This past week I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators Conference in San Diego. BTW – if you serve student veterans in higher education, you definitely need to put this conference on your hot list of events to attend. It was an awesome event!

During one of the many informative sessions the topic of college preparation, STEM standards, placement exam preparation, and related topics was discussed. As you can imagine, a student veteran returning to a college campus and taking a placement exam can be an intimidating task. For many veterans, their last math, English or science exam may have been 8 years ago – or more. Thus, having this be their first engagement with higher education increases the risk of retaining that prospective student.

A lot of college representatives in attendance discussed services they offer on campus to assist student prepare to achieve success on these exams. However, the majority did not. The reason? Funding. They didn’t have the financial resources available to offer these type of courses to a large audience. But wait. Someone mentioned March2Success.

March2Success is a FREE service service that provides users access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests such as state exit exams, college placement exams, military entrance exam (ASVAB) and others. The system provides a full array of subject specific assessments and remedial courses tailored to the student’s educational needs, as well as practice drills and tests. It also has a parent/mentoring tool to allow you to check progress of your child/student. Enrollment is valid for 180 days, but can be extended.

Like many people, I am skeptical of FREE services. So I tested the service out. I’m happy to report that the service is legitimate. Thus, if you are seeking ways to engage and prepare your prospective students, including student veterans, and your program (like so many) is financially challenged, consider exploring March2Success. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Are you aware of other free standardized testing services or college preparedness programs? Please share that information with me so I can share that information with others.

 

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