"In order to be efficient with the test, you essentially have to trick people" - From the trailer of THE TEST & THE ART OF THINKING (2018).
Is the SAT a truly standardized test? Can it be gamed? Does it reflect knowledge? The new documentary The Test & The Art Of Thinking tackles these questions and more in discussing the purpose, relevance, and place for the standardized test through interviews with students, scholars, and other parties.
Many professionals view the college application as a relative static entity. And why shouldn't we? It rarely changes, and complicity from students, counselors, and of college admissions officials can be taken for granted. An eco-system of test prep organizations, restructured instructional class time, studying and test-taking techniques, and schools going test optional continues to evolve.
The official movie description is as follows:
Each year more than 3 million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four-year colleges in the United States. For decades, however, there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process and how predictive they are of academic success. The anxiety-provoking exams, and the multibillion-dollar test-prep industry that has grown up around them, have also become lightning rods in the ongoing national debate over equity in educational opportunity.
The trailer can be viewed here, and the film debuted in theaters on Friday, April 27th.
To learn more about this film and for screening locations near you, you can visit the official site here.