Student FAQs

  • What are prerequisites? You do not need to study any particular subject. You need to have a device with Internet access and a parent or legal guardian’s approval if you are under 18.
  • How do I sign up? Go to
  • A one-time payment of $79.95 covers building a Gritter Profile for the lifetime of the student.
  • How much time should I spend building my Gritter Profile and over what time period? In total, at least one hour over four days, but more is better for two main reasons:
    1. The lower the grades you have in school and/or on the SAT the more advantageous it is for you to spend more time – over a longer period of time – building your Gritter Profile. In general, the more time you spend the more information the college has to make an excellent decision.
    2. Just by virtue of building their profiles students become Gritters. The more questions they answer, the grittier they become. You’ll probably need to spend more than one hour to get to grit.
  • How many questions should I answer? The Gritter Profile will tell you when enough questions have been answered for a meaningful Gritter Profile to exist. That said, as students progress they become increasingly aware of how they think and respond to common situations – and how alternative ways of thinking and responding may be beneficial. The more questions a student answers, the more grit that student develops – and the more trending a college has to make the best possible decision.
  • Is it OK to ask others for help? In a word, yes. The Gritter Profile – like the world – is open book. Being able to ask for and assimilate help is a critical ability that the Gritter Profile measures.
  • Does the Gritter Profile measure knowledge? In a word, no. It doesn’t matter what you know or don’t know. What’s really important is your desire to know and your ability to learn and work through negative emotions such as boredom, frustration, and confusion. The journey is the reward and the Gritter Profile measures not what you’ve learned but the potential of learning according to your values and abilities.
  • What are bad things to do when building a Gritter Profile? The app will tell you when you do these things so you can avoid continuing to do them:
    • Curse
    • Guess without thinking
    • Not read the hint when you don’t know something
    • Not ask for help when you don’t know something
    • Not look at the history of your answers to refresh your memory
    • Give up when you’re BFC (bored, frustrated or confused) or let these and other negative emotions get in your way
    • Let mistakes slow you down instead of letting them point the way to identifying and fixing weaknesses
  • What are really bad things to do? (this will get you kicked out of the app)
    • Attempt to reverse engineer it
    • Attempt to change it or do a DOS attack
  • How do I get my Gritter Profile? Your Gritter Score is always at the top of each page. The score itself represents the amount of time and effort you’ve put into it. When you get to a Gritter Score of 1,200 you will receive your Gritter Code, which unlocks your Gritter Profile.
  • How do I submit my Gritter Profile to colleges? You may report the Gritter Code on your college application. The Gritter Code allows a college to view your Gritter Profile, which provides richness on your ability to learn and your willingness to use that ability. Even after you’ve submitted your Gritter Code to colleges you may continue building the Gritter Profile: Colleges want to see as long a trend as possible and will often check back to see if you have an updated Gritter Profile if you are a borderline admissions decision.
  • Do colleges want my Gritter Score? The Gritter Score by itself is simply an indicator of how much work you’ve put into building your Gritter Profile, so no. Colleges really want your Gritter Profile – and they may access that once you provide them with your Gritter Code.