Test Preparation

Because the Cal Poly Testing Services staff has direct access to standardized test materials, we are prohibited from conducting any sort of test preparation workshops or testing practice tutorials. We cannot vouch for or endorse any test preparation session or service, but we provide the following suggestions for you to investigate on your own:

  • Cal Poly's Academic Skills Center (ASC) has developed a Study Skills Library of on-line test-taking advice and study strategy. This is a free resource. ASC also offers a variety of skills workshops, study seminars, test prep courses, and tutor referrals, available to students enrolled at Cal Poly.
  • Cal Poly's Extended Education Department sometimes offers group workshops or online courses geared to those wishing to prepare for the SAT, CBEST, CSET, RICA, or MCAT. These courses have fees associated with them, which vary.
  • The CSU has a Math Success Website and an English Success Website, which include diagnostic tests, review courses, videos, and an individualized roadmap for student success, geared toward the EPT/ELM program.
  • The University Writing and Rhetoric Center has programs and links to help Cal Poly students develop their writing skills.
  • Test review books and software may be purchased from retail bookstores. Look for materials tied to a specific test, or more general review materials of subject matter such as math or verbal skills. Consider resources such as these from the University Store.
  • Many specific test programs have study aids or test preparation tips on their own websites. For example, the GRE program has the free downloadable PowerPrep software on their website. Other review sources are also available, some offered for free and some with associated fees.
  • Here is an article (pdf) by Linda Trevarthen, Manager, Testing Services, Michigan State University, on how to prepare for graduate school entrance exams that provides test-taking hints and study strategy information, suitable for all levels of tests.
  • There are on-line sites that offer test review opportunities; some are free and some charge fees. Consider studyguidezone.com or testprepreview.com for free resources or test preparation companies, such as Kaplan or Princeton Review for fee based workshops or courses. Use a search engine to find more test preparation opportunities on the web.
  • Reviews.com has a helpful page providing detailed reviews of 7 GRE prep courses and 8 MCAT prep courses.
  • Consult Academic Advising or your college's advising center:

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