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Could this game replace the SAT?

Rebecca Kantar, Technologist

Standard college admissions tests are:

a. based on an outdated model of intelligence

b. exclusionary

c. a lucrative business

d. all of the above.

28-year-old Harvard dropout Rebecca Kantar is disrupting the paradigm of pencil-and-paper tests like the SAT and ACT by designing interactive scenarios that play like video games, and that test for qualities like grit and creativity. But is another test the answer? Given the spotty history of aptitude tests, maybe it’s time to completely reevaluate how colleges evaluate prospective students.


“If people teach to the test, then we need to make tests that are worth teaching to.”

— Jack Buckley, Imbellus