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MT. MADONNA SCHOOL THE ART OF THINKING What are the Entrance Exams Really Measuring? Each year more than three million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four- year colleges in the United States. For decades, however, there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process and how predictive they are of academic success. The anxiety-provoking exams, and the multibillion-dollar test-prep industry that has grown up around them, have also become lightning rods in the ongoing national debate over equity in educational opportunity. In the new documentary feature, “The Test & the Art of Thinking,” filmmaker Michael Arlen Davis examines this controversy through interviews with students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals and academics, to provide a fascinating look at this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues in our educational system — and our society as a whole. On Thursday, February 28, at 6:30 pm, Mount Madonna School will host a public screening of the film at the Community Playhouse in Morgan Hill. Tickets are $5 general admission, available at MMS-FilmScreening.bpt.me. 24 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN february/march 2019 gmhtoday.com