THE TEST & THE ART OF THINKING
August 20 7:35pm
Film Introduction by Stuart Katz
About the Speaker:About the Film:
In 1990, Stuart Katz, now a retired UGA faculty member, published a series of controversial studies of the SAT in the journal Psychological Science and elsewhere. His findings demonstrate that the Reading Comprehension (now “Reading”) task on the SAT measures factors having nothing to do with reading comprehension. Join us at 7:35 pm on August 20, just before Cine’s showing of “The Test and the Art of Thinking”, as Stuart talks about this research, and why it sparked a national conversation that continues today.
Parents, educators, students and college admissions professionals all intimately understand the financial, emotional and intellectual burden of the SAT/ACT—tests that are not only an integral part of the college admissions process for most American students, but also can be a rite of passage for teenagers in the United States. Even as adults, few of us forget our score, or how we felt about what it took to earn it.
The Test & the Art of Thinking traces the history and evolution of the SAT/ACT as a major player on the pathway to higher education in America, and it documents its current power in our culture. In so doing, it strives to support individuals who are embarking on the road to college, by examining what the SAT/ACT measures and means, and asking a range of educational leaders, admissions professionals and stakeholders in the test—from tutors to parents to test designers—to grapple with the test’s use, ramifications and future.