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Could you pass Harvard's entrance exam from 1869?

erfnet (2036732) writes | more than 3 years ago

Education 3

erfnet writes "The New York Times remembers back to when "college was a buyer's bazaar" and digs up 19th-century classified ads from Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and others. In competitive efforts to attract students from the limited pool of qualified candidates, applications were taken as late as September for an October freshman class. Vassar offered lush room accommodations. The expectations were high: Latin, Greek, Virgil, Caesar's Commentaries; Harvard's entrance exam from 1869 is posted (PDF): http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/education/harvardexam.pdf. Could any of us pass the exam today?"
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Definitely a different world (1)

Dasuraga (1147871) | more than 3 years ago | (#35775010)

Although it's somewhat disappointing to see that almost all of the math section is only about calculating things quickly... it seems that reasoning wasn't what was being looked for.

Could you pass Harvard's entrance exam from 1869? (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35775808)

No, no I could not.

turn and turn about (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 3 years ago | (#35776942)

...I'm sure there are things that my 6 yr old knows which Harvard grads from 1869 couldn't answer in an exam either.
My point is, the material balance of one's education is highly dependent on the times one lives in.

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