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Aptitude tests versus achievement tests
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 17:25 PM

In today's education system, students are subjected to a number of standardized tests throughout their academic careers. However, there are two specific kinds of tests that measure different abilities in the thought process.

For example, aptitude tests are a way to determine someone's future performance, which could potentially be used when choosing what kinds of classes children can handle. Aptitude tests can also relate to different grade levels, potentially alerting the proper academic administrators if a child is being too challenged or not challenged enough.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, achievement tests are used to determine how much a student has picked up from their curriculum. Some achievement tests that are nationally recognized include the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10), the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the California Achievement Test.

Both tests are commonly used when trying to assess students' full potential. By either ranking pupils based on their cognitive abilities or measuring how they could potentially excel later in life, these kinds of exams are important when determining a child's mindset.



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