Friday, August 29, 2014 · 6:24 p.m.

ACT and SAT test prep now available through Tennessee Electronic Library

Study guides and practice tests aim to improve students' scores

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The Tennessee Electronic Library is now offering an online collection of study guides, practice tests and more to help high school students improve their ACT and SAT scores.

TEL is an online library funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

"Success in education and in life begins with proper preparation, which is key for young students to understand," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "The free resources available through TEL show students what to expect and how to prepare for the academic challenges ahead."

The next SAT test will be offered Jan. 29, and the next ACT test will be Feb. 11.

The test prep resources in TEL are from the Learning Express Library, an online collection of study guides, practice tests and math and reading improvement courses. The courses are timed and structured to simulate actual test-taking experiences with instant grading results. Test-takers receive personalized recommendations for free e-books and online courses to aid in their future study needs.

The Learning Express Library has more than 1,000 online interactive practice exams and course series, plus more than 200 e-books.

"The chance to practice such an important exam is very helpful," TEL coordinator Wendy Cornelisen said. "It gives students an idea of what their test day will be like and hopefully lessens any test anxiety they might have."

TEL is free for everyone in Tennessee and provides the tools needed to prepare for a variety of exams. To use the test prep resources in TEL, go here and click "Test Prep" to create a free account. TEL is available from any Internet connection in Tennessee, including smartphones and computers at public libraries throughout the state. 

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