Aptitudes are natural talents. We are born with them and they do not disappear. Career wise,
they give us an idea about whether we could learn to perform a related task or job duty.
Sometimes we may have aptitude referred to as psychological factors that contribute to
success in various occupations.
Aptitude Tests and their Purpose
There are aptitude tests which can give us some ideas about our talents. One of these tests is the
Career Ability Placement Survey (CAPS). The purpose of CAPS is to provide you with
information about your abilities to help you in career planning.
You will complete a series of tests to help you understand your potential as well as current
strengths and weaknesses. It then gives you a prediction of success in careers that require
particular combinations of talents.
If you have a low ability in particular area, it doesn’t mean that you should automatically rule it
out but you might have to have specific or concentrated training to improve you current skill
Other Uses of Aptitude Tests:
Some professions and businesses use aptitude tests as screening devices. Not for flies and
mosquitos but for YOU!
Aptitude tests can have written and practical parts. For example, students trying to get into
Dental School must do a carving test. We don’t want someone with shaky hands drilling our
teeth, do we? See the sample test below for some typical categories that require written
Preparing for Aptitude Tests
If you go to one of the larger bookstores, you will find a section on various aptitude tests. Your
high school Guidance department may have some samples
If you are required to write an aptitude test, get familiar with its types of questions. This is not
cheating. Those who do well on these tests will prepare in advance.
Caution: Aptitude tests are just one of many criteria we use to determine our career pathway.
Don’t get fixated by the results.
Sample Aptitude Test
Take a look below at