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SAT and ACT flunk out in documentary “The Test & the Art of Thinking”


The Los Angeles Times is the latest publication to pick up on “The Test & the Art of Thinking”:

Michael Arlen Davis’ briskly informative, convincing documentary “The Test & the Art of Thinking” takes aim at those gantlets of supposed aptitude measurement, the SAT and ACT (originally, the Scholastic Aptitude Test andAmerican College Testing, respectively; now known by their acronyms). We know they’re an all-important part of most four-year college entrance requirements, but do they reflect a student’s true exposure to education? Or are they just inflated obstacles with little to say about future academic performance or professional success?

Davis interviews students, teachers, parents, academics and tutors, and finds only more grounds for controversy — including the exams’ encroaching effect on what gets taught in high school (spoiler: whatever’s in the test) — than real answers about their value.

See the full piece here.

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Film Asks If SAT Tests Fail or Help Students


From Voice of America, some notes on “The Test & the Art of Thinking”:

Students and parents worldwide bemoan the test that most colleges use as a measurement for an applicant’s aptitude, abilities or intelligence.

But one parent explores the lengths students and parents go to to score well on the SAT in the documentary “The Test and the Art of Thinking,” premiering April 27.

“What’s interesting is Carl Brigham, who created the SAT, later on wrote a number of articles debunking his original premise that these certain psychological quizzes had the authority that he originally thought,” Michael Arlen Davis, the director of the film, told VOA.

“But it hasn’t stopped, it never really stopped in its tracks the sort of notion of IQ.”

Read more of their observations right here.