Up Your Test Scores at the Library

Like it or not, standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT are required for admission to many colleges. The pages of multiple-choice questions and bubbles to fill in can be daunting. Luckily, the library is here to help make the process a little less scary and prepare you for test day. Here are three ways to up your test scores at the library.

Check out test prep books. If you like to work from traditional print books, your local King County Library has a variety of options to help you master the SAT and ACT tests. Most test prep books teach test-taking strategies, introduce you to the format, and provide lots of sample questions. Some also come with CDs with additional computer-based material. If your library doesn't have the book you need, you can also place a copy on hold to have it sent to your library from another location. Search in our catalog for SAT books and ACT books.

Use our premium online resources. The King County Library System subscribes to an online test resource that you can use with your library card number and password. The Testing & Education Reference Center provides a wealth of test prep resources including interactive SAT and ACT courses, practice tests for many tests, and test-taking strategies. The site also includes test prep ebooks and general career information. You will be required to create a free account in addition to your library card to use this resource.

Find a quiet place to study. While we can't promise the library is quiet all the time, many of our libraries have private study rooms that make great places to study. If you have a group, you might also want to book a small meeting room to get together and practice with friends. Contact your local library for information about booking these rooms.

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