As high school students look to continue learning in a COVID-19 environment, the Army has provided an online option to help students prepare for college.
Whether or not a school chooses in-class or online learning, students can prepare for college using the Army’s college readiness website, March2Success, to augment their learning and study for entrance exams.
Students can take practice tests for exams like the ACT and SAT; Medical College Admission Test and Dental Admission Test. The website provides an alternative for students unable to seek a tutor or join a study group due to pandemic restrictions.
“The pandemic saw parents homeschooling their students to end the current school year,” said Larane Guthrie-Clarkson, chief of education for U.S. Army Recruiting Command. “And, if a parent is not an educator or is not a subject-matter expert in a particular subject and a student needs help, then we can put them into March2Success.”
With many schools’ start dates shifting, more students must turn to online resources like the site, she said.
After the pandemic forced nationwide school closures, active March2Success users dropped from 89,211 in May 2019 to 50,432 in May 2020, as many schools canceled some standardized testing.
During the summer months, the March2Success site could still help students prepare for the upcoming fall semesters while remaining at home, Guthrie-Clarkson said.
The webpage offers a wide palette of resources for high school students or adults taking undergraduate courses for the first time. Future Soldiers can also use the program’s study aids to prepare for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.
While the program has materials aimed at students in grades 8-12, Soldiers planning to attend college can access the online educational tools to prepare for the entrance exams or use the materials as a refresher course. Students can access the website’s free services at march2success.com.
Students study at their own pace, take pre-tests to determine their aptitude level and help educators manage their learning. The program’s users prep for the entrance exams first by taking a diagnostic pretest to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Students then develop a study plan with goals tailored to each user.
The program also has resources for potential recruits who are considering joining the Army. Using the mobile app, Career Navigator, they can learn about Army careers and locate recruiters from their smartphones. Guthrie-Clarkson said there have been discussions on how to expand the site’s features, due to the need for online learning options.
In 2018, the Army added graduate program exams, the MCAT, the dental test and a variety of nursing program tests to its list of features.
Recruiters have marketed the website at high schools across the country, though no commitment to military service is required. Guthrie-Clarkson said the Army provides the website as an education augmentation tool as a public service to the nation’s high school students.