Village Voice had this to say about “The Test & the Art of Thinking”:
College entrance exams remain a source of anxiety for high schoolers and their parents — a cycle on repeat for decades now. In his documentary The Test & the Art of Thinking, director Michael Arlen Davis digs into the tests’ sordid origins, demonstrates how they’re mastered with skills akin to the tactics players use to beat video games, and details how their utility has been thoroughly debunked.
Among the tests’ biggest critics — and most profound advocates for their demise — are coaches enlisted by wealthy parents to boost their kids’ scores. They show how to ace questions without even reading them, and how essays with blatant inaccuracies can get a perfect score as long as they hit the right criteria. It’s a brutal takedown of a practice now warping K-12 education and should embarrass every school that still requires them.
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