ACT workshop geared to reverse low scores
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A free ACT Workshop geared to reversing Mississippi’s ranking as the lowest average score in the nation is scheduled at Coahoma Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Student Union.

“Collecting statistical data for CCC’s service area: Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Tallahatchie, and Tunica counties, we discovered schools scored 5.2 points below the national average,” says Christopher Dixon, CCC Career Center manager.

“This contributes to Mississippi’s lowest ranking in all four ACT subject areas,” he continues.

Dixon reports the average ACT score in the U.S. is 21.1; Mississippi’s average is 18.4; and CCC’s coverage area is 15.9 which is not sufficient to enter a four-year institution.

“Students report that after attending past ACT workshops at Coahoma, their scores increased 2 -3 points on re-test,” says Dixon. “Their parents say their children did not show as much test-taking anxiety.”

“Taking a college entrance exam, which is designed to reflect a student’s readiness for college, can be nerve-wracking,” says Dixon.

He says the test takes about three hours plus another half hour for breaks between sections composed of 215 multiple choice questions.

During the workshop, students are given an opportunity to take a timed practice test.

Workshop instructors concentrate on improving test taking skills, math problem solving, science, English/reading comprehension, overcoming nervousness, confidence building, memory association, and test day preparation.

Admission is free and free snacks are provided. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Dixon at 662-621-4674, 662-621-4155, or email:

The workshop is sponsored by CCC’s Student Affairs and Support Services division.