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What Is an Aptitude Test?

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Aptitude tests help measure capabilities.

Aptitude tests are designed to determine a person's capability for performing a task.

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An aptitude test is designed to assess what a person is capable of doing; to predict what a person is able to learn or do given the right education and instruction. It represents a person's level of competency to perform a certain type of task.

Some examples of aptitude tests include:

  • A test assessing an individual's aptitude to become a fighter pilot

  • A career test evaluating a person's capability to work as an air traffic controller

  • A test given to high school students to determine which type of careers they might be good at

Unlike achievement tests, which are concerned with looking a person's level of skill or knowledge at any given time, aptitude tests are instead focused on determining how capable of a person might be of performing a certain task.

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