In 2016, the average ACT score in Mississippi was 18.4, well below the national average of 20.8. The high schools of rural Mississippi often fare worse, averaging 15 or 16.

Low scores are a serious problem. Although they do not tell us whether a student will actually finish college and receive a degree, they will prevent a student from starting. Low scores also limit access to scholarships and other funding as well as selective university programs.

Team 36 is dedicated to solving this problem. Our mission is to offer free, effective ACT test preparation to every student in rural Mississippi.

Our courses are different. We show students how to analyze the test so that they can develop an effective study plan. We then work with these students to implement their study plans, taking advantage of peer-to-peer mentoring and other key study skills, to ensure their success on the ACT and beyond.