The Question and Answer section for The Testing is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Zandri wants nothing to do with the Testing. Unfortunately, to refuse would mean to be charged with treason and put to death. In essence, Zandri has no choice.
This is really a thematic question. Check this out:
I do not see any evidence of an exact year mentioned in the text. Do you have a chapter number?