Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person components of this program have either been paused, rescheduled, or moved into a virtual format until further notice.

Please contact specific contact information to learn how these changes affect your program. SDSU will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of our local and federal health agencies.


For over 26 years, students have been maximizing their test-taking potential with Test Prep courses at SDSU Global Campus. 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.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
Completion Time Completion Time
18-24 Hours
Course Format Course Format

The GRE General Test is now available for "at-home computer testing." For more information visit the ETS website at https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/

GRE Course Material

The book included in the course fee is the CliffsNotes GRE Testprep textbook written by the faculty of BTPS Testing, a GRE supplemental packet, and online GRE practice tests for enhanced home study.


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 testprep.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-0845.

If minimum enrollment is not met in any of these sessions, the SDSU Global Campus must cancel the course and provide sufficient notice to enrolled students. We understand that students need adequate time to select a replacement course if an existing course is cancelled. Instructors and classes are subject to change, and we will do our best to notify students as they occur.

Courses Hours Cost Day 20FA
NC 0016 CBEST | California Basic Educational Skills Test Prep Sessions* 18 $385 Sa 9/12-10/10, 10/31-11/21
NC 0030 GRE | Graduate Record Exam Prep Sessions 24 $515 Sa 10/3-10/24
NC 0028 GMAT | Graduate Management Admission Test Prep Sessions 24 $515 Sa  

Dates and prices subject to change.
*CBEST - No class 9/19

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 Global Campus. 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 | John Dunham began his career as a manufacturing engineer in the computer chip industry after obtaining a B.S. in physics from UCLA. He subsequently held various management and executive positions, finishing his career as the Director of Global Supply Chain Management for Teridian Semiconductor Corporation. His interest in mathematics led to a Master's Degree in Mathematics and Applied Statistics at CSULB. John taught mathematics at several Orange County Community Colleges for 10 years before taking early retirement in 2018. John has been teaching math for the GMAT and GRE for three years. He currently splits his time between teaching mathematics and applying his knowledge through his investment company, Focused Capital Investment, LLC.

Programs presented in partnership with a third-party provider are not taught by San Diego State University faculty nor affiliated with a campus academic department. Courses offered with third-party providers are not degree-eligible.


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2020 Fall
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)
October 31 - November 21
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®.
Course Date(s)

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 the CliffsNotes GRE Testprep textbook written by the faculty of BTPS Testing, a GRE supplemental packet, and online GRE practice tests for enhanced home study.
Course Date(s)

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.
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