Can aptitude tests pick the ‘right’ students for university?
Written by Dr Tim Pitman for The Conversation
Since 2007, the Australian government has been evaluating a pilot aptitude test for future university students. The test is meant to help universities select students who might have the ability to undertake tertiary education but who got bad scores at the end of high school. The result is uniTEST which claims to evaluate quantitative, critical, verbal and plausible reasoning. Before looking at the results of the pilot, a quick explanation is required about supplementary tests and why universities use them.