The Test and The Art of Thinking
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.
Bill Fitzsimmons Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard Dr. Richard C. Atkinson Former President and Regent of the University of California System Howard Gardner Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Martha Allman Dean of Admissions at Wake Forest University Akil Bello Co-founder of Bell Curves and Director of Equity and Access for The Princeton Review Ted O’Neill Former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Nicholas Lemann Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Leon Botstein President of Bard College Anthony P. Carnevale Research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Danielle S. Allen James Bryant Conant University Professor and the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University Charles Murray P olitical Scientist, Author, and Emeritus Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Wayne Camara Horace Mann Research Chair at ACT, Inc. Steven Pinker Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University Susan Cole President of Montclair State University Les Perelman Former Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum in Comparative Media Studies at MIT Joseph Soares Department Chair and a Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University Steven Ma Founder of ThinkTank Learning, Inc. Kristin Tichenor Senior Vice President at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Bill Hiss Retired Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Bates College Catherine Gewertz Associate Editor at Education Week John Katzman Founder of The Princeton Review Kory McBride Independent College Access Consultant Greg Hanlon Test Prep Specialist Pavlina Tcherneva Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Economics at Bard College Patrick Hayashi Former Associate Vice Chancellor for Admissions and Enrollment at the UC Berkeley Debbie Stier Author of “The Perfect Score Project: One Mother’s Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT.” Jed Applerouth Founder and President of Applerouth Tutoring Services Chris Ajemian Founder and CEO of CATES Tutoring & Educational Services Erica Meltzer Founder of The Critical Reader Robert Schaeffer Public Education Director of FairTest Lloyd Thacker Founder and Executive Director of the Education Conservancy Scott Jaschik Co-founder and Editor of Inside Higher Ed David Hawkins Executive Director of Educational Content and Policy at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling Eric Hoover Senior Writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education James Murphy Freelance Journalist and Manager for The Princeton Review Michael Muska Founder of Relativity College Counseling and the co-author of “Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions & Financial Aid in the Digital Age” Additional Info
Date: September 2015 Producers: Michael Arlen Davis and Jyll Johnstone