Achievement and aptitude assessments serve distinct, but potentially complimentary purposes. Both are often administered in a group setting. Can you Summarize how these assessments are distinct, and analyze the implications of group administration for these assessments. Include the perspective of administering these assessments to diverse populations.
(1) Achievement and Aptitude Assessments
Achievement tests are defined as an evaluation of accomplishment or the degree of learning. They are designed to measure what an individual has learned after being exposed to specific information (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2005, p. 20). Achievement tests may be standardized (a test based on a representative sample of test takers), nationally, regionally, and locally, or the tests may not be standardized. Examples of Achievement tests include batteries such as the California Achievement Test, and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test.
An aptitude test is designed to measure both learning and an individual's potential for the purpose of making predictions about the test taker's future performance. Examples of the Aptitude test include the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), The Act Assessment (ACT), and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). "The ...
This solution discusses the differences between achievement and apitutude assessment.