Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP sponsors free Chad Cargill ACT Test Prep Workshop for GEAR UP sophomores


WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 6, 2016) – Four hundred seventy–six area high school sophomores from 24 schools learned how to better prepare for the ACT as they attended a three–hour ACT and Character Building Workshop presented by Chad Cargill, founder and president of Cargill Consulting. The workshop was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP for Success grant program.

During high school Chad knew he needed to win scholarships in order to attend Oklahoma State University. During his freshman year in high school, Chad discovered that many scholarships were based on ACT scores and the journey was on. Cargill developed the workshop after taking the ACT 18 times and increasing his score from a 19 to a 32. This phenomenal increase was simply due to him learning what was on the test and how to take it. Now Chad travels full time across the country giving his workshop.

"People think I'm crazy for doing what I did,” Cargill said. “But I tell them, I'm not normal. Because you know what normal is when you go to college, broke."

“Chad’s ACT workshop is an extraordinary opportunity for students to gain from his expertise and ability to instruct students on how to take the ACT and increase their test scores,” said GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan. “We are excited that so many of our students took advantage of the workshop.”

Students attending were from Antlers, Bokoshe, Buffalo Valley, Canadian, Clayton, Crowder, Haileyville, Hartshorne, Indianola, Keota, LeFlore, McAlester, McCurtain, Panama, Panola, Pittsburg, Quinton, Rattan, Red Oak, Savanna, Spiro, Stringtown, Whitesboro, and Wilburton.

Eastern is in its fifth year of the $12.6 million federal GEAR UP grant. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low–income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education.

Chad Cargill explains to area GEAR UP sophomores how they can increase ACT test scores. The three–hour workshop was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP and free to GEAR UP sophomores.

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