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Library to offer free practice tests
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Residents preparing to tackle academic or career-orientated exams will soon have an opportunity to try their hand at free full-length practice tests thanks to a new service provided by the Newton County Library.

The library, which has partnered with LearningExpressLibraryTM (Learn A Test), will begin offering more than 700 up-to-date test preparation and skill-building resources April 1 to help both students and adults.

“Students who want to get a GED or prepare for the SAT and ACT and job seekers can benefit a great deal from taking these tests in advance instead of paying,” Lace Keaton, director of Newton County Library System said.

Those interested can stop by any county library location, the Covington, Porter Memorial or Newborn branches and log on to a computer to access a bevy of practice tests along with job-skills tutorials. Residents can also log in from home by going to, clicking on the Learning Express lightbulb and signing in using information provided on their library card. 

The Learn A Test system is a subscription the library obtained through the Porter Foundation grant and initiated by library officials who wanted to provide a service to locals who are struggling to find jobs or job training, said Keaton.

She also said there are  benefits of online study guides versus tangible ones found at the library. Residents will have access to study guides at any time versus previously having to wait until the book became available to check out. 

Career practice tests include: nursing, firefighter, police officer, paramedic, Allied Healthcare, U.S. Citizenship, postal worker, cosmetology, real estate agent broker exams and many more. Users also have the option of selecting from more than 130 e-Book titles to help learners of all ages prepare.

LearningExpress is a leading provider of print and online educational and professional resources used in more than 4,000 libraries and 5,000 schools and benefit more than one million students, teachers, administrators and career professionals around the country.