What is Aptitude and ability tests?

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Aptitude and ability tests are created to assess candidate's job potential and thinking capabilities in order to complete the most essential tasks of the job he/she is applying for.

what are aptitude and ability tests

Definition of Aptitude and ability tests

Aptitude and ability tests are created to assess candidate's job potential and thinking capabilities in order to complete the most essential tasks of the job he/she is applying for.

Depending on the job, aptitude and ability tests can take a variety of forms and they usually consist of completing a sample of work that the candidate will be expected to do.

Types of aptitude and ability tests

Aptitude and ability tests are classified as speed or power tests. Speed tests contain simple, straightforward questions and the goal is to answer as many questions as possible in the alloted time while power tests contain a small number of more complex questions and the goal is to find a way to correctly solve them.

Types of tests:

1. Verbal ability tests include questions which test candidate's ability to spell words correctly, use correct grammar, understand analogies and follow detailed written instructions.

2. Numeric ability tests include questions on basic arithmetic, number sequences and simple mathematics

3. Abstract reasoning tests are based on diagrams and measure candidate's ability to identify the underlying logic of a pattern and then determine the solution.

4. Spatial reasoning tests measure candidate's ability to manipulate shapes in two dimensions or to visualize three-dimensional objects presented as two-dimensional.

5. Mechanical reasoning tests are designed to assess candidate's knowledge of physical and mechanical principles like pulleys, levers, simple electrical circuits etc.

6. Data checking tests include number of tables of information which must be checked against each other.

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