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Prepare for college entrance exams on library database

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Are you planning to take the ACT, SAT, PSAT, or other college entrance exams this fall?

Your local public library offers an amazing electronic resource to help you prepare for these exams: Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC), one of 40 online databases available as a free service to library patrons through the HSPLS website.

TERC, provided by Gale Cengage Learning, is a comprehensive database that includes more than 300 practice tests and courses, and dozens of eBooks filled with valuable study material and practice tests.

To access TERC, visit www.librarieshawaii.org , click on “Books, Articles & Media,” then the “Online Databases” button, scroll down and select “Testing and Education Reference Center.”

You will need your valid HSPLS library card number and PIN (personal identification number, usually the last four digits of your home phone number) in order to access these subscription databases from outside an HSPLS library.

The Department of Education website doe.k12.hi.us/college_testingd…) lists upcoming fall 2012 test dates for all students; please visit the website in case there are date changes:

* Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) – Oct. 17 and 20. NOTE: Please contact the school for the date it will administer the PSAT.

* SAT and Subject Tests/Deadlines (midnight, EDT) – Oct. 6 (Sept. 7); Nov. 3 (Oct. 4); Dec. 1 (Nov. 1). NOTE: Not all schools are SAT testing centers for all of the testing dates. Please contact the schools in your area for testing dates.

* ACT/Registration Deadline – Oct. 27 (Sept. 21); Dec. 8 (Nov. 2). NOTE: not all schools are ACT testing centers for all of the testing dates. Please contact the schools in your area for testing dates.

Funding for these electronic services is provided by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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