[Libs-Or] LearningExpress Library's College Prep Resources (AP Practice Exams, College Essay Prep, & More)

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Mar 7 13:33:47 PST 2012

While LearningExpress Library (LEL) has resources for fourth graders and up, this announcement focuses on resources for students in secondary schools.

Spring is the air, and that means Advanced Placement exams and college entrance essays are on some students’ minds. You can help take some of the pressure off by letting them know about the resources in LearningExpress Library’s College Preparation learning center.

LEL offers two AP practice exams each for biology, calculus, chemistry, English language & composition, English literature & composition, European history, U.S. government, and U.S. history.

There is also a section called College Admissions Preparation. Click on it to find six eBooks about college admissions essay preparation. (If essays were due already, there’s always next year.)

In addition, remember that the College Preparation learning center has eCourses, eTests, and eBooks designed to prepare students for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT. There are resources for all major test sections, including critical reading, math, writing – and science for ACT. Plus, some resources focus on study skills and strategies or vocabulary development.

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Recall that to access the resources on LEL, users must first create an account and then log in. Students determine their own user names and passwords because ultimately they are creating a personal space for storing tests, courses, or books they have taken or accessed.

This is how to create an account for LEL: (See the paragraph below about avoiding double accounts.)
Click on the LearningExpress link from your library’s website or from any Find Information page on OSLIS (or on OSLIS Lite).
At the bottom of the center column on the LEL homepage, click on Register, found under New Users.
Fill out the short form and click on Register.
(An email address is not required. However, you cannot receive password reminders if you do not include an email address.)
Note your user name and password for future reference.

Now that LearningExpress Library is also available in Oregon Career Information Systems (CIS), you’ll want to have students choose which way to access LEL. Why? Because the LEL account in CIS is associated with a user’s CIS portfolio login so is separate and distinct from any account the user creates via the LEL link on your library’s website or OSLIS. In other words, if a user creates a LearningExpress Library account via the link on your library’s website or on OSLIS, the results of any LearningExpress tests saved in that account cannot be accessed via the CIS account, and vice versa.

To access LEL via CIS, users log in to CIS, click on My Career Planning Portfolio at the top right of the page, create a portfolio or log in to their existing portfolio, and then click on My Learning Express (last option on page). After clicking on Continue, users will get right in to LEL without having to log in to it separately because the LEL account is connected to their existing CIS account. When they are done using LEL and log out, they will still be logged in to CIS.

Questions? Please ask.
Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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