March 21, 2013 - 09:33 — KerryConway

Applying to college has always been a stressful process for students. On top of choosing where to apply, filling out endless applications, and writing the perfect essay, students must face the dreaded entrance exams. The mention of three little initials is enough to send any high school student running in the opposite direction, but the Naperville Public Library has numerous resources available to ease your nerves and help you prepare for the SAT, ACT, and AP exams.

Entrance ExamsBook Resources
You may want to rethink any plans to cram the night before your exam. In addition to studying hard, the College Board recommends that you “become familiar and comfortable with the test format and question types.” To help with this, NPL has many available books on studying for entrance exams. The Official SAT Study Guide and The Real ACT Prep Guide are the two official books published by the makers of each respective test. Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Barron’s (among others) offer books to help you prepare for the ACT, SAT, and most AP tests as well. Some of the more popular titles are listed below. Our collection also includes amended editions of classic novels – such as War of the Worlds and Wuthering Heights – that identify and define SAT vocabulary words.

Beyond the BooksTest
NPL also subscribes to LearningExpress Library – an online resource that offers practice tests, courses, skill improvement programs, and more. LearningExpress Library can instantly score practice tests, give answer explanations, and help you improve your essay-writing skills.
Additionally, both ACT and the College Board offer free practice questions and helpful test-taking tips on their websites (http://www.actstudent.org/ and http://www.collegeboard.org/, respectively), as well as online courses. Another online source is Peterson’s, which offers test prep, in addition to other application resources.

Recommended Resources

Princeton Review
-Cracking the ACT
-Crash Course for the ACT: The Last-Minute Guide to Scoring High
-Cracking the SAT
-11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT

Kaplan
-Kaplan ACT Premier 2012
-ACT Strategies for Super Busy Students: 15 Simple Steps to Tackle the ACT While Keeping Your Life Together
-ACT: Strategies, Practice, and Review
-SAT Strategies for Super Busy Students: 10 Simples Steps to Tackle the SAT While Keeping Your Life Together
-12 Practice Tests for the SAT

Barron’s
-Barron’s ACT
-Pass Key to the ACT
-Barron’s SAT
-Barron’s Pass Key to the SAT

Others
-Words for Smart Test-Takers: SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT
-The Official Study Guide for all SAT Subject Tests (College Board)
-SAT DVD Resources