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The Test and the Art of Thinking

The Test and the Art of Thinking

Currently in theaters
Produced by Michael Arlen Davis


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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

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.

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.

Danielle S. Allen, an American classicist and political scientist, is the James Bryant Conant University Professor and the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Previously, she was UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She has also served as a trustee of Amherst College and Princeton University, and as Chair of the Pulitzer Prize.

Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The New Republic, and is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The New Republic, and is the author of ten books. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” in February, 2015.

students at wake forest

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

Scott Jaschik is the co-founder and Editor of Inside Higher Ed.

Charles Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a political scientist and author. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” in April 2015.

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” in April 2015.

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” in April 2015.

Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, is interviewed for "The Test” in February, 2015.

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The author of twenty-nine books, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” in February 2015.

Ayana and Bobbi Cole are interviewed for "The Test" in February 2015.

Ayana, a 3rd year medical student is interviewed with her mother, Bobbi, for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” in February 2015.

Dan McKanan joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in July 2008 as Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity.

Dan McKanan joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in July 2008 as Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” in February, 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” in February 2015.

Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, is interviewed for "The Test” in February, 2015

Leon Botstein is the President of Bard College and Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He is also the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. He was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” 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” 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” 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” in September 2014.

greg hanlon

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” in October 2014.

James Murphy

James Murpy 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” in October 2014.

William Fitzsimmons

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" in February 2015.

Valerie Franks

Valerie Franks is co-author of “Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions.” She is an Independent Researcher in Education. She was interviewed for "The Test and the Art of Thinking” in September 2014.

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” in February, 2015.

Nicholas Lemann is Columbia Journalism School Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus. He has published in Atlantic Monthly, 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" in February, 2015.