By Libbie Hough, Communications Specialist
Very few students like college entrance exams and most dread them. But for those students hoping to further their education at a community college or most four-year institutions in North Carolina, entrance exams remain part of the college application process. If you want to get free help with the test you may be taking, get a library card and use the resources at the Orange County Public Library.
With a library card, you can check out books such as Up Your Score ACT: The Underground Guide by Chris Arp and Veritas Tutors and Test Prep with Ava Chen, Jon Fish and Zack Swafford. We also have the 12 Practice Tests for the SAT series by the staff of Kaplan Test Prep and Admission.
A library card provides you with free access 24/7 to Tutor.com, where you will find videos by Khan Academy, tests and worksheets from the College Board, and StudyStack’s math and vocabulary flashcards. You can also access LearningExpress Library, a resource of NC LIVE. There you can make use of entrance exam practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks such as Write Your Way into College: College Admissions Essay.
The above online resources also provide help for the PSAT/NMSQT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. High test scores on the PSAT may help you qualify for recognition and college scholarships.
If you plan to attend a community college, you will need to take placement tests. Doing well on these tests can help you skip entry-level courses, moving more quickly into your course of study. This will save you time and money.
North Carolina’s community colleges placement tests include The North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NCDAP), ACCUPLACER®, ASSET®, or COMPASS® tests. Other states may have different placement tests for their community colleges. You can find test prep help for these tests on Tutor.com and LearningExpress Library, as well.
If you want to place less importance on entrance exams, there are four-year college and university options for you, too. Some institutions have chosen to eliminate or de-emphasize SAT and ACT. You can find the list for 2015 at fairtest.org/university/optional.
Taking college entrance exams or placement tests may not be easy, but you don’t have to go in unprepared. Come by and get your free library card and start prepping today. For more information about the Orange County Public Library, visit bit.ly/ocplibrary.