College Office Hosts Screening of The Test and the Art of Thinking

On Monday July 9, the College Counseling Office hosted a screening of the new documentary called The Test and The Art of Thinking in Getz Auditorium. The film, directed by Michael Arlen Davis, and produced by Canobie Films, takes a critical look at the use of standardized testing in college admission, with a focus on the history of the SAT in college admission, the expansive test prep industry, and the increasing test-optional movement. The film premiered at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival last March to critical acclaim.

In the film, Davis interviews dozens of exasperated students, academics and others who declare that the SAT (and the ACT) fail to accurately gauge potential, ability or creativity.

About 30 individuals, including admission officers from Yale, Wesleyan, Trinity, Connecticut College, UConn and school counselors from a range of local public and independent schools, attended the screening. Following the movie, a lively discussion ensued.