Prep Courses for Academic Exams and Professional Credentialing
The path toward achieving career goals often involves taking tests and earning professional credentials. This is true for lawyers, engineers, human resources professionals and many others.
That’s why the University of San Diego has developed prep courses to help students succeed in acing key exams and earning career-building professional designations. Program participants will benefit from comprehensive curriculum, small class sizes, dedicated teachers and a generous retake policy (in case you want some extra practice). Thousands of students have used our courses as a springboard toward future success.
Who Are These Courses For?
Our test preparation courses can offer a valuable career-building boost for people in the following scenarios:
- Aspiring lawyers looking to ace the LSAT.
- Engineers pursuing their FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) credential.
- Human resources professionals focused on aPHR, PHRca or PHR/SPHR exams.
We also work with businesses or individuals looking to partner with an accredited academic institution to create their own customized courses.
Why Test Prep Courses Work
Many of the tests used to assess academic aptitude (like the LSAT, SAT, GMAT, GRE) or to certify proficiency in a professional context (from CPAs to PMPs, project management professionals) are “standardized.”
Because standardized tests typically follow a specific structure and assess mastery of a standard body of knowledge, concepts, skills, etc. in a given field of interest, it is possible to design test prep courses that effectively prepare students for the format, timing and the actual content before taking the exam.
Benefits of Test Prep Programs
- Position you for success on exams/tests related to your academic and career goals
- Provide participants with deep subject matter insight from experienced instructors
- Eliminate any surprises on test-taking day
Test Prep Program Outcomes
Generally speaking, our courses helping you prepare for important academic exams and professional credentialing processes result in the following learner outcomes:
Our instructors, many of whom hold relevant professional certifications and advanced degrees, are subject matter experts and experienced practitioners who are focused on engaging each student in a stimulating and participative learning environment.
For example, Dr. Ernie Kim, who teaches the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) test prep course, is a deeply experienced University of San Diego electrical engineering professor who has earned both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. Click on individual course listings to learn more about instructors.
Experienced instructors, plus high-quality course curriculum, is our formula for your success. Our materials teach mastery of the content, test-specific strategies and use technology to help each of our students succeed.
Why University of San Diego?
The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Additional reasons to select USD include:
- Top 100 nationally ranked university (U.S. News and World Report)
- Wide selection of courses both online and on-campus
- Ranked among nation’s most beautiful college campuses (Princeton Review)
- Small class sizes facilitate personalized instruction
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Do I need to be a USD student to take a continuing education course?
Q: What is the course retake policy?
Q: Where are the classes held?
Q: How do I qualify for a discount?