Gritter Profile FAQs

Grit results

  • Why the Gritter Profile? The Gritter Profile provides 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. The Gritter Profile provides employers with a better way to hire productive and continuously improving employees.
  • 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: Job seekers or 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) one’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 other tests such as the SAT, Myers-Briggs, etc.? These main differences exist between the Gritter Profile and other knowledge or personality tests:
    1. Not based on knowledge or self-assessment. Virtually every test to measure student or employee capability relies on one or both of these metrics. The Gritter Profile measures behavior in a real-life situation.
    2. Open book. Learning is often a collaborative effort. The SAT and other tests are closed-book: if the test-taker doesn’t know the answer he or she may not seek help and in fact will be expelled or fail if he or she does so. The Gritter Provide encourages participants to seek help wherever they can find it because the ability to seek and use help is critical to success in a collaborative world. Test takers 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 to figure out the correct answer.
      • History icon. Clicking the History icon provides a time-ordered sequence of recent questions and answers, including which answers are correct or incorrect.
      • Online tutor help. Test-takers 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.
    3. It doesn’t measure knowledge. It doesn’t matter whether or not a test taker knows the material on the Gritter Profile. What’s important is the awareness of what he or she knows and what to do when he or she doesn’t know. The Gritter Profile measures the ability to detect mistakes and to seek help in understanding and correcting them.
    4. Taken online. Test takers 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 employer, high school, or college offers a Gritter Profile or Grit Builder course.
    5. Not taken at a specific time. Once registered, a test taker may build the profile at his or her leisure.
    6. Taken over a period of time (3-5 days is best). Myers-Briggs and the SAT is taken in one sitting: The Gritter Profile is taken over a period of days, which provides a window into a student’s growth over time.
    7. 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 and wrote a book 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 test taker know and suggest alternatives. Each participant receives a follow up email detailing specific behavior to demonstrate grit.
  • What does the Gritter Profile indicate? It provides metrics on many dimensions that are rolled up into two key metrics: Grit Values and Grit Abilities, which are shown as a single dot on the Dashboard.
  • How does one know when the profile is built? The Gritter Profile is never over. Typically, a total of 60 minutes over three or four days is sufficient to create a meaningful Gritter Profile.
  • How is PII (personally identifiable information) protected? Who can see profile results? No one besides registered employers, college admissions officers or guidance counselors may see a test taker’s name, email, phone, or street address. Confirmed registration and test taker permission is required to access Gritter Profiles.
  • Who uses the Gritter Profile? We do not publish this list. We do not guarantee that a particular employer or college is using the Gritter Profile. However, literally hundreds of employers and accredited universities and colleges are in our database.
  • What is the cost? Is there an expiration date? There is no fee to the test taker. The login is valid for a lifetime for each organization providing access.