In an alternate universe, Twilight's entrance exam was earlier in the day. She didn't pass it and started looking for other things to try. One task was helping on a nearby farm: Sweet Apple Acres. There she met Applejack and Big Macintosh. She had new ideas about ways to manage the farm, and while there was some initial resistance, Granny Smith eventually convinced Applejack to let Twilight try her ideas on a small section of the farm. The resulting success in the pilot area earned her a cutie mark.