Aptitude Test

An aptitude test is designed to assess what a person is capable of doing or 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. Such aptitude tests are often used to assess academic potential or career suitability and may be used to assess either mental or physical talent in a variety of domains.

Examples of Aptitude Tests

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

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

  • A computer programming test to determine how a job candidate might solve different hypothetical problems 

  • A test designed to test a person’s physical abilities needed for a particular job such as a police officer or firefighter

Students often encounter a variety of aptitude tests throughout school as they think about what they might like to study in college or do for as a career someday. High school students often take a variety of aptitude tests designed to help them determine what they should study in college or pursue as a career. These tests can sometimes give a general idea of what might interest students as a future career.

For example, a student might take an aptitude test suggesting that they are good with numbers and data. Such results might imply that a career as an accountant, banker, or stockbroker would be a good choice for that particular student. Another student might find that they have strong language and verbal skills, which might suggest that a career as an English teacher, writer, or journalist might be a good choice.


Aptitude test can provide information that helps in determining the;

  • Learning readiness

  • Individualizing instructions

  • Identifying underachievers

  • Diagnosing learning problems

  • Help students in their educational and vocational plans

  • Help to predict success to some degree

  • It help to measure the probability of success in an activity