Employers and careers advisers increasingly use aptitude tests as aids in assessing a candidate's potential for a particular job or career. In almost every careers field, one or more of the test scores may throw light on a person's suitability for aspects of the work. These tests are valuable for pupils, providing an objective assessment of their academic potential. Also, practice in tests of this kind can help students gain confidence and avoid stress when they are presented with similar tests by employers or academic institutions in the future.
What do the Cambridge Profile Aptitude Tests provide?
Developed in association with Dr Charles Johnson, the aptitude tests:
*Verbal Reasoning is available in Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (UK), English (US), Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
How are the results presented?
In addition, if they are integrated into the Preview workbook, the student receives the information specifically related to different career areas under consideration as appropriate.
Psychometric evaluation and test validation
Based on statistical analysis of large populations of students, the results of the Cambridge Profile Aptitude Tests have been analysed by Dr Charles Johnson in order to check their effectiveness in measuring a candidate's aptitudes.
In addition, we have also compared the results with the known ability of some students from their own GCSE results and in some cases AS, A level or IB. This has allowed us to check that the level of aptitude measured by The Cambridge Profile accurately predicts students actual academic performance at school.
For those who would like more in-depth information on the tests, a report on technical evaluation is available. Read more on COA's assessment philosophy.