Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

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Subject Guide: Test Preparation

The subject guide to Test Preparation provides information on resources available from the Alvin Sherman Library, both in the library and online, related to test preparation for various types of tests, including academic, certification, licensing, civil service, career, and citizenship tests. The subject guide covers subject headings, reference sources, books, online tutorials, and Web sites.


Subject Headings Books Web Sites
Reference Sources Online Tutorials & Practice Exams  

Subject Headings

You can find books and other materials in the library by searching NovaCat, the NSU Libraries online catalog. How to search NovaCat. To locate books and materials at other libraries, see Catalogs.

Suggested Library of Congress (LC) subject headings include:

Study guides Advanced placement programs
Examinations -- study guides College entrance achievement tests
Examinations, questions, etc. Entrance examinations
Test-taking skills Universities And Colleges -- Entrance Examinations
Also search name of test, for example:
  ACT Assessment
  National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
  Scholastic Aptitude Test
Also search Study guides as a subheading, for example:
   name of test -- Study guides
   Scholastic Aptitude Test -- Study guides
Also search Examinations as a subheading, for example:
   career, job title, field or specialty -- Examinations
   Audiology -- Examinations -- Study guides.
Also search Examinations, questions, etc. as a subheading, for example:
   career, job title, field or specialty -- Examinations, questions
   Postal service -- United States -- Examinations, questions, etc.

LC call numbers:

LC call numbers vary based on the subject area(s) covered by the particular test/exam.

Dewey call numbers:

Dewey call numbers vary based on the subject area(s) covered by the particular test/exam.

Reference Sources

Study Guides

Title & Author Location & Call Number
Study Guide For The Florida Teacher Certification Examination [various subjects and grade levels]. View complete list.
By State Of Florida, Department Of Education.
Main Ready Reference
Request at Reference Desk, 2nd floor
The best test preparation for the FTCE : Florida Teacher Certification Examination : professional education test.
By Julienne H. Empric [et al.]. Research & Education Association, c2000.

Main Reference
LB1763.F6 B47 2000

Main Circulating
LB1763.F6 B47 2000


Optional subheading: Subcategories for Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, atlases, almanacs, statistical sources, etc.

Title  Location & Call Number



E-books or electronic books may be accessed via NovaCat or from the netLibrary database.

Entries for electronic books in NovaCat will have the eBook icon eBook icon.

"Ace" Any Test
By Ronald W. Fry. The Career Press, 2000.
Passing Exams Without Anxiety : How to Get Organised, Be Prepared and Feel Confident of Success.
By David Acres. How To Books, Ltd., 1998.
The Great Big Book of How to Study.
By Ronald W. Fry. The Career Press, 1999.

You Can Do It! : A Guide for the Adult Learner and Anyone Going Back to School Mid-career.
By Harry G. Turner. Silver Lake Publishing, 1997.

Up Your Grades : Proven Strategies for Academic Success.
By Ann Hunt Tufariello. NTC Contemporary, 1997.

Circulating Books

Circulating books may be checked out by visiting the library. Distance students may also request books via Document Delivery.

General Study and Test Taking Skills

Title Location

College study skills : becoming a strategic learner, 2nd ed.
By Dianna L. Van Blerkom. Wadsworth Pub. Co., c1997.

Main Circulating
LB2395 .V36 1997
Get ready! for standardized tests.
McGraw-Hill, c2000.

Main Circulating
LB3060.22 .G48 2000

Main Juvenile, 1st floor
372.126 GET

Main Juvenile Reference, 1st floor
J REF 372.126 GET

How to do your best on tests, rev. ed.
By Sara Dulaney Gilbert. Morrow Junior Books, c1998.

Main Juvenile 1st Floor
J 371.26 GILBERT
Learning power, 2nd ed.
By Cynthia and Drew Johnson. Simon & Schuster, c2001.
Main Circulating
LB1049 .J59 2001
The secrets of taking any test, 2nd ed.
By Judith N. Meyers. LearningExpress, c2000.
Main Circulating
LB3060.57 .M49 2000
Study! : a guide to effective learning, revision and examination techniques, 2nd ed.
By Robert Barrass. Routledge, 2002.
Main Circulating
LB2395 .B33 2002
What you need to know about developing your test-taking skills, reading comprehension.
By Robert S. Boone. VGM Career Horizons, c1996.
Main Circulating
LB1050.45 .B66 1996

Study Guides for Specific Tests

There are numerous study guides available for various tests. Search NovaCat by the name of the test for details of current offerings. Or click on the links below for NovaCat results. Additional test information can be located by searching on the job title, field or specialty. Also see Subject Headings for additional information.

ACT Assessment

Advanced Placement Programs Examinations

DAT - Dental Admission Test

FCAT - Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test

FTCE - Florida Teacher Certification Examination Study Guides

Florida Real Estate Examination

GED - General educational development tests (High school equivalency exam)

GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test

GRE - Graduate Record Examination

LSAT - Law School Admission Test

MCAT - Medical College Admission Test

PCAT - Pharmacy College Admission Test

SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test

SAT I and SAT II - Scholastic Assessment Test

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

Online Tutorials & Practice Exams

The Alvin Sherman Library offers test preparation through several online resources. To access the following, log in via the databases section.

LearnATest -
LearnATest provides online practice exams and tutorials for various academic, career, certification, civil service and citizenship exams. It also includes general resources for test preparation and skill-building practice. Registration required. More info (including complete list of tests covered).
Exam Master Online - Exam Master Corp.
Practice tests for the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam Steps 1, 2, and 3. Delivers feedback on user performance. Offers access to 17,000 questions, some accompanied by multimedia content, and explanations. Registration required. Available only to NSU students.
Testing & Education Reference Center - Gale Group/InfoTrac
Provides detailed information on colleges, universities, private secondary schools, specialty programs, and scholarships. Test preparation section provides practice tests and test preparation materials for numerous academic, civil service, and licensing tests. Individual registration required for test prep and scholarship search.

Web Sites

Many useful information resources are available on the Internet. But, remember to evaluate any Web site before using it for research.

Study Guides & Strategies
Extensive guide covers study skills, general academic and test preparation. Includes sections on preparing to learn, studying, classroom participation, reading skills, preparing for tests, taking tests, writing basics, math & science, and something called Webtruth. Maintained by Joe Landsberger.

The Princeton Review: College Admissions Tests
Fee-based and free resources for various tests including SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, and AP Exams. Try the free "Practice Tools" section. Other pages include general information on other tests. Maintained by The Princeton Review.

College Board
The College Board provides the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement Program(AP). This site provides detailed information about tests and programs, as well as online test registration. SAT Preparation Center includes practice questions with detailed explanations, sample essays, a full printable practice test with answers.

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