Learning & Exam Preparation

Please note is available in select libraries; is available in all libraries; is also available outside the library with your card; and is freely available online.

Learning Express Library

  

Learn new skills or prepare for exams of all kinds in one of the many learning centers:

  • Adult Learning Center - Improve your basic skills in math, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar, or prepare to become a U.S. citizen.
  • Career Center - Learn about careers, prepare for entrance and occupational exams, like the civil service or ASVAB, or even the TOEIC if you're an English language learner.
  • Popular Software Tutorials - Expand your skills and claim some self-study time with common computer software from Adobe and Microsoft.
  • School Center - Find extra lessons and practice exams for elementary, middle and high school students on topics ranging from reading comprehension to trigonometry.
  • High School Equivalency Center - Build your basic skills and prepare for the GED test.
  • College Prep Center - Study up before you take standardized tests for college such as PSAT/NMSQT, AP Exams, SAT and ACT.
  • College Center - Strengthen your academic skills in science, grammar and writing, reading, or math; and prepare for placement tests and graduate entrance exams.
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Mouse Tutorial

Practice using a computer mouse. No experience required. Also, available in Spanish.

Practice using a computer mouse. No experience required. Also, available in Spanish.

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Microsoft Imagine Academy

Learn anything from computer basics and Word, Excel or PowerPoint to Microsoft server technician coursework; even prepare for certification exams.


This resource is intended for Washington State residents only. To access this resource you will need:

  • A personal, Microsoft email account, such as one you use for OneDrive, Xbox Live, Outlook.com, Hotmail, or other Microsoft Services. You can create a Microsoft email, or you can use a compatible address you already have.
  • A compatible computer with internet access. Watch a getting started video. (Courses are best viewed in Internet Explorer.)
  • A Microsoft account. Here's how to get one.
  • An access code, which you may obtain by answering the following question:
    Are you a Washington State resident or FVRL cardholder?    

     

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brainHQ

  

Change your brain through fun, cognitive exercises and games.

Create a personal account with your email address and Library card, then log in regularly to track your progress, get feedback, and incrementally improve through the 5-minute exercises. Licensed for users 18 and older, or 15 and up with adult permission.

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Tech Boomers

Learn how to use a wide variety of popular websites and apps for social, entertainment, shopping, learning and more. Tutorials are aimed at the baby boomer generation.

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Privacy for Washington State citizens

Learn how to protect your privacy in the digital world. Review ten privacy tips, and read or listen to the privacy guide developed by Washington's Chief Privacy Officer.

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Coursera

Take courses from instructors at more than 60 universities--many of which are free or low cost. Topics include economics, genetics, foundations of teaching, chemistry, programming, arts and more.

Classes available in multiple languages.

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edX

Enroll in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by recognized universities and institutions from around the globe. Take a class in genetics or focus on a classic novel for several weeks.

The choices are plentiful.

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GCF LearnFree.org

Access online tutorials for computer basics, office software, job hunting skills, money management, social media, online security and more.

Find your specific area of interest under one of these headings: Technology Basics, Living in the Online World, Microsoft Office, Essential Skills, and Work & Career. Follow these links for practice using a mouse or to learn about email. Most tutorials also available in Spanish.

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Khan Academy

Watch tutorials online and practice a wide variety of life skills and academic subjects, from computer programming to printmaking or 3rd grade math to entrepreneurship.

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Little Pim

  

Have fun with languages! Children can start learning a second language before they can read a first one. Create an account in Little Pim and get started!

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duoLingo

Set up an account in your preferred language, then start learning a new one, whether you speak English and want to learn Swedish, or your first language is Spanish and you want to learn English.

(Translate the site into your first language using the menu in the upper right.)

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Driver Test Preparation

Take practice tests or study the driver handbooks for cars, motorcycles, or CDL licenses in Washington or any other state--all in one place!

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Washington CDL Exam Prep Videos

Watch or listen to this collection of videos to go through what you need to know to pass the commercial driver's license test. Great for people who learn better visually or aurally.

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Washington Driver License Exam Videos

Watch or listen to this collection of computerized voice narrated videos of the written driver's license test. Great for people who learn better visually or aurally.

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