Background of Aptitude Test
Ancient China was the first country in the world that implemented a
nationwide Aptitude test, which was called the imperial examination. The main
purpose of this examination was to select for able candidates for specific
governmental positions. The imperial examination was established by the Sui
Dynasty at 605 AD and was later abolished by the Qing Dynasty 1300 years later
Types of Questions under Aptitude Tests:
Multiple choice: In a test that has items
formatted as multiple choice questions, a candidate would be given a number of
set answers for each question, and the candidate must choose which answer or
group of answers is correct. There are two families of multiple choice
questions. The first family is known as the True/False question and it requires
a test taker to choose all answers that are appropriate. The second family is
known as One-Best-Answer question and it requires a test taker to only one
answer from a list of answers.
True/False: True/False questions present
candidates with a binary choice - a statement is either true or false.
Matching: A matching item is an item that
provides a defined term and requires a test taker is to match identifying
characteristic to the correct term.
Fill-in-the-blank: A fill-in-the-blank
item provides a test taker with identifying characteristics and requires the
test taker to recall the correct them.
Mathematical questions: Most mathematics
questions, or calculation questions from areas such as verbal and analytical
reasoning employ a style , although some papers, notably the Maths Challenge
questions are significant in multiple choice.
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