Use aptitude tests when you need to measure a person's capabilities and
- Aptitude tests can measure general intelligence, space visualization,
mathematical aptitude, verbal conceptualization, and other capabilities.
- Some are performance simulations, such as a manual dexterity test that
requires the test taker to manipulate small parts on a test board. A
successful completion of this exercise would demonstrate the applicant's
aptitude for small assembly work.
Aptitude tests administered at the pre-job offer stage can
run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act if the
employer, with the help of a psychologist, determines that
certain patterns of answers on the test provide evidence that an
applicant could have a psychological impairment. In other words,
in some cases, aptitude tests can be used against you to claim
that you discriminated against a job applicant who had a legally