In 2014, the average ACT score in Mississippi was 19, well below the national average of 21. The high schools of rural Mississippi often fare worse, averaging 16 or 17.

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 ever 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 incorporate critical thinking skills into everything that we do and show students how to analyse the test so that they can develop an effective study plan. Meeting together in groups, students implement their study plans, while taking advantage of peer-to-peer mentoring and other key study skills, ensuring their success on the ACT and beyond.