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Aptitude Assessment

Aptitude and intelligence are often considered to be interchangeable terms and to be potentially enriched in school settings. Their definitions are different, however: intelligence is generally defined as a mental capability for learning from experience. Aptitude, on the other hand, can be defined as someone's capacity for learning or ability to do something well in the future. It is sometimes confused with an individual's ability simply to perform a task, but the difference is that while ability to perform can be measured in the present, aptitude is about predicting someone's future success based on ability. Given the nature of education, most school programs focus on academic aptitude. Aptitude assessments are often used to place students in gifted and talented education programs. In traditional U.S. academic ...

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