Guide Learners & Career Seekers to Their Next Milestone

Provide an accessible solution that will help students and working adults accomplish their education and career goals. Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep is an online learning resource that offers a central hub for standardized test prep, college planning, career assessment, job searches, and more. 

Test prep resources help users prepare for a variety of standardized exams, including college entry exams like the SAT and ACT, and vocational exams in industries like law enforcement, journeyman, cosmetology, as well as U.S. citizenship. Students can find college planning tools, including a school search and a scholarship search. Job seekers can take advantage of career exploration tools including career assessments, advice, help creating resumés and cover letters, and a job search engine. Plus, learners can find additional materials to brush up on foundational skills in math and science, reading and writing, and computer technology to support their future endeavors.

  • Platform Features and Functionality
    • User-Friendly Experience: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep offers multiple browsing options, allowing users to search for specific content or scroll through the home page to discover resources tailored to their needs. 
    • Spanish-Language Accessibility: Users can toggle between English and Spanish to experience the resource in their preferred language, catering to the needs of more diverse audiences.
    • Goal-Setting: The goal-setting feature allows users to set academic and career goals, save relevant resources, and track their progress. By guiding users through objectives tied to their goals, this feature keeps learners organized and focused on their outcomes.

  • Test Prep

    Offer exam prep for many key exams taken by high school students, undergrads, graduates, and professional learners—including vocational and career-focused exams.

    Exam prep resources include practice tests, courses, and interactive lessons for users to learn and test their knowledge. Learners can use flashcards to memorize concepts, videos to refresh their understanding of specific subjects, and full-length test prep eBooks to explore on or offline. Practice exams are timed and automatically graded for review. While essay responses are not graded, once users submit their essays, they’ll see examples of high-scoring responses and explanations. 

    Test prep content is included to support all types of learners:

    • Foundational Skills: Help students and adults brush up on academic skills with interactive tutorials and quizzes in math and science, reading and writing, and computer skills.
    • High School: Advanced Placement (AP), High School Equivalency, STEM
    • College Entrance:
      • Undergraduate: ACT, CLEP, DSST, SAT
      • Graduate School: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT
    • Vocational: Help job seekers prepare for certification, credentialing, and licensing exams from more than 15 career categories.
      • Accountant/Auditor
      • ACT WorkKeys 
      • American Foreign Service Officer
      • Aviation and Transportation 
      • Clerical 
      • Cosmetology
      • Firefighter 
      • Hospitality
      • Information Technology 
      • Journeyman Exam Prep
      • Law Enforcement Careers
      • Medical/Nursing 
      • Military
      • Postal 
      • Real Estate
      • Social Work 
      • Teaching
    • International: 
      • U.S. Citizenship
      • English as a Foreign Language: TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS
  • College Planning
    • School Search: Users can search nearly 4,200 accredited schools to find the perfect fit. Search criteria include location, area of study, admission requirements, school size, tuition, and more so prospective students can define their priorities and create a customized list of potential colleges.
    • Scholarship Search: Users can easily find awards and grants to help cut college costs. The scholarship search includes an award description, monetary value, application requirements, deadlines, and contact information for an in-depth look at potential scholarships. 
    • Financial Aid Tools: Students can take a financial aid quiz focused on testing their knowledge about key financial aid descriptions, options, and requirements.
  • Career Exploration
    • Assessments: Help students and adults in the workforce discover their ideal career path with a personalized career survey that uncovers occupations that align with their strengths and interests. Once users complete the assessment, they’re given character traits based on the “Holland Codes,” a widely respected system used by the U.S. Department of Labor to help categorize career paths. 
    • Career Advice: Users can explore an extensive library of articles, blogs, and tip sheets offering insight from HR and career-related experts covering topics like interviewing and networking; transitioning out of the military; making a career change; salary negotiations; working for the Fed, State, or local governments; benefits of temping; overseas jobs; and more.
    • Online Resumé, Cover Letter, and Personal Website: Users can easily create a standout resumé for their job or internship search with the resumé tool, which offers sample content for entry-, mid-, and senior-level positions across various industries. Users can upload existing resumés in Word, PDF, or PPT, or import their LinkedIn profiles. For those starting from scratch, the tool provides over 20 customizable templates, with options to adjust sections, colors, and fonts. Once finished, users can share or download their resumé, cover letter, or website. 
    • Job Search: Powered by the U.S. Department of Labor and Indeed, job seekers can search for specific roles based on geography and apply on the platform. The job board is broken into government and nongovernment for precise discovery. 

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Hear from Librarians

“We’ve been offering Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep for several years now and we’ve had many patrons report significant score improvements on graduate and professional program entrance tests such as the LSAT and MCAT. This resource has truly been a game-changer for our library. It provides a digital alternative to our paper-based test prep resources, which are in high demand, particularly for military aptitude tests.”
Suzy Murray, e-resources librarian at Sacramento Public Library 


“The thing I like best about Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep is that it has up-to-date practice eBooks for a wide variety of tests. To provide all of these up-to-date eBooks in print would be very expensive and time-consuming for staff. We love that we have a tool so our customers can access these types of materials from their own homes, 24/7. Whether our customers are looking to improve SAT scores or studying to be a nurse, Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep can help. The tools and features used most by my customers are the career tools (advice, resumé help, etc.) and test prep and practice tests (SATs, LSATs, Praxis, ASVAB, etc.). We’ve had a lot of success with the amount of use the product gets. So far in 2023, our customers have logged in over sixteen thousand times. I would advise other libraries who are considering Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep that it really is a very comprehensive product that can help such a wide variety of learners and job seekers. It’s very easy to use and the information is very up-to-date.”
– Danielle Stanley, electronic resources manager, Phoenix Public Library 

Read Reviews from the Media

School Library Journal
SLJ Reviews Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep Database
By Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
“Clean, thoughtful navigation makes it easy to immediately tap into big goals and test prep, or emerge from a session with a targeted list of colleges and scholarship application info or a smart-looking resumé, interview tips, and job leads. Post-high school potential includes graduate school, law, veterinary, and medical school applicants, veterans, and those taking the U.S. citizenship exam. Useful for all high schools, colleges, and public libraries, especially for self-paced and motivated students, and to supplement the insights of college and career counselors.”
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Spotlight on Reference: Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep
“Gale has partnered with Peterson’s to provide a centralized, one-stop website of college and career readiness test preparation and career/college exploration … Navigation and searching are intuitive. The videos are close-captioned, and users can bookmark resources and view their progress. Tech support is available. The website is also available in Spanish. Overall, a good selection for career- and test-prep collections.”
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Overall Career Prep Solution of the Year
EdTech Breakthrough Award in Career Development & Preparation

Best College & Career Readiness Solution
Education Technology Finalist
2024 SIIA CODiE Awards 

Cool Tool Finalist: Career Planning Solution and College Prep Solution 
2024 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Awards

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