Improving Your Students' Test Taking Skills

(Grades 2-12) / Semester Course

PDI Course Number: 30BXX / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41458


Course Description

Are you looking for strategies to help your students prepare for high-stakes testing? This online course focuses on strategies that improve students' test-taking skills. Teachers will learn how to effectively build students' problem-solving skills by boosting their comprehension using a variety of strategies such as test cues, word parts, and strategic guessing. Techniques for using mnemonics and other memorization techniques will be shared. Teachers will also explore a variety of test formats in order to better help students become test-wise. Specific test-taking strategies will be explored in an effort to help students improve their standardized test scores, causing them to feel more confident answering all types of questions including essay, multiple-choice, short answer, and even performance-based tasks. Finally, teachers will gain several time management techniques that are designed to help students make the most of the testing time frame. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content of this course is very comprehensive. All types of testing concerns were addressed and I became more aware of test "clues" even after many years of teaching." - Victoria Goodhue

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$199

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

$429

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UC San Diego.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.



Required Resource Book

This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List



UCSD Course Number: EDUC41458
Unit One
  • Introduction to Curriculum Standards
  • The History of Standardized Testing
  • An Introduction to Standardized Testing
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection
Unit Two
  • Growth Mindset
  • Metacognition and Problem Solving
  • Creating Effective and Engaged Lifelong Learners
  • Assignment #2: Develop a SEL activity
Unit Three
  • Time Management for Better Test Taking
  • Understanding Test Formats
  • Teaching Test Study Techniques
  • Assignment #3: Develop a practice quiz
Unit Four
  • Teaching Memorization Techniques
  • Teaching Guessing Techniques
  • Test Cues and Word Parts
  • Assignment #4: Develop a practice test that includes test cues
Unit Five
  • Success Strategies for Standardized Tests
  • Success Strategies for Essay Tests
  • Success Strategies for Objective Tests
  • Success Strategies for Performance-Based Tasks
  • Assignment #5: Design a practice essay exam
Unit Six
  • Sample Standardized Test Battery Categories and Questions
  • Preparation Activities
  • Preparing Students for High-Stakes Exams
  • Assignment #6: Create a test review activity
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)


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