Alternatives: Here Comes the Lego Test

Can't remember the last time your boss asked you to find the volume of a cylinder? Most of the skills and knowledge we use in our jobs are very different from those tested by traditional college-entrance exams, and those of us who score poorly on those tests will probably do just fine in the work world. So Deborah Bial, a doctoral student in education at Harvard, has developed a three-hour exam that uses group activities, personal interviews and even Lego blocks to identify kids with potential that might be missed by a test like the SAT. "Students who succeed in college...

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