleges prefer one test over the other. The GRE of course is the test that is taken to get into graduate school.
The web site breaks down the tests into their sub parts. You practice skills in each area. When I was practicing the GRE, not only did I answer questions, but the computer scored the questions for me at that time, gave me my final scores, and even went over the ones that I got wrong. I could back up to check other questions if needed if I had any questions. The variety of questions are limitless, so I doubt you will ever encounter the same practice question twice.
The website also offers practice tests for the Nursing exam and the Postal exam. The list of career exams is extensive, however, the only exams I could not find were the teaching certification exams. I have taken a few of these lately and could have used the practice. I suppose this is because each state has their own specific certification qualifications, so questions would be different.
The site offers ebooks. These are electronic reference books, all included in pdf format. They cover math, reading, and language skills. They cover all academic levels from elementary school to basic college courses.
With computers being such a necessity now, www.learningexpresslibrary.com offers computer tutorial courses. These include word processing, excel, and power point. I have not tried this part of the program myself, but the librarian stated that this was one of the biggest requests from library members.
I would strongly recommend checking out this website next time you got to your local library. It can be useful at any point in your educational or professional career. Hopefully, I will be able to make a very high score on the Graduate Record Exam because of the on line help I have received.