HiSET: The New GED

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The GED (General Educational Development) exam has officially been replaced in Louisiana by the HiSET High School Equivalency Exam. This month, the Library is offering several HiSET-related programs, including informational sessions and study dates.

The first one is a Social Studies Preparation session this afternoon at 3:30 at the Eden Park Branch Library. Call (225) 231-3250 to register.

Here are the future dates and sessions at Eden Park:

Reading Preparation: Monday, May 12, 3:30 p.m.

Mathematics Preparation: Monday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.

Science Preparation: Tuesday, May 27, 3:30 p.m.

There are also two informational sessions about the HiSET scheduled at the Carver Branch Library on:

Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. and

Wednesday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

so stop by to find out what you need to know about the HiSET exam and how you can prepare for it. For more information, call (225) 389‑7450.

Our online learning database Learning Express has been upgraded to Learning Express 3.0 with HiSET test preparation now included. Access is free with your library card!

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Free SAT and ACT Practice Tests


**Update: This is for grades 9-12.**

Teens can take a free practice SAT test Saturday, January 4th, 9:30am-1:30pm and a free practice ACT test on Saturday, January 11th, 9:30 a.m-1:30p.m. This will be followed by a review session later when the scores are returned.

The  SAT practice test is offered at:
Bluebonnet Library. Call 763-2270 for more information.
The review session will be on Wednesday, January 15th, 6:00 p.m.

The ACT practice test is offered at:
Greenwell Springs Library. Call 274-4470 for more information.
The review session will be on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:00 p.m.

Zachary Library. Call 658-1870 for more information.
The review session will be on Thursday, January 22nd, 6:00 p.m.

Online Registration Required: Go to www.princetonreview.com (above Attend a Free Event in Your Area, click “ACT” or “SAT” in the “Choose Test” box and enter your zipcode.) Registration questions? Call Princeton Review at 1-800-273-8349

Arrive 15 minutes early and bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.


Looking for ACT or SAT resources? Try Learning Express for ACT or SAT courses, practice tests and eBooks. You can also search the library catalog for ACT study guides or SAT study guides.


Programming Challenge for Girls 2013


The LSU Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) and Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA) invites girls 9-10th grade to participate in a one-day educational experience. PC4G wants girls to experience the fun of programming, and engage them before they make their senior high school subject choices.  It’s designed to be:  Approachable, Fun, Educational, and Challenging!

Date:  December 7, 2013 (Saturday)

Location:   Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA
Digital Media Center, West Lakeshore Drive @ East Parker

                   Room #1034

Registration:  (FREE) Girls may sign up as either a team of two or individually, for which they will be assigned a team member. Grades 9th or 10th only; there is no need for any prior programming knowledge.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Scope:  Their goal is to engage ninth and tenth grade girls in computer science and introduce them to young women undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines. This event is a fun-filled chance to learn computer programming through storytelling.

To see an example of a past challenge, click here.

For more information, contact Kathy Traxler:  ktraxler (at) cct.lsu.edu or 225-279-2540 or visit the Programming Challenge for Girls 2013 event page.


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