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PrepSTEP: Help


PrepSTEP can assist with:

developing academic skills
preparing for placement and vocational tests
reviewing English, math and science skills
researching career options

Funding provided by the CARES Act.

What is PrepSTEP?

Need a refresher in math or grammar?
Want to prepare for a placement test?
Looking to explore career options?

PrepSTEP is a comprehensive online tool you can use to improve academic skills, increase scores on placement tests, prepare for standardized occupational exams and build professional skills for the workplace.

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Accessing & Registering

Creating a personal account allows you to save your work in progress, store score reports, and revisit any practice tests, tutorials, or eBooks. Just follow these steps:

1. Click “Sign In / Register”
2. Select “Register” below New User
3. Complete “New User Registration” form

screen snips of accessing and registering

PrepSTEP Learning Centers

PrepSTEP is comprised of Learning Centers which contain online tutorials, practice tests, eBooks and articles to help you achieve academic success and workplace readiness. Topics in the Learning Centers include:

Admissions Test Prep
Basic Computer Skills
Placement Tests
Career Preparation
English Skills
Adult Core Skills
High School Equivalency Center
College Students
Math & Science Skills
Social Studies Skills
Success Skills
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Searching PrepSTEP

Just enter a couple of keywords in the search box; toggle the checks in the boxes below to filter by filter by the type of material you would like to explore.

search box and filters


Interactive tutorials on numerous topics will allow you to work through a topic at your own pace. Start with a pretest, then navigate through the interactive content, and finish with a post-test to check your new skills. You can focus on the sections you need, save your progress and continue at a later time, and repeat as needed.

Practice Tests

Practice tests are based on real exams; they will help you gain confidence and knowledge regarding the type of material you need to know to succeed on real exams. You can take most tests in one of three modes:

Learner mode allows you to view the answers to test questions as you go along, to help you study.

Practice mode displays the time allotted for that test, but if the timer runs out you are not prevented from completing the test. The timer is only intended to help you pace yourself in preparation for real testing situations.

Simulation mode simulates an actual testing environment and is only available for practice tests that are based on official tests. If you select Simulation mode, you will not be able to continue taking a test when the time is up.

eBooks & Articles

Each Learning Center includes PDF files of eBooks and articles that you can download to your computer, your smart phone, or a tablet to read at a later time. To download an eBook or article, simply click or tap the download button.

download ebooks and articles


MyCenter is a secure and personalized area that stores all the LearningExpress resources you have used, along with your progress and test results. Watch the video guide to learn how to navigate your MyCenter dashboard.

Need help using PrepSTEP?

Connect with a librarian! Our chat service is typically available during regular business hours.


We can also be reached through email. Send your questions to
Questions will be answered within 24 hours, Monday - Friday.

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