What the Heck are ‘Test Only’ Courses?

‘Test Only’ CE courses are just that. The CE test. Only. No course materials are included. Nothing is shipped.

They were originally designed so that colleagues could share a course book, or online PDF, and all earn credit without having to pay the full course price.

They provide a means for earning CE credit after reading a published course book (which may be purchased through Amazon, or another source).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase the ‘test only’ @ www.pdresources.org and print it out
  2. Purchase the book (or e-book) @ Amazon.com (or another source)
  3. Read the book and mark your answers on the printed test
  4. Login to your account @ www.pdresources.org to submit your test
  5. Receive a certificate of completion

The biggest benefit of purchasing books through Amazon is the cost savings. Amazon is able to offer course books at greater discounts than almost anyone else. They also provide free shipping on orders over $25 (in most cases). AND they are offering more and more books as kindle edition, meaning you can have instant access to the book to read on your computer or other reader (iPad, Kindle, Android, etc.).

Here’s an example:

We are offering the ‘test only’ for a book titled Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers on closeout for $40. Completion of the book and test will earn you 7 hours of continuing education credit.

Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants & Toddlers

So you can purchase the ‘test only’ from us for $40. Then head over to Amazon to download the e-book for $14.30. You’ll have instant access to both the CE ‘test only’ and the book.

Best of all, your total cost for 7-hours of CE credit is only $54.30!

(This is a savings $54.70 from when we used to provide the book and test together.)

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Response to Customer Feedback on Book-Based CE Courses

We review course evaluations daily, and greatly appreciate the feedback given by our customers. This feedback enables us to improve our courses and services – which is invaluable to us. Today we received the following comment on a course evaluation:

Customer sending feedback in course evaluationI am greatly disappointed that PDR no longer includes books with the tests. So far the on-line classes are not as helpful to be translated to later uses with clients. Also it is frustrating to order a test, then have to order the book on Amazon. It is unfortuate that PDR has decided to operate in this manner as having the books and tests included has been a draw for me to order classes from PDR. Sincerely, RA Weaver, LISW-S

Since this is a sentiment others might share, we wanted to explain our reasoning behind the decision to outsource book inventory to Amazon.com. Here is the response from our CEO:

We thought about this for a long time before making the decision to outsource our book functions. I know there are a lot of our customers like you, who enjoyed the convenience of one-stop shopping for books and CE, and we certainly do not like to disappoint. However, we made our decision based on two factors: first, in this 2011 economy, it is no longer financially feasible for us to underwrite the costs of ordering, stocking, and shipping books. With increasing costs of the books themselves and shipping and handling, we were faced with choosing between increasing our prices – which we did not want to do – and outsourcing to Amazon. Second – our analysis indicated that by ordering the book from Amazon and the CE test from us, customers would achieve a savings of 25%, on the average, off what it would cost if we continued to supply both.

I sincerely hope we can continue to earn your business. It is our intention to continue to offer book-based courses as well as online courses. The 25% savings might compensate you for having to place two orders instead of one.

Thanks for your feedback and your business.


Leo Christie, PhD
Professional Development Resources, Inc.

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Operation “Goodbye Books” Week 12

The Last Book

The Last Book

Gina holding the last book!

The stock room is empty – except for this one last book!

Who wants to order our very last mail order course?

Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders offers 6 hours of continuing education credits for only $89, plus shipping/handling. This course is ASHA-approved for 0.6 CEUs.

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Operation “Goodbye Books” Week 9 Update

Operation Goodbye Books Week 9 Update

Leo and Gina giving a thumbs up to only having 10 (yes, the sign was in error) mail order courses left!

It’s week 9 of Operation Goodbye Books, and we’re down to only 9 (as of today) mail order courses left in stock! A total of 14 books are left: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Other/Closeout/CourseName/1/

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Operation “Goodbye Books” Week 7 Update

Operation Goodbye Books Week 7 Update

Gina's back with the countdown box!

We’re down to one bookshelf! 16 mail order courses left = 37 books!

Big plans on the horizon…stay tuned!



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