This summer the Louisville Free Public Library will host its first-ever Teen Choice Book Awards. Vote for your favorites in each category, and then attend the Teen After-Hours party on July 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. when the winners will be unveiled. Vote as often as you like and tell your friends!
Of all of the research tools available on the Library’s website, the Learning Express Library is one of my favorites. The site recently had face lift, so here’s a quick overview for accessing free test preparation materials, starting with the brand new homepage!
Accessing the Learning Express Library
You can access the Learning Express Library by clicking on Research Tools on the right hand side of the LFPL homepage. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Test Preparation, and then click the link to the Learning Express Library. Use your library card number and password to log in from home or school. You will be required to register with the site in order to save and access test preparation materials, but it is free.
Navigating the new Learning Express Library
The Learning Express Library is now organized into Centers, which each have a variety of test preparation materials. You can scroll through the visual links to the different Centers using the arrows on the right and left of the screen, or access a drop down list of all of the Centers by hovering over All Centers found on the blue toolbar at the top of the screen.
Accessing ACT practice tests:
- Click on College Prep Center from the Learning Express Library homepage.
- You can scroll through the options in the College Prep Center by using the arrows on the right and left of the screen. To access ACT Practice Tests, click on Prepare for your ACT Test.
- On the left side of the screen you can find options for accessing the various ACT prep tools available through the Learning Express Library. You will find a comprehensive tutorial, practice tests, and test preparation eBooks; once you select your tool, click on Launch to open it.
New test options
One of the biggest changes to the database is that you now have multiple options for taking a practice test. Once you launch the practice test you can select one of three test modes:
- Learner: View the answers to each question as you go along to help you study.
- Practice: See answer explanations after you have finished. If the test is timed, the timer will display but will not be enforced.
- Simulation: The test will stop when the timer is up.
But wait, there’s more!
The Learning Express Library offers a lot more than just ACT preparation tools. Under the College Center alone you can access resources for SAT prep and AP courses, but the other centers also contain useful test preparation tools. Planning on becoming a nurse? Check out the preparation materials for the Nursing School Entrance Exam in the Career Center! Need to improve your math grade? Get extra practice through the School Center! Play around with the different centers and see what you can find!
If you need help accessing the Learning Express Library talk to your friendly neighborhood librarian!
-Ruth, Teen Services, the Underground at the Main Library
ACT Practice Tests at the Library
Preparing for the ACT is challenging, and many students find their biggest hurdle is combating test anxiety. I have spoken to many teens who say they have difficulty focusing when taking timed tests. You can refresh on grammar rules and practice math equations with a book, but only the real thing can show you how well you perform in the testing environment. If you want to test drive the ACT, take advantage of the FREE practice tests taking place at the Louisville Free Public Library!
Here are the upcoming ACT practice tests at the Main Library
ACT Practice Test with KAPLAN
Saturday, February 1st from 10 am-2 pm
Auditorium, Main Library, 301 York St
ACT Practice Test with Sylvan Learning
Saturday, March 29th from 10 am-2 pm
Auditorium, Main Library, 301 York St
If you are interested in registering for one of the practice tests, please call the Main Teen department, 574-1724. Sign-ups are limited to 75 students, so register early. On test day, you will need two #2 pencils, a calculator, and a snack. There will be a 15-minute break. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you are in the testing room on time; latecomers will not be allowed into the auditorium. The practice test will last approximately four hours.
What if I can’t make it to a practice test?
We also offer free practice tests online through the Learning Express Library. To log in from home, you will need your library card number and password. ACT practice tests can be found under College Preparation. You will need to make an account with the Learning Express Library to access and store your test information. Please contact your home branch if you need assistance.
You can access the Learning Express Library and other ACT Prep resources through our ACT help page.
–Ruth Houston, Teen Services, Main Library