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9.5.3 Aptitude inventories

The Congruence Occupational Reading Test (CORT) is one type of aptitude test used to assess the reading ability of individuals in relation to work reading demands at different levels.

The specific skills assessed by CORT include:

  • identifying material through basic sign and word recognition;
  • determining the main information presented in graphs, diagrams, tables and text;
  • finding specific information in work and general documents;
  • interpreting graphs, tables, diagrams and text to deduce conclusions not specifically given; and
  • comprehending and critically evaluating information.

The content of the tests are based on materials used in a variety of occupations. The sorts of material include work environment signs, words from labels, invoices or tickets, written job instructions, memoranda, factory signs, traffic signs, diagrams, plans and street directories, tables, reports, work-related legal documents, and policy statements.

The Congruence Arithmetic Test (CAT) is another aptitude designed to assess the basic arithmetic skills used in sales, clerical and technical occupations.

The ACER Short Clerical Test is designed to measure two aspects, speed and accuracy, of aptitude for routine clerical work. This test is used as an aid in vocational counselling to assess aptitude for clerical work.