Preparing for quiz time

A Cumming, Ga. woman developed websites that get students ready for test day

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CUMMING, Ga. – Pop quiz!

The anxiety built around those two words can make students cringe and shake with uncertainty.

But for Julie Wilson, it’s an opportunity.

The Cumming resident has launched three websites aimed at helping students from kindergarten all the way through college be prepared for tests. The sites also give traditional and homeschool teachers tools to create tests.

“We grew up cramming, and you were nerdy if you were prepared,” Wilson said. “Now it’s important to be prepared to be able to accomplish more extra curricular activity.”

About three years ago, Wilson came upon the idea as a way to help her two kids — Jenna and Jake — study.

“I didn’t believe that education stopped at the bus stop,” Wilson said. “As my kids were growing older, I wanted my kids to be prepared for tests, quizzes and being engaged in the process.”

The websites include: Cram Stoppers, for high school and college students; Qwizzy’s World for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and Quiz Infinity, a site dedicated to teachers.

“There are so many parents who rely on the school to do it all. I’m just not one of those parents,” Wilson said. “We have to supplement.”

A site user creates a quiz, edits and takes it. The software randomizes the questions. So each time, a student takes a different exam.

“You are getting rid of memorization, because you are testing yourself in a different way,” Wilson said.

Big quizzes, for example, can be broken down into answering what a student doesn’t grasp, creating a “missed questions quiz.”

Wilson manages about 100 paid subscribers and thousands of teachers and visitors who use the site. Subscribers are from all over the U.S., Wilson said, but a strong set of users are in Texas and Michigan.

Teachers’ access at Quiz Infinity is free. For students, it costs $5 per month or $55 for an entire year. Family discounts are available, and people can take advantage of a 30-day trial to see if it works for them.

“My ultimate goal is to make it free for students, but when you are self-funding something it’s hard,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the site’s quiz section will eventually be free, and students who want to view other peer-created tests in the “community library” may pay a fee.

If a creator chooses, a quiz can be shared and copied for personal use in the community library — which holds about 180 quizzes. This function can be a crucial time saver for students studying in the same field, Wilson said.

Cram Stoppers, which launched in August, has also helped Jenna Carpenter, a Diagnostic Medical Sonography student at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Carpenter said she uses Cram Stoppers almost daily to prepare for about two tests per week.

“Only 10 students per year are admitted into this program, so I really want to do well. I made A’s and B’s in all my classes, which according to other students is very difficult,” Carpenter said. “I did consistently better on my tests than most people in the class.”

For more, visit Cram Stoppers at cramstoppers.com, Qwizzy’s World at qwizzysworld.com, or Quiz Infinity at quizinfinity.com.


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