Over the weekend, I was telling Nate about this aptitude test thingy I took in Seattle way back in 2005, ‘cause I was almost done with high school back then and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to college/what I wanted to study if I went to college (quite a change from today, eh?). I was trying to remember what all the test were but could only remember about five or six of them.
But this afternoon, when I was looking for a particular picture I had on my compy, I found a scan of my summary results for the tests.
Super handy. Here it is!
Now let’s see if I can remember most of these are…
Graphoria was, as it says, a test of clerical speed. There were two columns of numbers and I had to go though as fast as I could and find the rows where the numbers didn’t match.
I think Ideaphoria involved looking at pictures of both real and abstract objects and thinking up as many uses for them as possible within a small time frame.
Number Series involved looking at a series of numbers and trying to determine which number came next.
I’m pretty sure Number Facility was just a series of basic math problems. I am shocked my score was as high as it was on that one.
Wiggly Block involved—surprise—wiggly blocks that you had to arrange in a solid rectangle as fast as possible.
Paper Folding involved the tester taking a notecard, folding it in multiple ways, then punching a hole through some of the folds. I had to show him on an unfolded notecard where the holes would be without unfolding the punched card. That was way harder than Wiggly Block for me for some reason. Probably because I couldn’t touch the card.
Tonal Memory was kind of like Number Series but with tones. They gave me a set of tones, had me wait for a moment, then played another set of tones and I had to tell if they were the same or not.
Pitch Discrimination is what it sounds like.
Rhythm Memory was like Tonal Memory but with different rhythms rather than different tonal values.
I think Silograms was learning nonsense words and remembering them to use in context, but I can’t remember.
Number Memory iwas a test of how well you could remember a string of numbers. They flashed increasingly long strings of numbers on a screen then took them away, and I had to recall the numbers in the correct order.
Observation involved looking at a picture of like 20 objects for about a minute, then looking at a new picture of those 20 objects where only one thing had changed. I had to point out the change. I was freaking HORRIBLE at this, as you can see.
The two assessments under Artistic Judgment both had to do with looking at pairs of different paintings/designs and pointing out the one in each pair I preferred. These were tests of how well your aesthetic preferences matched those of the “majority”, which can be useful for people who want to go into design or something like that.
Red-Green Vision was a color blindness test.
Color Discrimination was a test in which the tester gave me about 25 slightly different color samples within a very small range (like dark blue to purple) and I had to arrange them from most blue to most purple. There was a blue-purple, a red-orange, and a green-yellow, I think.
The Grip tests just involved squeezing those little hand pressure gauge thingies. This test was to determine if you had some of the necessary physical characteristics for jobs like fireman, policeman, auto worker, etc.
It was super fun. I remember the tester saying that your aptitudes probably won’t change much over your lifespan, but I’ve always wanted to go back and do the tests again just to see. They were fun.