With students preparing for the PSAT and other important tests such as the SAT, ACT, or AP exams - the library has created a 1-page quick guide to some key test prep resources worth checking out.
The quick guide is not intended to be an exhaustive list of resources, and keep in mind that both the West Hills and Santee Branch libraries offer print copies of test preparation books to check out, as well. Still, the four sources highlighted provide quality, FREE, online content that students are encouraged to use as they prepare.
Here is a quick overview of featured sources:
- College Board & ACT - Whenever students have questions about tests, we always point them to the actual testing organizations as the authoritative sources for answers. A good place for all students to start is by checking out the tips and links from these organizations.
- Khan Academy - Khan Academy is a free website that provides online learning tutorials and exercises, including a growing body of content directly tied to test preparation. Students may even link up their CollegeBoard accounts to get personalized SAT practice recommendations based on PSAT and SAT results.
- PrepSTEP - PrepSTEP is a subscription-based online resource provided for FREE to GUHSD students. Students simply create an account and log in using the link on the West Hills Library homepage. More information about PrepSTEP is available here.
- TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center) - TERC is another subscription-based online resource that students may access for free if they have a San Diego County Library (SDCL) public library card. If students do not already have an SDCL library card, here are two options for getting one:
- OPTION 1: Visit an SDCL Library - Student (AND parent/guardian, if under 18) go in person to an SDCL library with a valid photo ID and proof of current address.
- BENEFIT 1: Students get a card right on the spot!
- BENEFIT 2: Get unlimited access to the entire SDCL collection, including print books, physical media, and online resources such as TERC, online databases, eBooks, and more.
- BENEFIT 3: Your local library professionals are always happy to help you find necessary information on TERC, books available for checkout, programs to attend, and more!
- SPECIAL OFFER (while supplies last): Students who visit the Santee Branch with a parent to get a card may get a FREE candy bar!
- OPTION 2: Apply at West Hills - (1) Students (or teachers) get paper applications from the West Hills Library, (2) Students fill it out and have a parent/guardian sign, (3) Applications are returned to Ms. Sannwald at the West Hills Library, (4) After applications are approved and processed - it may take at least several school days - students receive school-issued SDCL library cards at West Hills.
- CONSIDERATION 1: Students do not get a card to use immediately. The whole process may take 1-2 weeks to complete.
- CONSIDERATION 2: A school-issued card provides students with limited access to check out up to only 2 print books at a time. Having said that, students will still have full access to online resources, including TERC and other valuable databases, eBooks, and digital audiobooks! To "upgrade" cards in the future, students simply need to visit an SDCL branch in person with a parent/guardian.
- BENEFIT 1: Students may get SDCL cards at school without having to make an extra trip with a parent to an SDCL branch location. This is a helpful option if students do not have transportation or time.
- BENEFIT 2: Teachers may use this option with whole classes by coordinating with Ms. Sannwald.
|Did you know? September also happens to be Library Card Sign-up Month!|