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Take advantage of these free online and in-person college prep opportunities!


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Learning Express Library

Learning Centers offer the practice tests, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need for a wide variety of academic and licensing/certification practice tests. Plus, guides for finding, paying for, and attending college, military, or trade schools. A Library card is required to sign in.

If you’re a resident of, work in, or go to school in Farmington/Farmington Hills, you can apply online for a Library card! If you’re a resident of another city, check with your local library about a card – they have access to Learning Express Library too!


Resources Overview

A Quick Guide to Using Learning Express Library

Discover the tools, tips, and resources Learning Express Library has for everything from figuring out w”hat you want to do when you grow up” to getting a job – whether that’s part time in high school or full-time in the future.

Quick Links

Here’s a shortcut to some of the important topics, like finding a college or preparing for AP, SAT, ACT, or college admissions tests.


What Do You Want to Do?

Skills and Interests Matcher:

There are a lot of options for careers out there – how do you narrow them down to something you’d enjoy, or discover a career that suits you to a T? Take one of the quizzes linked on this page!

Explore Occupations:

Browse through careers sorted by topics like most in-demand, green economy, or STEM.

Choosing a Career:

Learn a little bit more about choosing a career, what careers of the future might look like, and making personal decisions to propel you along your career path.

Careers by Subject:

Have a general idea what you’d like to do? Browse careers arranged by topic to find something specific that suits you. Categories include business, culinary, education, government, public safety, technical, trade, technology, and more!


Getting into College

Discover Schools and Scholarships:

Find colleges and universities that offer the degree you’re interested in, and use the built-in tool to compare possibilities. Plus, the scholarship finder includes over 24,000 scholarships – find one that works for you!

Placement Test Prep:

Access practice tests and study guides for ACCUPLACER®, ASSET®, CLEP® tests, and more. Includes immediate scoring, answer explanations, and analysis of practice test results.

College Admissions Tests Prep:

Access practice tests and study guides for ACT®, SAT®, AP®, and more. Includes immediate scoring, answer explanations, and analysis of practice test results.

College Admissions Essays:

Personal essays can be the hardest part of college applications. Strengthen your technical and creative skills, and learn strategies to help your essay stand out.

Reading, Writing, Grammar, Math, and Science Review:

Need to brush up on some of your core subjects? Hoping to test out of freshman science? Access tutorials, practice sets, and ebooks on a variety of subjects.

College Success Skills:

College is an exciting time – you’re out on your own, meeting new people, learning things that matter, and buildng new skills. Get a head start on college success by brushing up on organization, time management, information literacy, and healthy habits.


College is Only One Path

Career Test Prep for High School Grads:

Going straight from high school to a career? Access practice tests and study guides for 14 dfferent career paths. Includes immediate scoring, answer explanations, and analysis of practice test results.

Career Test Prep for Skilled Trades:

Some careers require trade school, apprenticeship, or other training before getting your license. Access practice tests and study guides for 13 career paths. Includes immediate scoring, answer explanations, and analysis of practice test results.

Joining the Military:

Learn about the branches, responsibilities, and career choices in the U.S. military, and prep for entrance tests.


Getting – and Keeping – a Job

Resumes and Cover Letters:

Learn how to write a resume that showcases your skills, and a cover letter that stands out from the rest.

Prepare for an Interview:

Tips and techniques for interviewing with confidence, and tutorials on writing thank you, networking, and acceptance letters.

Finding Jobs and Internships:

How-to guides for job searching, and databases of available jobs and internships in the U.S. and Canada!

Workplace Skills:

Doing your job well isn’t just about what you do, but how you do it. Access tutorials to help you improve communication, teamwork, and time management skills.

Workplace Technical Skills Practice Tests:

WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that measures your “real-world” skills. See what you’re an ace at and what you have to improve to be career-ready! Includes detailed answer explanations and instant scoring.


In-Person Workshops and Online Webinars:

Revolution Prep webinar

Student-Athletes and the College Search

Online via Revolution Prep


Led by Jon Burke, former NCAA coach & athlete and Co- Director of College Counseling at Stevenson School, this presentation will cover the athletic recruiting process from start to finish, and how it differs from the traditional college application process.


Register to receive the webinar link.


Tuesday, May 10, 10:00 p.m.

Revolution Prep webinar

Study Skill Development for College Success

Online via Revolution Prep


Get insight into the study cycle and learn how students can improve subject-specific study skills.


Register to receive the webinar link.


Monday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.

Revolution Prep webinar

College Admisions Through the Jewish Lens

Online via Revolution Prep


This moderated panel with admissions representatives from the University of Southern California and the University of Miami will discuss what research to do and which questions to ask when creating a college list as a Jewish student.


Register to receive the webinar link.


Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 p.m.

Revolution Prep webinar

Student Mental Health Challenges and the Academic Impact

Online via Revolution Prep


Join Revolution Prep Faculty Director and Psychiatrist Audra Stanton, M.D. for a discussion about how COVID-19 has significantly impacted student mental health, signs that a student is over-stressed, and advice to better support students as they navigate this new world.


Register to receive the webinar link.


Wednesday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.

Revolution Prep webinar

Leverage Your Summer to Get a Head Start on Fall

Online via Revolution Prep


Summer is a great time to catch up and get ahead at your own pace. Discover ways to spend your summer that will best impact upcoming applications and academic challenges.


Register to receive the webinar link.


Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.

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College Apps Toolkit: What They Don’t Tell You About the SAT/ACT Math Section

In person at the Farmington Hills Branch


The SAT/ACT tests have become “optional” for many schools, but what does that really mean? Yash Mehta, one of our community’s SAT perfect-scorers, leads an interactive session explaining the importance of the Math section, with hands-on approaches to these confusing problems.


Masks are required.


Register to reserve your spot.


Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington Hills Branch – Conference Room A

Revolution Prep webinar

Self-Regulation for Learning: What It Really Takes to be Successful in the 21st Century

Online via Revolution Prep


Self-regulation is the mastering of our own emotions and actions. Renowned education author Richard M. Cash Ed D. presents his best practice principles for encouraging self- regulation in students so they are set up to succeed in the 21st century.


Register to receive the webinar link.


Tuesday, May 24, 8:00 p.m.

Revolution Prep webinar

Becoming an Independent Learner: University Readiness in 2022

Online via Revolution Prep


Gain insight into how to ignite student initiative and how to prepare them for managing their academic success at a college or university.


Register to receive the webinar link.


Tuesday, May 31, 7:00 p.m.

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