Education: Examiners Examined

When any Scholar is able to understand Tully . . . make and speake true Latine in Verse and Prose . . . decline perfectly the Paradigms of Nounes, and Verbes in the Greek tongue; let him then and not before be capable of admission into the Colledge.

Thus stood the earliest college entrance requirements set by Harvard College. Early examinations were oral. This procedure was not improved until 1845 when Horace Mann spurred the introduction of written examinations in Boston, whence they soon spread to all U. S. schools. In 1900...

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