Education & Test Preparation

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The following Web Resources are not a part of the Library eResources, but are freely available on the Internet. The resources listed were selected by Thousand Oaks librarians because they provide valuable information and are useful for researching the subjects.

General Education Resources

ACT Student
The creator of the ACT offers many different forms of practice for the ACT including a guide, a complete practice test, online preparation, and an ACT question of the day emailing service.

California Driving Tests
Access to car, motorcycle, and commercial driver's license practice tests and online manuals in English and Spanish.

Collegeboard Online
Access to information on college application process, SAT Practice Tests and tools for college planning.

California Department of Education
Standards, testing, accountability, grants...

Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)
Education research indexed from 1966 to the present, abstracts and full-text articles.

Khan Academy
Comprehensive courses in all subjects for all levels of education, including test prep for ACT, PSAT, and SAT. Courses are taught by an instructor through a video.

National Center for Educational Statistics
A federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. 


Online Courses

Offers free courses on programming such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, jQuery, APIs, PHP and Python
An Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded project by the Public Library Association, to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training including videos and printable handouts. A great complimentary resource to the Learning @ Your Library series.

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

GCF provides free lessons and self-paced tutorials for MS office, reading, math, basic computer and Internet skills.

Khan Academy
A non-profit organization provides free education for anyone anywhere with an extensive video library covering K-12 math, science, biology, chemistry and physics. It also includes topics such as finance and history.

MIT Open Courseware
Access to free lecture notes, exams, and videos from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.

Tech Boomers
Free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life.

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid
Tips and information for college students and their families on many useful subjects. Developed under the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive federal grant opportunities in over 900 programs from 26 grant-making agencies.

Pay for College
Learn how to navigate the financial aid process with guidance on everything from filling out the FAFSA to identifying high priority scholarships.