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Test prep program prepares students for ACT

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With another ACT test coming up next month, Sha Walker, who developed an online ACT prep course called Jumpstart, recommends that students complete this course to improve their scores.

Walker also worked for a test prep company for eight years before that.

Jumpstart is an online, on demand review course to help students do better with the ACT exam, the GED, high school equivalency exams, the practice core, or teaching exams. It was developed by Dot McClendon, who has been educating students in Brookhaven for 40 years, and is a STAR teacher hall of fame recipient.

“Dot Mclendon helped my daughter improve three points composite in a total of 24 hours time, and that saved me around $10-12,000 off tuition at Ole Miss,” Walker said. “With my background, my next thought was, ‘how can I take what she knows and develop it into an online course so that everybody can benefit from what she knows about that test?’.”

Walker said they incorporated all of McClendon’s tips, strategies and techniques that she has developed over her impressive 40 year career and put it into this program.

He did a field study at Long Beach High School with 42 students and saw a 2.5 point average improvement per student.

He recommends that students complete the course two weeks before the test date because that is when they are seeing the most improvement results.

“When they go in to test, all of the tips, strategies and time management skills that we talk about is all top of mind,” said Walker. “To think that you’re going to prepare for an October 27th test date in July just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. You want to prepare right before the test, so the timing is right.”

He believes this program will help the whole state, since it has the lowest ACT scores in the country.

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