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Select and give a brief description of an aptitude or interest assessment. Then explain how the test reviews of the aptitude or interest assessment compare to the general assessment standards (operational definition of terms, norming methods, reliability, validity, measures of error, and generalizability).

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(a) Select and give a brief description of an aptitude or interest assessment.

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 primary difference between achievement tests and aptitude tests is that aptitude tests tend to focus more on informal learning or life experiences, whereas achievement tests focus more on what has occurred as a result of some structured input" (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2005, 311). According to Leahy (1995) there are three general purposes for aptitude assessments. For instance, concerning vocational aptitude tests, purposes are focused on the following objectives: (a) assisting the client in identifying vocational strengths, limitations and barriers, career interests and aptitudes, (b) providing information to the client for ...

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This soluation provides a brief description of an aptitude test.