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This LibGuide will guide students in ways to build on and improve on their standardized test scores (such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT, etc.). The LibGuide will also guide parents & teachers in ways they can help students as well.

What is this LibGuide, how can it help me, and how do I use it?

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DISCLAIMER:   For the most up-to-date information, this LibGuide is always under construction.  Sites, links, and attachments will be added, changed, or deleted as necessary.   If you know of a helpful site that should be added to this LibGuide, please send Mrs. Frech (the Librarian) an e-mail at OR OR you can visit the 3rd floor to tell her.  Thanks...and the Padua Library hopes you find this LibGuide helpful.

You are most likely on this page because you are searching for information on how to improve your test scores.  This LibGuide was created to help you.

First off, I would locate the tab from this LibGuide that offers you the help you are seeking.  Do you want to know what print resources we have in this Library? Do you want to take a sample test? Do you want guided help from a website or database? No matter what the reason, this LibGuide will have some help to offer.  Locate the tab you need by clicking on the orange tabs at the top of the particular LibGuide.

Good luck!!!

Don't get stressed. Just be prepared!!

What are standardized tests?

standardized test is any form of test that (1) requires all test takers to answer the same questions, or a selection of questions from common bank of questions, in the same way, and that (2) is scored in a “standard” or consistent manner, which makes it possible to compare the relative performance of individual students or groups of students. 

In addition to the familiar multiple-choice format, standardized tests can include true-false questions, short-answer questions, essay questions, or a mix of question types. While standardized tests were traditionally presented on paper and completed using pencils, and many still are, they are increasingly being administered on computers connected to online programs. 

While standardized tests are a major source of debate in the United States, many test experts and educators consider them to a fair and objective method of assessing the academic achievement of students, mainly because the standardized format, coupled with computerized scoring, removes the potential for favoritism, bias, and subjective evaluations.

The following are a few representative examples of the most common forms of standardized test:  achievement tests, aptitude tests, college-admissions tests, international-comparison tests, psychological tests, and more. 

Click here to read more about testing as discussed in this article.

Hidden curriculum (2014, August 26). In S. Abbott (Ed.), The glossary of education reform. Retrieved from

You can do it!!!! (Motivation and Inspiration)

Do you need some inspiration to get you going or to keep you going? Then take a little break for some positive thinking!! Just stay calm and do whatever you need to do to make this happen:  plan, organize, prepare, hope, wish, pray, and then do your best (oh...and remember to sleep in between all that).  :)

Click on this link to read some motivational quotes!!

More Articles About Standardized Testing

Want to know a little bit more about standardized testing in general and about what people think of it? Check out some of these informative articles.

***Gale: Testing and Education Reference Center***


While there are many free and good resources out there, Gale Presents: Peterson's Test Prep is a quality database provided by the Padua Library to help our students succeed. It is **FREE** for Padua students to use.


A password is needed to get into any subscription database. Padua's PW's can be found on MyPad > Groups > Padua Library > Topics. See Mrs. Frech if you have any questions or issues.


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  • Go to the Peterson's site using the link above.
  • Login OR create a FREE account (follow directions right on the page).
  • Go to > Improve Your Score > College Prep > ACT (OR...your area of specific area of interest)...or...Improve Your Score > High School > AP. Etc.
  • Most test prep sites will provide an option of an Online Course, an E-book Guide, or Practice Tests. Select the one you would like. Most of our students find the Practice Tests very helpful.