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Wolmer's alum Khaleel Atkinson soars to new heights

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Founder of National Educational Venture Alliance (NEVA) Dr Neva Alexander (left) presents Khaleel Atkinson with a Samsung Galaxy S5, for attaining an impressive Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 2000. Atkinson is one of Dr Alexander’s SAT students. The presentation was made at NEVA’s headquarters at 9 West Avenue in Kingston recently.

In just 10 weeks at the National Educational Venture Alliance (NEVA), Wolmer's Girls grad Khaleel Atkinson improved her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores with a 300 point jump earning a score above 2000 on the exam.

The SAT is a compulsory exam for students aspiring to study in the USA. With such impressive scores, Atkinson has applied to various schools including Harvard, Columbia and the University of Chicago. Atkinson was full of praise for NEVA founder, Dr Neva Alexander.

"I found Dr Alexander's classes just in time!" said an excited Atkinson. "I received one-on-one sessions with Dr Alexander who advised me about the different colleges I could apply to, the application process required for each and the financial aid." Others who took the SAT exam also witnessed a significant improvement in scores, including Ardenne High alum, Jordan Gordon, whose scores increased by a whopping 360 points. Glenmuir High student, Odaine Anderson, also saw a 340 point boost in his overall scores.

 

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NEVA is an American-based non-profit organisation that focuses on educational services. Student offerings include test preparation not only for the SAT, American College Test (ACT) exams and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) but workforce and career training for overseas work opportunities.

"The instructors were really engaging, accessible and motivational," recalled Atkinson. "The instruction had me hooked; I was given a productive study schedule, tested often, exposed to more than 1,000 new words, and given numerous tips and insights on the SAT exam." Atkinson is no stranger to success, having received 10 distinctions in CXC and another eight in CAPE. She plans to pursue a career in medicine, research or paediatric surgery. Her decision stems from a deep fascination with the intricacies of the human body and her desire to help others, especially children. Unlike some Jamaicans who study abroad, she intends to return to Jamaica after completing her medical studies.

"I love my country, and I am driven to achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a valuable member of its developing medical field. I want to be able to advance our current health care system," she said. NEVA recently relocated classes to the West End Institute on West Avenue. For students interested in SAT, ACT, and GRE classes there is still time to sign up as classes begin this week

"I would recommend NEVA because it is a very affordable and extensive programme," said Atkinson. "It provides you with the fundamentals needed to prepare for the SAT exam and to formulate effective college application packages."

For more information call 925- NEVA or email nationaleducationalventure@gmail.com.