Gritter Profile FAQs

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  • Why the Gritter Profile? The main purpose is to provide colleges with a better way to identify and admit students who complete their studies and earn a degree, enhance the reputation of the college after graduation, and contribute back to the college and its community.
  • What is the ideal age range for building a Gritter Profile? Students as young as age 13 may begin building a Gritter Profile. The longer the history the better trend data a college will have. There is no upper range: Students applying to graduate or business school may be of any age.
  • What does the Gritter Profile measure? By and large the Gritter Profile is designed to measure two things: 1) a student’s ability to learn; and 2) his or her willingness to use that ability. It does not measure IQ, Emotional Intelligence, or knowledge.
  • How is the Gritter Profile is different from, say, the SAT? Six main differences exist between the Gritter Profile and the SAT or other knowledge tests:
    1. Open book. Learning is often a collaborative effort. The SAT is a closed-book test: if a student doesn’t know the answer he or she may not seek help and in fact will be expelled if he or she does so. The Gritter Provide encourages students to seek help wherever they can find it because the ability to seek and use help is critical to success in a collaborative world. Students have three sources of help embedded within the Gritter Profile experience:
      • Hint icon. Clicking the Hint icon provides detailed information about the question and generally provides enough information for the student to figure out the correct answer.
      • History icon. Clicking the History icon provides a time-ordered sequence of recent questions answered by the student, including which answers are correct or incorrect.
      • Online tutor help. Students may enter comments or questions into the online help box. Specially-trained tutors use the Socratic method and generally respond by asking a question to provoke deeper thinking on a student’s part.
    2. It doesn’t measure knowledge. It doesn’t matter whether or not a student knows the material on the Gritter Profile. What’s important is the student’s awareness of what he or she knows and what to do when he or she doesn’t know. Students are measured on their ability to detect accurately their own mistakes and to seek help in understanding and correcting them.
    3. Taken online. Students do not need to show up at a test center: Profile building is online, which makes the Gritter Profile convenient to take. Contact us to see if your high school offers a Gritter Profile or Grit Builder course.
    4. Not taken at a specific time. Once a student registers, the profile may be built at his or her leisure.
    5. Taken over a period of time (6-12+ months is best). The SAT is taken in one sitting: The Gritter Profile is taken over a period of months or even years, which provides a window into a student’s growth over time. The SAT provides information on what a student knows about a particular subject at one point in time. With the SAT, poor test-takers do poorly as do students who are passionate about and excel at subjects other than math or English.
    6. Next to impossible to cheat. Certain test-taking patterns are unique: The underlying software behind the Gritter Profile searches for such patterns and detects most cheating.
  • What research supports the Gritter Profile? Stanford University Professor of Psychology Carol Dweck has done significant research on what makes a gritter and how gritters outperform. Prof. Dweck wrote Mindset: The new psychology of success. U Penn Associate Professor of Psychology Angela Lee Duckworth gave a TED talk on grit and how it is one of the best known determinants of future success. Each has conducted numerous research studies on grit and its value.
  • Does the Gritter Profile use adaptive learning? Yes. After getting a question wrong a student is often presented with a three period lesson (a Montessori technique) on the topic. If the Gritter Profile software detects guessing, it will let the student know and suggest alternatives. Each student receives a weekly email detailing specific behavior to demonstrate grit.
  • What does a student’s Gritter Profile indicate? The Gritter Score in itself merely indicates that the student has met the bar in terms of number of questions answered, number of correct answers, and number of topics completed. True richness comes from an examination of the Gritter Profile.
  • How does a student know when the profile is built? The Gritter Profile is never over! But at some point, the “bar” (a 1,200 score) has been met and the Gritter Profile assigns a Gritter Code to the student, which means that the student has done enough work to have created a meaningful Gritter Profile.
  • How is PII (personally identifiable information) protected? Who can see profile results? No one besides registered college admissions officers or guidance counselors may see a student’s name, email, phone, or street address, and then this information is only available for those students that have provided their Gritter Codes. Confirmed registration and student permission is required to access Gritter Profiles.
  • Which colleges use the Gritter Profile? We do not publish this list. We do not guarantee that a particular college is using the Gritter Profile. However, literally hundreds of accredited universities and colleges in our database have said that they will review Gritter Profiles.
  • What is a Gritter Code? Once the student reaches a 1,200 score, he or she is issued a Gritter Code, which the student then supplies on his or her college application. The college admissions office may use the Gritter Code to compare this student against other students applying to that college and against the entire student population taking the Gritter Profile.
  • What is the cost? Is there an expiration date? The Gritter Profile fee is $79.95. It include unlimited use over one student’s lifetime.