June 12, 2021
The topsy-turvy Covid times have set forth a season of uncertainties. Take for example, the educational calendar of our students. Both 10th and 12th Standard board examinations have been postponed creating psychological catastrophe to the entire populace concerned, chief among them being the students who are preparing for the examinations that willy-nilly determine their future.
This article, as the title indicates, has something to do with their future. The currently available time, instead of wiling away, they can use to plan an “Aptitude Test”. The concept of Aptitude test is not popular in Indian context, but it is obligatory in many countries, which desire to plan the right course of action for their youth.
Many a time we live in a hallucinatory world of hypothetical possibilities, at other times we live in a speculative abstract world far away from ground level realities. Many children are carried away by the influence of their friends and peer groups, still others who succumb to the plans made by their own parents, which may not tally at all with the innate instinct and potentials of the student concerned.
All these can make the future career of a student frustrating, as all the above cases may not correspond with the core reality of what one really is, what his potentials are. Actually any growth or the achievement of any goal should be smooth, enjoyable and fulfilling. And it actually becomes so, if the choices made tally with the in-born capacities of the person concerned. The psychologists have made extensive studies and produced innumerable tests to discover the innate potentials of a human personality. These tests go after the name “Aptitude Tests”.
Every child is born with natural talents, natural desires, natural aptitudes and natural potentials. All these are hidden within us in an unmanifest state. Human growth is nothing else but a process of making “manifest” the hidden potentialities of a personality. Many a time we do not know ourselves. We want to be like others, think like others and act like others. We are blind imitators, and as a result we never succeed to bring out and unfold what we really are. The genius within us is kept suppressed due to various circumstances. The ‘Aptitude Test’ is a method invented by the learned psychologists to help a client to ‘discover’ his/her own potential, and plan his future guided by the self-revelations. Here ‘dis-cover’ means remove the cover under which your potentialities remain hidden.
Let us go to concrete examples. A tenth standard student, as soon as he gets his results should make an option and choose a stream of curriculum for his PUC. Now for PUC varieties of streams are available, especially to urban students who are surrounded by several PU Colleges. He might be influenced by his friends or have to oblige his parents and choose a stream to please them. His own potentials might be totally different. If he makes an option commensurate with his own inbuilt potentialities, not only will he enjoy his future academics but also bound to achieve his goals spontaneously. What he has to do is to undergo an ‘Aptitude Test’ in the tenth or even in the ninth standard.
Similar options again he faces when he completes PUC, there are varieties of choices within a particular stream when one enters undergraduate studies. If he has chosen Biology in PUC, then for undergraduate level he can choose Bioscience, Biotechnology, Microbiology etc. It is highly recommended therefore that he again undergoes the ‘Aptitude Test’ to rediscover his specific potentials, interests and orientation of life; thus remain in the right track suited to his own personal aptitudes.
Of course one can choose a stream just to fulfil his childhood ambition or the ambitions of parents, which are contrary to his core potentials. This will either lead to failure in academics leading to frustrations, or out of sheer determination he may put up hard work and just complete his degree. But he will not enjoy the studies and will not be able to manifest his creative powers that will bring out his original genius and win laurels for himself and for his family.
Having explained the relevance of Aptitude Test let me give a clue how it is done. First of all, there are meticulous tests developed by psychologists which correctly and scientifically reveal the aptitudes of the clients. Every test has a standardised method of administration and scoring. The results are quantified and compared with the empirical data and tables furnished by the psychologists. The final results point exactly to the career and orientation a person should opt. There are seven areas which the test exactly points:
• Language Aptitude (LA)
• Abstract Reasoning (AR)
• Verbal Reasoning (VR)
• Mechanical Reasoning (MR)
• Numerical Aptitude (NA)
• Spatial Aptitude (SA)
• Perceptual Aptitude (PA)
In these tests the guidance of a psychological counsellor is very significant. The test involves heavy post-test interpretations and calculations related to scoring, which finally provide excellent results. The parents can approach me for further information. The students can even take a test in the ninth standard, so that he can focus on his tenth standard studies in the right direction leading to a proper stream suited to his personality and aptitude. You are welcome to visit our centre in Mangalore and receive necessary information before you decide on the test. To conclude, let me recommend an aptitude test to all our adolescents as an indispensable tool of right choice of a career.