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Essay Test-Taking Strategy (FI) Public

Strategic Instruction Model™ Learning Strategies

Earned through demonstration of competence in instructing a student or class through all of the lessons and phases of the strategy.

Required Evidence

Partner with an Active SIM PDer or Specialist

Partner with an Active SIM certified Professional Developer or Specialist in this SIM Credential. Post the name of who you will partner with to complete the badge requirements. More Info

Teach the Strategy

Teach the strategy in its entirety to a person or class, following the instructional steps in the manual. More Info

Student Portfolio

Submit a student portfolio.*****Optional: Submit a Student Interview (interview a student about usefulness and implementation)***** More Info

Badge Overview

 About This Strategy

The Essay Test-Taking Strategy is designed to help students deal effectively with the complex test-taking demands of courses in school as well as the essay test-taking demands associated with state competency tests--including high-stakes tests--and college entrance exams. Students are taught to analyze essay questions, organize information, write their answers with a specific structure, and revise with edits to create polished products. In studies, at-risk students who received instruction in the strategy earned an average score of 5 percent of the points available for essay test-taking behaviors before instruction. After instruction, they earned an average score of 85 percent of the points available. In addition, essay answers produced after instruction received higher ratings than those produced before instruction.

How to earn this micro-credential badge

Micro-credentials in the SIM series enable teachers to verify skills in delivering instruction of the SIM Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines and other educational programs offered through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. To earn the micro-credential badge:
  • Click the green “join this badge” button and sign up/sign in if needed.
  • Post your evidence specified in the “Required Evidence” section by clicking on the blue “Post” buttons, or you can click into the Evidence section and post from there.
  • Notify your SIM Professional Developer partner when you have completed posting your evidence, that is who will give final approval and award the badge.  

Technical Tips

Badge List provides a place to organize evidence of your work.  You may choose to type that evidence directly into a “Required Evidence” section (as when you post the name of your professional developer or a description or narrative about your work), but much of your evidence will be stored elsewhere (longer documents, video, pdf documents, images, spreadsheets, etc.) and linked into your badge.   

Video:  Upload video to a cloud-hosting site like Vimeo, or YouTube using privacy settings that provide a private link to view the video, keeping it unlisted on the public website.  You will then post the link to that video in the evidence section, along with any comments you wish to include.  

Documents, Image files, spreadsheets, PDF files, etc: 
 You will upload your document, image file, pdf, spreadsheet, etc. to a cloud-hosting site. You will then post the link in the evidence section, along with any comments you wish to include.  We have found Google Drive to be a really simple tool for accomplishing this, but Drop Box or File Dropper or any file storage site that gives you a link to your file works.    

To use Google Drive
 to post documents, images , spreadsheets, pdf, etc.: 
  • Open Google Drive
  • Hit the red “New” button
  • Select “File Upload” and choose the file you wish to upload
  • Click on “Share”
  • Get Shareable Link
  • Paste the link into your evidence section along with any comments you wish to include.

Communicate with other badge earners on the Badge Wiki 

Contribute to a current wiki:
  • Click on the "View Badge WIki" button below this Badge Overview.
  • Hit "Edit" in the upper right corner.
  • Type into the Page Body.
  • Hit "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.
Create a New Wiki Topic
  • Think of a one or two word title for your new wiki. Example: Hotel TIps.
  • Go to the browser address bar above.
  • Change current url by ERASING "wiki-instructions" and typing the name of your wiki:

  • Use a dash between words.
  • Hit "return".
  • "Start" the new wiki.
  • Type in your message.
  • Choose who can contribute to the wiki.
  • Hit the "Create Page" button at the bottom of the page.
Contact with questions.
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Badge Experts


Marsha Kufel


Badge awarded on 2/24/16



Created badge on 6/8/15

Badge Learners


Janet Atallah


Joined badge on 2/5/19