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'Learning Express' arrives at library near you

WINDER - The Piedmont Regional Library System is offering an online resource that allows users to take practice tests on everything from the GED to citizenship exams - all free of charge.

Library leaders recently launched the Learning Express Library, an online resource that allows library card holders to take practice versions of standardized tests. The service is offered to patrons of the 11 libraries comprising the Piedmont consortium in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties.

If practice makes perfect, the resource would be a wise stop for those seeking to ace tests leading to a host of careers and post-high-school endeavors.

Among the practice tests available are GED, SAT, GRE, ACT, ASVAB and Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Other tests include the standardized postal exam, and preparatory tests for nurses, police, corrections officers, firefighters and civil service careers.

For younger students, the resource includes elementary, middle and high school tests in math, reading and writing.

Also available are resume and interviewing skills tests, citizenship and Test English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

"These tests are specifically geared toward improving skills in all these areas," said Alan Harkness, the library system's regional director.

Harkness said a free account takes seconds to set up. The tests can be accessed at any of Piedmont's 11 library branches, or at home with use of a library card.

All test scores are immediate, instantly giving feedback on areas that could use a little brushing up on, Harkness said.

"(It's) particularly helpful for hose who like to use a computer, but might be reluctant to study using a book," he said.

Visit www.prlib.org for more information, or to give the Learning Express Library a go.