Coming to theatres this Friday, April 27:
THE TEST & THE ART OF THINKING
Michael Arlen Davis
San Luis Obispo 2018
A detailed examination and critique of the SAT and standardized testing.
Davis’ film offers a survey of opinions on the SAT, its meaning, what it does or doesn’t measure, how it’s used in college admissions, and who gets left out because of it. Primarily composed of talking heads, the film also convenes a roundtable of SAT test prep professionals who grouse about the College Board and discuss the tricks of their trade. In addition, class disparities are given a spotlight through the example of students who cannot afford costly prep classes. While accomplishing what it sets out to do, the project could have delved further into the history of standardized testing – its most interesting aspect – to help enliven its overall conventional approach.