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Aptitudes

Aptitudes are natural abilities for doing, or learning to do, certain kinds of things easily and quickly. Are you good at generating ideas, or analyzing numerical information? Can you think three-dimensionally or organize information quickly? Those are examples of aptitudes, and each occupation uses a different combination of aptitudes.

Your aptitudes have little to do with knowledge or culture, or education, or interests. They have to do with heredity. Being right-handed or left-handed, and seeing colors normally are stable, inherent traits that are familiar to most people. The other aptitudes the Foundation measures are the same stable, inherent traits. We measure about twenty aptitudes with our battery of tests. Aptitude testing is an invaluable tool for making career and educational decisions.

As you explore this website, you will learn more about what aptitudes are and how they can help you plan for a satisfying and successful career. Our brochure also has information about the testing program.

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