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The Tutor Skills Tests are designed to provide individuals, or the programs they participate in, with a national, impartial benchmark of their knowledge, skills and overall practice. They are aligned with the "Tutoring Foundations" curriculum, which itself is in articulation with the academic requirements for tutor certification by the National Tutoring Association.

The Tutor Skills Tests and the Tutoring Foundations Tutor Training program are both accepted for NTA certification.  See our Professional Development page for more information.

  • Purchase on-line/any time
  • Fax or applications with check also accepted
  • Begin at any time
  • Essay question based
  • Completion time-limit
  • Reviewed by Master Tutors
  • Access to the Internet/web browser experience required
  • Summary evaluation provided

Topic Areas

The content covered in the Level I Tutor Skills Tests is aligned with the topic areas covered in the "Tutoring Foundations" curriculum as shown below.

Comprehensive Test Battery – Courses 1002 to 1010
Basic Test  – Courses 1002, 1003, 1004,
Intermediate Test – Courses 1005, 1006, 1007
Advanced Test – Courses 1008, 1009, 1010

Courses and Topics

1002 – The History, Philosophy and Basics of Tutoring

  • The History and Philosophy of Tutoring
  • Formats for Training: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Balancing Your Roles As a Tutor: Ethics, Etiquette and Technique
  • Basic Tutoring Procedures

1003 – Tutoring as a Communication Process

  • Effective Listening Strategies
  • Effective Speaking
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Individual and Group Dynamics
  • The Role of Cultural Awareness
  • Understanding Culture Shock

1004 – How Students Learn: Styles and Strategies

  • Thinking Ruts and Procrastination
  • Developing Critical Thinking
  • Solving Problems
  • Learning Styles and Brain-Based Learning

1005 – Assessments: Tools and Timing

  • Prescriptive Learning and Assessment
  • Assessment Methods
  • Learning Style Assessment
  • Knowing When to End a Tutoring Relationship

1006 – Selection and Application of Study Methods

  • Methods that Encourage Success
  • Study Preferences
  • The PQ4R Reading Technique
  • Test Preparation Tips

1007 – Subject Specific Tutoring Strategies

  • Reading and Vocabulary Development
  • Writing Development
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Tutoring with Today’s Technologies

1008 – Additional Practices and Resources That Support Tutorial Services

  • Building Relationships with Parents and Teachers
  • Dealing with Difficult Students and Situations
  • Techniques for Conflict Resolution
  • Recognizing When You Need Assistance

1009 – Managing Time and Stress for Tutors and Students

  • Short and Long Term Benefits of Effective Time Management
  • Time Management Strategies
  • Helping Students Schedule Their Time
  • Stress Management
  • Stress Reduction and the Positive Aspects of Stress

1010 – Legal Considerations for a Tutoring Practice

  • FERPA, HIPAA, IDEA, the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Program, Tutor and Student Evaluations
  • Copyright Issues for Educators

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