aptitude test


Definition of aptitude test 

: a standardized test designed to predict an individual's ability to learn certain skills

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Early on in his career studying psychology, Rust saw how IQ tests and other aptitude tests were being used to justify discrimination against people of different races, locking them out of academic and professional opportunities. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "The Man Who Saw the Dangers of Cambridge Analytica Years Ago," 19 June 2018 And almost everyone in that group is already enrolled in college, lacks a high school diploma or can’t pass Army aptitude tests. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why we should celebrate high school grads signing up to defend us," 17 June 2018 That would be without resorting to accepting more recruits who score among the lowest on military aptitude tests -- a threat that's closely monitored during a boom economy to assure military quality. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Army lags slightly on recruiting goal as search for quality trumps quantity," 20 Apr. 2018 The best candidates in any service branch are able to tear up a physical training course, score well on mental aptitude tests and possess the willpower to complete long, difficult training that — for the Air Force — can run as long as three years. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 Will and Tom are arrested and made to take aptitude tests and undergo psychological evaluations. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "'Leave No Trace' Is Brutally Honest About Rewilding," 28 June 2018 The entire board favored one new spending item: covering the costs of the college aptitude tests that many colleges require applicants to submit. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "L.A. school board approves $8.2-billion spending plan amid concerns over future," 20 June 2018 Sejour gave a recent talk at Booker T. Washington High before the students took their college aptitude tests. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "The odds are stacked against success stories like these," 10 June 2018 Ali had twice failed Army aptitude tests during the Vietnam War. Linda Qiu, New York Times, "Trump Considers Pardoning Muhammad Ali, Whose Conviction Was Already Overturned," 8 June 2018

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: a standardized test designed to predict an individual's ability to learn certain skills — compare intelligence test

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