A new film, “The Test and The Art of Thinking” by Michael Arlen Davis was recently released. This film documents experiences relating to the growing “test optional” college admissions trend which now includes nearly 1,000 colleges and universities. Is this just marketing savvy on the part of these schools or are there genuine, practical concerns regarding the efficacy of these tools if they are over emphasized in the admissions process?
How do we identify the candidates who are most likely to benefit from a given University’s program?
See an introduction to this problem on the WPI website at https://www.wpi.edu/news/spreading-word-test-optional-holistic-admissions. As the first traditional STEM school to adopt a “test optional” stance, they have some years of actual experience building on a test optional process. They don’t just drop the test, they ask students to put their best foot forward through their own presentations/projects. Bates college has also been an early participant in the process.
Think of all the time and money one can save by not over emphasizing test preparation and by putting greater emphasis on your actual interests and your GPA!
See a film teaser at the following address. It includes a listing nationally scheduled screenings across the country @ https://www.thetestdoc.org/