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Testing and Education Reference Center

Wait, what?  Why am I posting about standardized tests in July?

I don’t want to be lame and lecture anyone on their vacation, but for some reason, it seems to be in the air lately.  I’ve noticed a ton of folks looking for study guides in the Job and Career Education Center.  Just yesterday I saw about ten people walk out with one, and for at least one test, every single book in the building is currently checked out.

If this ever happens to you and you can’t wait for a request to come in, don’t panic!  Odds are, we can still get you access to an online version of the book, along with practice tests and other study aids.  Go to http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/jobsedu/databases.html and scroll down to “Testing and Education Reference Center.”  Then, if you’re in a library, click “Library Access,” otherwise click “Remote Access” and enter your library card number.  (While TERC might look like any other website, it’s a private database that the library subscribes to so our cardholders can have access to it.  So you have to go through all these steps to prove you’re allowed in.)

You’ll have to create an account, which TERC mostly uses to keep track of practice test scores and things like that.  This should be a quick and painless process.  Once you’re in, you can either browse for your test by hovering over the category buttons (high school tools, college prep tools, etc), or you can just enter the name of your test into the search box in the upper right.

Okay, that’s probably more than you really wanted to know about standardized tests at this exact moment.  But just in case you’re still listening and you have any questions, you can visit or call the JCEC in Oakland, or your local branch.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled summer…

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