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The Test and the Art of Thinking Interviews

The Test and the Art of Thinking

Produced by Michael Arlen Davis and Jyll Johnstone


Parents and students understand the energy and emotions conjured by the SAT, which is not only part of the college admissions process, but also a true rite of passage for teenagers in the United States. Most of us never forget our score, or how we feel about it. This film endeavors to support individuals—especially young people—by examining what the test measures and means, and asking a range of visionaries, admissions professionals, and interested parties to discuss the use and ramifications of the test.

Interviews

RICHARD ATKINSON

Dr. Richard C. Atkinson is the former president and regent of the University of California system, and the former Chancellor of UC San Diego. Dr. Atkinson has been a proponent of the long term benefits of intellectual inquiry throughout his life and career. He met with members of our team in November, 2014.

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Danielle S. Allen is an American classicist and political scientist, and UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. She currently serves as a trustee of Amherst College and is chair of the Pulitzer Prize board. She was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in February, 2015.

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Morgan, Bryson and Alana are students at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. They were interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in April 2015.

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Scott Jaschik is the co-founder and Editor of Inside Higher Ed. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in April 2015.

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Martha Allman is the Dean of Admissions at Wake Forest University and oversees Wake Forest’s merit-based scholarship program. She was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in April 2015.

David Hawkins NACAC

David Hawkins is the Executive Director of Educational Content and Policy at NACAC, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in April 2015.

Akil Bello

Akil Bello is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Princeton Review and the Co-founder of Bell Curves, a test-prep company dedicated to underserved and disadvantaged communities. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in February 2015.

Debbie Stier is the author of “The Perfect Score Project: One Mother’s Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT.” She was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in February 2015.

Eric Hoover

Eric Hoover is a Senior Writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has written extensively about college admissions and enrollment issues and has reported on debates over standardized testing. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in September 2014.

Bill Hiss

Bill Hiss is the co-author of “Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions.” Bill is Dean of Admissions Emeritus at Bates College. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in September 2014.

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Greg Hanlon talking with student, Emma, and her mother Amy Cook. Greg is a Test Prep Specialist and has tutored as many as 2500 students for the SAT. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in October 2014.

James Murphy

James Murphy is a freelance Journalist and Manager for The Princeton Review. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and Slate. He is a former Lecturer at Harvard University and was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in October 2014.

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Bill Fitzsimmons is the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard. He is a former trustee of the College Board and former chair on the Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admissions. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in February 2015.

wayne camara

Wayne Camara, Senior Vice President of Research at ACT, Inc. and former Vice President of Research and Development at the College Board, is interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in February, 2015.

Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann is Columbia Journalism School Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus. He has published in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times and written several books including "The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy.” He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” (working title) in February, 2015.