SRJC Course Outlines

5/30/2024 9:14:20 AMEDU 332 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

Reinstated Course

Discipline and Nbr:  EDU 332Title:  TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES  
Full Title:  Test-Taking Strategies
Last Reviewed:10/9/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Non-Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  CSKLS 332

Catalog Description:
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This course will provide students with instruction and practice in test-taking strategies and test anxiety management.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course will provide students with instruction and practice in test-taking strategies and test anxiety management.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable

Approval and Dates
Version:05Course Created/Approved: 7/19/1990
Version Created:5/11/2023Course Last Modified:3/13/2024
Submitter:Lynn Erikson RhodeCourse Last Full Review:10/9/2023
Version Status:Approved Reinstated CoursePrereq Created/Approved:10/9/2023
Version Status Date:10/9/2023Semester Last Taught:
Version Term Effective:Fall 2024Term Inactive:


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Apply a variety of test-taking strategies and study skills in a testing situation.
2. Analyze best practices and research on the application of test-taking strategies and study skills to various assessment situations.
3. Assess and communicate test-taking strategies and study skills needed in different testing environments.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Explain how study skills such as time management, organization, note-taking, reading comprehension strategies, summary writing, critical thinking, and prediction lead to improved test-taking.
2. Describe and apply positive thinking, cognitive strategies, and relaxation techniques for managing test anxiety.
3. Explain the principles of memory, including the difference between understanding and remembering, recognition versus recall, and apply a variety of memory techniques prior to and during test-taking.
4. Use appropriate strategies and routines when taking objective, quantitative, and essay tests.
5. Apply specific expository pre-writing and writing skills for essay test preparation, execution, and editing.

Topics and Scope
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I. Strategies for Taking Various Types of Exams
    A. Objective
         1. Multiple choice
         2. True/false
         3. Matching
         4. Sentence completion
         5. Computer directed
    B. Subjective
         1. Essay, long and short
         2. Organizing/outlining
    C. Quantitative (e.g., math)
    D. Scientific and/or vocationally specific exams
    E. Standardized tests
         1. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
         2. California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
         3. General Education Development (GED)
         4. Graduate Records Exam (GRE)
          5. High School Equivalency Test (HISET)
         6. Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
         7. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
II. Strategies Prior to Testing
    A. Organizing thoughts and information
    B. Predicting test questions within different formats
    C. Physical, emotional and intellectual readiness
    D. Memory principles and strategies
         1. Different ways to use flashcards
         2. Recognition vs. recall
    E. Time management
    F. Integrating different learning styles into study approaches
III. Strategies During Testing
    A. Time: pacing and management
    B. Dealing with mental blocks
         1. Splashdown
         2. Brainstorming
         3. Mind-mapping
    C. Organizing thoughts and information
    D. Response strategies for different formats
    E. Using various answer sheets
    F. Proofing exams
IV. Techniques for Overcoming Test Anxiety
    A. Developing a positive/optimistic attitude
    B. Cognitive strategies
    C. Relaxation techniques

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1. Reading assignments, such as:
    A. Handouts
    B. Journals
    C. Articles
2. Weekly practice quizzes
3. Class discussions
4. Course notebook, including sections such as:
    A. Profile (inventories, assignments, tests)
    B. Positive attitude
    C. Study skills
    D. Test strategies
    E. Class notes
5. Regular homework assignments
6. Essay test practice
7. Reflective writing assignment based on readings of study and test-taking strategies
8. Exercises related to test-taking skills
9. Quiz(zes) and/or exam(s)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 25%
Course notebook; essay test practice; reflective writing assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 20%
Practice quiz(zes); class exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
45 - 50%
Quiz(zes) and/or exam(s)
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 20%
Class discussions; homework; class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials


Student Preparation
 Matric Assessment Required:XExempt From Assessment
 Prerequisites-generate description:NPNo Prerequisite
 Advisories-generate description:NANo Advisory
 Prereq/coreq-registration check:NNo Prerequisite Rules Exist
 Requires instructor signature:NInstructor's Signature Not Required
 Method of instruction:02Lecture
 71Internet-Based, Simultaneous Interaction
 72Internet-Based, Delayed Interaction
 Area department:CSKLCollege Skills
 Division:71Language Arts & Academic Foundations
 Special topic course:NNot a Special Topic Course
 Program Status:2Not Certificate/Major Applicable
 Repeatability:00Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
 Repeat group id:  
 Audit allowed:NNot Auditable
 Open entry/exit:NNot Open Entry/Open Exit
 Credit by Exam:NCredit by examination not allowed
 Budget code: Program:0000Unrestricted
 Budget code: Activity:4939College Skills
 Basic Skills:BVOC, OCC, or General Basic Skills
 Level below transfer:YNot Applicable
 CVU/CVC status:YDistance Ed, Not CVU/CVC Developed
 Distance Ed Approved:YEither online or hybrid, as determined by instructor
 Emergency Distance Ed Approved:N
 Credit for Prior Learning:NAgency Exam
NIndustry Credentials
 Non-credit category:YNot Applicable, Credit Course
 Classification:YDevelopmental Preparatory Courses
 SAM classification:ENon-Occupational
 TOP code:4930.14Study Skills
 Work-based learning:NDoes Not Include Work-Based Learning
 DSPS course:NNO
 In-service:NNot an in-Service Course

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