Today’s Tip is a round-up of resources for standardized tests like the ACT, SAT, GMAT and GED. SFPL provides study guides and standardized tests in book format and online, as well as hosting SAT workshops.

Free SAT Workshops are being hosted by the Excelsior Library (and a few other branches) during the month of March. You must register online to participate. Priority is given to high-school students in their JUNIOR year. Freshmen and sophomores are automatically put on a waiting list. More information and sign up is available at http://www.successlinktutoring.com/SFPL/.

The LearningExpress Library database has college prep tests, including ACT, SAT, TOEFL iBT, CLEP, AP prep tests and nursing school entrance exams. It also has a variety of GED tests, including Spanish language GED. Grad school tests include GMAT, GRE, LSAT and MCAT. There are also Jobs & Careers practice tests for ASVAB, EMT, cosmetology, nursing, real estate, commercial driver’s license (CDL), etc. Job skills resources include help with writing resumes and cover letters.

If you’ve been reading our Tuesday Tips, by now you know how to get to LearningExpress Library. From the SFPL homepage, click on the eLibrary tab, then Articles & Databases. Choose either the Education category or the Student Resources category from the drop down menu. Create a user name and password, and you can keep track of the tests you've taken and how you did.

If you would like to find a book to study for the test, you can do a keyword search in the SFPL Catalog. With some acronyms, a keyword search on the name of the test alone will be sufficient. For example, “ASVAB” or “GMAT” are unique terms and can be searched easily. However, “SAT” isn’t just an acronym, so you’ll want to add the phrase “study guide” after it. The search would be “sat study guide.”

The College Board offers some free resources online, including the Official SAT Question of the Day™ email, sample practice questions, and a sample practice test.

Excelsior Librarians and Staff share tips & tricks to help you make the most of the San Francisco Public Library catalog, databases and website. New tips posted Tuesdays on the Excelsior Blog. Watch this space!