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Rebecca Kantar Harvard dropout plans to fix college admissions with video games

“For more than 50 percent of kids, college is net bad”

The Way Out of college Admissions Hell is Vidoe Grames

Kantar’s premise is that huge numbers of American students lack the competencies required in an age of automation, because the country’s schools are failing to provide them with the proper preparation. “It’s not an aptitude problem—it’s a practice problem. They aren’t practicing the right kind of thinking.” In her view, expanding economic opportunity is impossible without transforming the way big institutions test for and evaluate student potential. “If you want to change the default settings in the system,” she says, “you’ve got to start at the top.”

What If Instead of Taking the SAT You Got to Play a Video Game? L.A.-based startup Imbellus plans to upset the SAT and ACT’s monopoly with a test it says accurately gauges critical thinking.
In statistical terms, this is the golden age of American higher education. More than 1 in 3 Americans has at least a bachelor’s degree, the most ever. Almost 70 percent of high school seniors graduating this spring will go to college in the fall, compared with about half during the mid-1970s.

The problem is the avalanche of standardized tests students take from kindergarten through high school, a $10 billion industry that drives much of what’s taught in the classroom. At the top of the pyramid sit the SAT and ACT, the generations-old multiple-choice tests that still help to determine who gains entry to top colleges and universities.

The digital assessments Imbellus has developed resemble video games. Placing users in a simulated natural environment, they present test takers with a series of tasks, all the while capturing the decision-making process used to complete them. And because each simulation delivers a unique user experience, they’re intended to be cheatproof.


National Center for Fair & Open Testing

Schools which have deemphasized their use of ACT and SAT in admissions decisions. It includes colleges and universities which ignore ACT/SAT scores even when they are submitted, those that allow all students to choose whether their scores will be considered, those that extend this option only to applicants who meet other criteria (usually minimum class rank or GPA requirements; and those who allow other types of standardized exams (AP / IB / Subject Tests / Local Exams / Placement Tests) to substitue for the ACT / SAT.

Find a "Fair Test College or University

This list includes colleges and universities that deemphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT. Advocacy group FairTest, supports the "test-optional idea which refers to a College who admits "substantial numbers" of students without using ACT or SAT scores.for colleges to de-emphasize SAT and ACT scores by not requiring them.


Bard, Bates, Bennington, Colby, Middlebury, NYU and Colorado Colleges do not to require the SAT or ACT. It's far more significant when a competitive college such as Colorado College drops the SAT mandate than when a marginally competitive college goes test-optional.

Colorado College, a very selective liberal arts school, announced it would adopt an "alternate" testing policy that allows applicants to submit Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate scores in place of the SAT or ACT.

Colorado College will add a third option to the traditional ACT/SAT requirement. Instead of those tests, students may submit three exams of the applicant's choosing from a list of "acceptable SAT or ACT sub scores, SAT II Subject tests, AP or IB exams, or the TOEFL test for international students."

 2017 College Board tightens SAT exam security, is still a joke!

 The owner of the SAT college-entrance exam, which has been plagued by a raft of cheating incidents overseas, outlined new security measures but stopped short of remedying the test’s biggest vulnerability.
As Reuters reported last year, the College Board has failed to stop a widespread and known security problem. Asian test-preparation companies are gathering questions and reading passages from past SAT exams, and then giving their clients that material to practice upon. The questions later show up on SAT exams administered overseas, giving an unfair advantage to students who have seen them. The news agency also found that the College Board knowingly had administered some exams overseas that it knew had leaked. Full coverage of the cheating epidemic can be read here: