Aptitude Test

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An Aptitude Career Test measures your knowledge about a career or job. It is often used as a hiring tool for employment or a skill and knowledge testing tool. An aptitude test can tell you or your employer how much knowledge or education you have about a specific career skill.

Some examples of careers that use aptitudes tests:

An employer may test the aptitude of a Computer Programmer to determine if they have the skills for the job. They may want to test a person's knowledge of a specific type of programming language.

Before you are hired as an Electro-Mechanical Technician, an employer may want you to take an aptitude test to confirm your level of experience and knowledge specific to design, development, building, and testing mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Before you are hired as a Mechanical Engineer, an employer may want you to take an aptitude test to confirm your level of experience and knowledge specific to research, design, development, building, and testing mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Style of Aptitude Tests

Most are multiple-choice questions and answers designed to uncover your knowledge on a specific task or skill.  There is only one correct answer for each question. Unlike career tests that are testing a person's personality that have no wrong answer, aptitude tests have incorrect answers allowing an answer to be scored either correct or incorrect.

Let's look at an example question from an aptitude test for a scientist, physicist, or mathematician

1. If a subatomic particle was orbiting another particle @ approximately 27.4 miles/second, this speed is how many miles per hour?
3,780
33,040
98,640
100,340


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Appropriate Test Taker

A person seeking to test their knowledge or skill in a job or career field.  Or, a human resource department attempting to determine a person's knowledge about a specific career or required skill prior to hiring.
 

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Strength

Aptitude tests will test your skill and knowledge about a specific job or career. If done correctly, this test can be extremely accurate in determining if the knowledge for a career-specific skill exists.  The score of the test is based on the exact number of questions answered correctly.  

 There are hundreds of aptitude tests including tests for office assistance, typing, computer programming, engineering, math, English, foreign languages, banking, financial sector, and many more. If a job requires skill, an aptitude test can be created to test that skill.

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Weakness

The questions and answers must be well vetted to ensure there is no confusion about the correct answer.
 

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Conclusion

Aptitude Tests are accurate career tests for testing knowledge. However, this test will not determine what career is a good match for a person's personality. 
 
For example, if an examinee has extensive experience and knowledge about computer programming they will likely score high on a programmer aptitude test. 
 
However, if the examinee’s personality is more extrovert dominant, a career as a computer programmer will likely cause dissatisfaction because it requires hours working alone.  A high level of experience and knowledge does not always equal job satisfaction.
 
Careerfitter’s career test reveals an examinee's best career match based on their work personality.  Scientific and psychological research is used to generate a detailed report about their work personality strengths and potential weaknesses.
 
Learn more about the science and psychology behind CareerFitter's test.