Before you sign up for an expensive prep course--or even check out a study guide from the library--take a look at what LearningExpress Library has to offer.
With your library card, through the library website, you can access free tutorials and practice tests for college entrance exams, occupational exams, and more. You'll be asked for your card number once, then set up a username and password so you can sign in at any time and pick up where you left off.
In the College Prep Center, you'll find test prep ebooks, tutorials, and free practice tests for the ACT, SAT, TOEFL iBT, and AP exams, as well as pointers on writing college essays.
In the Career Center, you'll find Civil Service practice exams, preparation for the NCLEX-RN, CDL certification prep, Praxis prep, ASVAB prep, and prep for many, many more career entrance exams.
Other "centers" offered in LearningExpress Library include an Adult Learning Center (where you'll find Citizenship Test practice, among other things), Computer Skills Center, and Recursos Para Hispanohablantes.
Resources for planning your path to college: finding a good fit, "Financial Aid 101," (including how to complete the FAFSA), a Scholarship Search Tool, tips for college essays and interviews, and more. Also includes advice for parents.
A resource designed for first generation and underrepresented college applicants: "We connect first generation and underrepresented students to caring colleges, generous scholarships, and life-changing counselors and mentors."
Find schools by location, size, name, programs/degrees, religious affiliation, public/private/nonprofit, and mission. Includes types of financial aid and GI bill benefits information.
A government website on types of age, eligibility for aid, applying for aid, and managing student loans.
Annual college rankings and tips and tools for selecting a college.
Put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Handbook (online) lets you browse potential occupations by fastest growing, highest income, most new jobs predicted, and more, as well as look up any occupation to learn about job duties, education and training needed, and pay.