Winyen asked Lev Grossman:

Do you think you'd pass the test to get into Brakebills? Where did you draw inspiration for that from?

Lev Grossman No chance. Quentin is way, way smarter than I am.

That said I was a good test-taker, back in the day -- I probably got farther than I really should have, because my test scores looked good. I know I was thinking about that when I wrote that testing scene. In a weird way I enjoyed exams -- I'm usually at my best when I'm put on the spot.
Lev Grossman

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