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Academic Package 1 Practice Test Package

Academic Package 1

Peterson’s Online Course for the ACT

Peterson’s Online Course for the ACT* prepares college-bound students for test day with expert guidance that builds both skills and confidence in the areas where students most need help. It is also stocked with essential subject-specific and general test-taking strategies. And the best part? The ACT course is completely personalized to each student, based on the results of a pretest.

Here's how it works:

• An initial diagnostic pre-test determines the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
• Based on pre-test results, a personalized study plan is created for the student. The study plan includes lessons that target exactly what the student needs and skips those that are not needed.
• Short, medium, and full-length options enable the student to get the most out of the course - no matter how close it is to test day.
• Interactive games and activities help build ACT Math, English, Reading, Science, and Writing skills the fun way.
• 400 electronic vocabulary flashcards increase ACT word power.
• 3 full-length practice tests allow the student to apply learning, gauge progress, and get more practice for test day.

*ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

Peterson’s Online Course for the SAT

Peterson's Online Course for the SAT* is the first online test preparation solution to deliver a unique, personalized curriculum for every student. The course combines intensive skill-building exercises with cutting-edge technology to facilitate the SAT preparation process like never before. A powerful online interface and industry-leading content from the test prep experts at Peterson's make the course both simple and effective.

• Skill-based diagnostic pre-test

• Individualized study plan based on diagnostic pre-test results

• More than 30 hours of instruction—short, medium, and full-length options help students get the most out of the course no matter how much time they have to prepare

• Over 2000 practice questions, with an in-depth explanation for each question

• Administrator controlled reporting at all levels – district, school, class, student—to track student progress and performance

• Provides lessons specific to every skill, including:

• Question types (sentence completion, critical reading, problem solving, grid-ins, etc.)

• Proven test-taking strategies (working backwards, plugging in numbers, word problems, eliminating choices, etc.)

• Overall Strategy (pacing, scoring)

• Remedial (review key concepts); Challenge (toughest questions)

• Stress reduction – emotional reality of the day

An exceptional alternative to expensive classes or private tutoring, Peterson's Online Course for the SAT provides a greater range of content than ever imagined through material derived from more than 40 years of experience in helping students meet their score goals. It's a comprehensive solution to the age-old question of how to prepare for what is quite possibly the most important and intimidating entrance exam of all - the SAT.

*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

ACT WorkKeys-Reading for Information

The ACT WorkKeys exams are a way of measuring "real world" skills that are critical to job success. The Reading for Information assessment is useful to help job applicants measure their skills with reading and using written texts like memos, lists, directions, regulations, and signs. The ACT WorkKeys: Reading for Information exam contains 33 multiple-choice questions, with different difficulty levels, to be answered in 45 minutes. After finishing each practice test, you will be able to view complete explanations for each question, and see a report on your score. Use these practice tests to figure out your strengths and weaknesses and to prepare for test day (includes three full-length practice tests).

ACT WorkKeys-Applied Mathematics

The ACT WorkKeys exams are a way of measuring "real world" skills that are critical to job success. The Applied Mathematics assessment is useful to help job applicants measure their mathematics skills. The ACT WorkKeys: Applied Mathematics exam contains 33 multiple-choice questions, with different difficulty levels, to be answered in 45 minutes. You may use a calculator on this test, and an Information Sheet, containing useful formulas, is available to you. After finishing each practice test, you will be able to view complete explanations for each question, and see a report on your score. Use these practice tests to figure out your strengths and weaknesses, and to prepare for test day. Includes three full-length practice tests.

ACT

The ACT* is a standardized test used for college admissions. It measures knowledge and skills in English, mathematics, reading, science reasoning, and writing (an optional section).

Peterson’s Practice Tests for the ACT provide several full-length timed tests. Content, structure, and level of difficulty are typical of the real ACT. Questions are designed to simulate actual test questions, and detailed explanations are provided for all questions. An Overview details the organization of the test, tips and strategies for success, test scoring information, and links to the exam-provider for registration and additional information.

Features:

• Full-length tests written by experts
• Explanations given for all questions
• Full score reported. Score is scaled according to number of correct answers.
• Self-scored essay provides sample high and low scoring essays to assist the user in determining their score, and addresses what constitutes an appropriate score.
• 490 vocabulary flashcards

*ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB, sponsored by the Department of Defense, is a three-hour, multi-aptitude, multiple-choice exam battery. Your ASVAB results provide scores for each of the individual ten subjects tested, as well as three academic composite scores; Verbal, Math, and Academic Ability; and two career exploration composite scores. While the ASVAB is best known for its use in the military recruitment process, it is a useful tool for all students as it measures the test taker’s aptitude for various careers.

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP*) offers you an opportunity to show a college admissions officer, or a prospective employer, or just yourself, what you know in a variety of subject areas. Some employers in business, industry, professional groups, and government use the results of CLEP examinations to assess a potential employee's educational level, regardless of the credits listed on his resume. Many college admissions officers use CLEP scores to determine where to place college applicants in their traditional four-year programs. All CLEP tests measure broad-based knowledge of material usually covered in the first 2 years of college.

• College Composition
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Social Sciences and History
• The Humanities

CLEP Online Practice Tests include:

• 3 full-length practice tests
• Content and level of difficulty just like the real thing
• Questions designed to simulate actual test questions -- All question types are featured
• Easy-to-use online interface
• Log off and log on again to where you left off at any time

*CLEP is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board.

DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

The DSST* (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) offers you an opportunity to show a college admissions officer, a prospective employer, or just yourself, what you know in a variety of subject areas the same way as the CLEP (College Level Exam Program) does. Each DSST exam is ACE (American Council on Education) approved for three college level credits in the appropriate subject areas and accepted at over 2000 colleges and universities nationwide.

The specific subjects available for DSST Online Practice Tests are listed below. All DSST tests measure specific knowledge of material that is usually covered in the first 2 years of college.

• Substance Abuse
• Ethics in America
• Here’s to Your Health
• Introduction to Computing
• Principles of Public Speaking

DSST Online Practice Tests include:

• 3 full-length practice tests
• Content and level of difficulty just like the real thing
• Questions designed to simulate actual test questions -- All question types are featured
• Easy-to-use online interface
• Log off and log on again to where you left off at any time

* DSST is a registered trademark of Prometric.

GED

The General Education Development (GED) exam provides people who are over age 16 with the opportunity to earn a certificate or diploma that is widely recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma. There are a total of five tests that you must pass before you can earn your GED.

Language Arts -Writing: (50 multiple-choice questions, one essay) You will be asked to answer multiple-choice questions in which you must identify errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics (of writing), and organization. The essay portion is a writing exercise to determine how well you write.

Social Studies: (50 multiple-choice questions) Multiple-choice questions are drawn from history, economics, geography, civics, and government and test your understanding of the basic principles in each area by asking you to interpret reading passages, cartoons, graphs, and charts.

Science: (50 multiple-choice questions) Multiple-choice questions are drawn from the fields of life science, earth and space science, and physical science (chemistry and physics). To answer the questions, you will need a combination of excellent reading skills, specific knowledge, and the ability to interpret scientific data.

Language Arts - Reading: (40 multiple-choice questions) Multiple-choice questions test your ability to understand information in approximately seven excerpts from sources such as newspapers, magazines, novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and business or legal documents.

Mathematics: (50 multiple-choice questions) The exam includes a substantial number of algebra, measurement, and geometry questions, as well as some number theory, data analysis, and probability. Most questions are presented as word problems and involve real-life situations or ask you to interpret information presented in graphs, charts, tables, and diagrams. Part I of the exam allows you to use a calculator; Part II does not.

The GED Online Practice Tests contain an overview of the GED test and three full-length practice tests.

PSAT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests PSAT* is a standardized test used to determine qualifiers for the National Merit Scholarship program. The test measures to measure critical reading, mathematical, and writing abilities; and serves as preparation for the SAT.

Peterson’s Practice Test for the PSAT provides one full-length timed tests. Content, structure, and level of difficulty are typical of the real PSAT. Questions are designed to simulate actual test questions, and detailed explanations are provided for all questions. An Overview details the organization of the test, tips and strategies for success, test scoring information, and links to the exam-provider for registration and additional information.

Features:

• A full-length test written by experts
• Explanations given for all questions
• Full score reported. Score is scaled according to number of correct answers.

*PSAT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

SAT

The SAT* is a standardized test used in college admissions. Colleges use the SAT to measure critical reading, mathematical, and writing abilities and to assess an applicant's readiness for college.

Peterson’s Practice Tests for the SAT provide several full-length timed tests. Content, structure, and level of difficulty are typical of the real SAT. Questions are designed to simulate actual test questions, and detailed explanations are provided for all questions. An Overview details the organization of the test, tips and strategies for success, test scoring information, and links to the exam-provider for registration and additional information.

Features:

• Full-length tests written by experts
• Explanations given for all questions
• Full score reported. Score is scaled according to number of correct answers.
• Self-scored essay provides sample high and low scoring essays to assist the user in determining their score, and addresses what constitutes an appropriate score.
• 490 vocabulary flashcards

*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

TOEFL

Each year, more than half a million students take the TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language, so that they may attend college in the U.S. The TOEFL is the most accepted English-language test in the world, accepted by over 6,000 institutions. The TOEFL is used by colleges and universities to help make admissions, scholarship, and graduation decisions.

Peterson’s TOEFL Products:

• Practice Sets for the TOEFL Reading Comprehension
• Practice Sets for the TOEFL Vocabulary
• Practice Sets for the TOEFL Grammar and Writing

TOEFL Online Practice Sets include:

• Easy-to-use online interface
• Log off and log on again to where you left off at any time

Academic Skills Question Banks:

• Math, Grades 6-8, 9-12
• Reading, Grades 6-8, 9-12
• Writing, Grades 6-8, 9-12
• Science, Grades 9-12

Question banks to practice basic skills in the following categories: Math, Reading, Writing, and Science. Detailed explanation for each question. Each topic contains several question sets.