For over 26 years, students have been maximizing their test-taking potential with Test Prep courses at SDSU's College of Extended Studies. You'll learn important strategies, expectations, and content information from the outstanding, full credentialed instructors from BTPS Testing. CBEST, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT test prep books and materials are included in the registration fee and are authored by BTPS Testing. Registration is available online, in person or via phone at (619) 594-5152.


SDSU offers a free-repeat policy for these classes.

Save your proof of initial registration and payment in order to take advantage of this policy. Re-registration is required before the class begins in order to ensure there is still space in the class you wish to repeat.

For assistance on how to re-register and additional information please email or call (619) 594-0845.

Schedule and Location of Classes
All Test Prep Sessions are on Saturdays, 9 am-3 pm in SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Centers, Hardy Avenue entrance, unless otherwise noted.

About Our Test Prep Instructors

CBEST Verbal | Adrian Rosen, MA, has been teaching test preparation classes with BTPS Testing for twenty years. He holds a BA from Thomas Edison College at Princeton and his MA in Teaching from The College of New Jersey. As a creator and author of standardized tests, he is uniquely qualified to teach students how to understand and correctly answer multiple choice questions. He has also developed a practical and effective system for teaching students how to score well on timed essays. Mr. Rosen specializes in helping students achieve their ‘personal best’ performance on a variety of undergraduate and graduate-school entrance exams, most notably the CBEST, SAT (Verbal and Math), the GRE exams.

GMAT/GRE/LSAT Verbal | Jerry Swovelin, MA, has been teaching test preparation classes at colleges and universities throughout California continuously since 1989. He also previously taught Psychology classes at the College level. Mr. Swovelin has extensive training and experience in the field of psychological testing, including earning multiple college degrees in Psychology and Sociology, culminating in his graduating Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Community/Clinical Psychology. Within the field of test preparation, Mr. Swovelin specializes in helping grad-school applicants achieve their ‘personal best’ performance on a variety of graduate-school entrance exams, most notably the GRE, the GMAT and the LSAT exams.

GMAT/GRE/LSAT Verbal/Writing | Barbara Swovelin spent most of her teaching career at Torrey Pines High School (1982 to 2014). She has both a BA and an MA in English, specializing in British Literature. Her professional experience includes teaching Honors classes 1985—2014; being the author of the Cliffs Notes AP English Language and Composition Guide, Cliffs Notes AP English Literature and Composition Guide and Cliffs Notes GRE General Test Guide (verbal reasoning section) which is used in the Test Prep courses at SDSU College of Extended Studies. She has been an experienced reader for ETS since 1998. Since 1984 she has been teaching graduate level entrance exams, particularly the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE, at colleges and universities throughout California. She is also a College Board Consultant, working both nationally and internationally.

GRE Math | Michael Brown earned his M.A. degree in Applied Mathematics from UCSD in 1984 and began teaching at San Diego Mesa College in 1986 where he regularly teaches the calculus sequence, linear algebra, differential equations and statistics. Professor Brown completed the M.S. degree at SDSU in statistics while teaching full-time at Mesa College. Professor Brown has a passion for teaching and learning and has written supplemental lecture material for all of his classes. For the past 18 months he has been teaching the math portion of the SDSU College of Extended Studies GRE prep courses and recently taught the mathematics portion of the Fundamentals of Engineering course at SDSU.


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2018 Summer
NC 0016 CBEST | California Basic Educational Skills Test Prep Sessions

Let our outstanding teachers give you the edge to pass this very important California state teacher’s exam! Our credentialed instructors provide you with expert in-class instruction, successful test-taking strategies, computer-assisted information, and practice testing by topic area. Test areas covered are: Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Essay Writing. Class instruction includes a review of problem solving skills and math concepts, as well as approaches to help you improve your reading comprehension and essay writing skills. The book included in the course fee is CliffsNotes TestPrep CBEST® preparation guide revised by authors of BTPS Testing.

Course Date(s)
June 2 - June 16
2018 Summer
NC 0028 GMAT | Graduate Management Admission Test Prep Sessions

Learn key skills and strategies to get the competitive edge on the GMAT. Workshops include a five-point learning advantage developed by the authors of CliffsNotes GMAT® that includes: (1) expert instruction - benefit from over 22 hours of in-class instruction with leading specialists in the field of test preparation; (2) assessment - learn to identify your strengths and target your weaknesses; (3) review - receive instruction about the GMAT content, subject areas, question types, test-taking strategies, scoring and computer-adaptive testing; (4) class materials - receive a comprehensive textbook with four practice tests, important in-class practice by topic, and online integrated reasoning practice; and (5) free repeat policy - repeat the prep class as often as necessary for extra subject-area review.

Topic areas covered on the GMAT are: math ability (problem solving and data sufficiency), reading comprehension, sentence correction, critical reasoning, integrated reasoning, and analytical essay writing assessment. The book included in the course fee is written by the faculty of BTPS Testing CliffsNotes TestPrep GMAT® with CD/ROM (2013).

Course Date(s)
May 19 - June 16
August 4 - August 25
2018 Spring
NC 0030 GRE | Graduate Record Exam Prep Sessions

Maximize your test-taking potential on the GRE. Classes provide you with over 20 hours of instruction including important in-class practice, take-home online computer practice testing and a free-repeat policy. Leading experts in the field of test preparation help you to review concepts and skills in the three subject areas on the GRE: (1) Quantitative Reasoning (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, data interpretation, and word problems); (2) Verbal Reasoning (reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence); and (3) Analytical Writing Essay Tasks (analyze an issue and analyze an argument). The book included in the course fee is written by the faculty of BTPS Testing, CliffsNotes TestPrep GRE General Test® with CD/ROM including four full-length practice tests for enhanced home study.

Course Date(s)
April 7 - April 28
June 2 - June 23
July 28 - August 18
2018 Summer
NC 0049 LSAT | Law School Admission Test Prep Sessions

Let our experts give you important insights into the LSAT with over 20 hours of classroom instruction. Instructors will help you analyze each exam area and apply your knowledge to strategize and respond to LSAT practice questions (note: practice questions are taken from both simulated and actual LSAT exam questions). Learn how to identify your strengths and target your weaknesses as you receive instruction about each question type: analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, reading comprehension (including comparative reading), and the essay writing sample. The textbook provided in the workshop is published by the Law School Admission Council, 10 Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests. Students will also receive an LSAT Supplemental Packet with test-taking strategies published by BTPS Testing.

Course Date(s)
May 12 - June 9

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