Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The new version of Learning Express Library has added so much content, it is almost like a new resource. In addition to the practice exams from the previous edition, there are tutorials, videos and e-books for learning all sorts of skills.

It is organized into “Centers”:

  • Adult Learning: Math, grammar and writing improvement, citizenship.
  • College Prep: Entrance exams such as SAT, ACT, AP.
  • Career Center - vocational exams such as Civil Service, Commercial Driver’s License, Nursing Assistant, Postal Worker, Military, etc.
  • High School Equivalency Center: GED practice.
  • School Center: Math, English, and Social Studies skills practice tests and e-books for grades 4-12.
  • Computer Skills: Introduction to computers and Internet, Microsoft Office, computer graphics, animation, and illustration software.
  • Spanish Language Resources - content in Spanish.
  • Job & Career Accelerator: Creating resumes and cover letters, how to search for and apply for jobs, interview skills, choosing a career.

Patrons still need to create an account with a username and password to access Learning Express Library content, but now, in addition to saving your test progress, you can also save your resume, tutorials, e-books, and video courses in “My Center”.

E-books are not little pamphlets - they can be up to 400 pages. Unlike most library e-books, patrons can save them to a flash drive or print the whole document.

Practice tests now come in 3 modes:

  • Learner - View the answers as you go along to help you study.
  • Practice - Test is timed, but if you run out of time, you can keep going.
  • Simulation - You cannot advance after the timer has run out.

Patrons can review their answers and print off score reports. Learning Express will recommend other resources they can use to bolster their skills, depending on how they perform.

In the Computer skills Center, all tutorials are video tutorials. They are a combination of “talking heads” instruction and screencasts showing how the software works. If the browser they are using doesn’t allow pop-ups, patrons may need to make an exception for Learning Express Library.

This was a Minitex webinar. Minitex also does free on-site training by request:

--Andrea H. @Central

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