Did you know there may soon be a viable alternative to the SAT and ACT?
The benefits of Imbellus’ Test as an alternative to the SAT and ACT
You won’t be able to teach to the test
I think this test, Imbellus, is an interesting alternative, because it tests creativity and problem solving. Unlike the headline suggests, schools might not be able to teaching to it. If they design it well, I think you’ll be able to practice, but I don’t think you will be able to “teach to the test.” It might also mean that it will be harder to coach to the test as well.
Testing creativity will encourage healthy sleep habits, not over-scheduling
Another benefit? Since it requires creativity, it will actually discourage over-scheduling. How? Because as I’ve been reading in Why We Sleep, adequate sleep is necessary for creativity.
Possible limits to Imbellus’ Test
One big possible flaw?
It has been proven that time limits and stress reduce problem solving ability.
Of course, as anyone who had watched Apollo 13 know, sometimes it is important to be able to solve problems creatively while under stress!
So it’s a good idea to practice under stress.
Ideally, Imbellus would be an alternative, not a replacement
As much as I detest teaching to the test, and think AP classes are destroying education, I would like to see this be a complement – another option – to the SAT, ACT, and grades.
There should be many paths, both separate and overlapping, to college.