Even YOU can get into MIT … in 1870.

It never fails that ever generation, the grown-ups complain that kids are not learning as much as they should. The public school system is a shambles, kids has short attention spans, yadda yadda yadda….

Well, this might change their minds: check out the arithmetic portion of the 1870 entrance exam to get into Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the most prestigious university in the country. Tell me you could not have aced that.

This is part of the MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections. It serves as a nice reminder that while kids in those days only had to figure out how to solve for x, potential entrants nowadays probably have to learn more advanced subjects like integers and differentials.

However, I would have completely bombed the English portion. What is the area of Massachusetts? Parse “roll,” “earth,” and “control”? Man, screw that noise!


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