The SAT and ACT have long been attacked as biased and open to manipulation, and the pandemic has helped weaken their influence. But if we understand what the tests measure, they have some value.
Critics have charged that college admissions tests only favor the wealthy, who can pay big bucks for test prep. Last year’s college admissions scandal, with its tales of test-gaming, cast even more doubt on the tests’ validity. As Covid-19 has made mass testing events untenable, hundreds of colleges have made the SAT and ACT optional. A growing number say they won’t consider test scores at all.
The makers of a documentary film originally released in 2018—The Test and the Art of Thinking—are now trying to capitalize on this ferment by streaming it on digital platforms. The film is artfully made and has an impressive collection of talking