College Prep Resources

Wherever you are in your college search, Arapahoe Libraries has resources to help you achieve your goals.

Resources available at every library include:

Test Preparation

Let's start with test prep. From beginning your study process to practicing before your exam, you might want to try an online testing resource to get a feel for how the tests may be administered.

  • Learning Express Library, opens a new window and Gale Courses, opens a new window can walk you through studying prep and let you take practice tests.          
    • You will find materials to study for the ACT, SAT, GED or GRE, and Learning Express Library even includes subject matter skill reviews and tutorials to help you write your college admissions essays.
  • Another great choice for help with your application essay is HelpNow, opens a new window where live tutors can work with you on your writing.
    • With help in multiple languages and a full writing lab, there's lots to explore including more online test prep, from the SAT and ACT to high school equivalency.

Books on College Preparation

Here are books and guides that can help you with everything from admissions to financial aid:

College Preparation

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Resources for college preparation including SAT and ACT study guides, information about scholarships and financial aid, and how to write application essays.

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Interested in finding ways to finance your college education? It is never too early to start the search for money for your education.

You can start as early as your freshman year of high school. Everything matters starting then: your grades, your involvement in class activities, clubs, sports and community.

Keep a Record of Your Activities

Use a notebook, three-ring binder or digital record to document your activities. Keep copies so you can add to each scholarship application.

Include these items in your record:

  • Resume, transcripts, AP classes, college classes
  • Honors, awards, recognitions
  • Club memberships and offices held
  • Sports and extracurricular activities
  • Community involvement and volunteer hours
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essays

Apply for Student Aid

The form for government grants and loans, also known as Federal Student Aid, is called a FAFSA application, opens a new window and should be filled out as soon as possible. It is best to get free money that does not have to be paid back first, then apply for scholarships.

Where to Look for Scholarships

Start your search for scholarships as close to home as possible. If you are in high school, check with your parents first.

  • What bank or credit union do they use?
  • Which utility company do they use?
  • Do their employers offer scholarships?
  • Do they belong to any clubs or organizations that may offer scholarships?


  • Xcel Energy
  • US Bank
  • Pinnacol Foundation
  • Elks Club

Online scholarship resources

Search these websites to help you get started and find more information:

Just remember to watch for deadlines. Good luck!

Books for College Readiness

Maybe you've already taken your tests and made it into a school. What next?

College Readiness: Life Skills

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You've got your admissions essay and test prep on lock, but what about some of the other questions? Try one of these reads if you're seeking a little extra guidance on your college journey.

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Career Paths

Looking to explore possible career paths to help guide your path into college or beyond it? Explore these eBooks on colleges and careers on OverDrive, opens a new window

Have Questions?

Contact us if you'd like more help!