Online Aptitude Test

This test is intended to give you a feedback on how well prepared you are to take an online course. Given the feedback, you should know your weaknesses so that you can work on strengthening them.
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1. As a reader, I would describe my interest and abilities as follows:
I enjoy reading for classes and for pleasure. I usually understand textbooks without too much additional explaination.
I don't find reading to be very effective for me. I learn best by doing things, not reading.
Reading is enjoyable and interesting as long as I am interested in the topic. If I am not interested in the topic, reading is not enjoyable.


2. If I am having difficulty with an assignment
I struggle with it for a while, and if I can't figure it out myself then I ask for help.
I always ask for help right away to clarify the issue.
I rarely ask for help. I don't like to bother instructors or other students.


3. I consider myself to be
an adequate typist.
a slow typist.
a good typist.


4. Written instructions are
confusing and frustrating to me.
easy for me to follow.
easy to follow, but I would prefer to have the instructor explain them to me.


5. When I have to work individually
I rarely finish the task.
I almost always complete the task successfully.
I finish the task, but I feel a bit uncomfortable without the instructor's presence.


6. As a learner, I would classify myself as being
dependent on others.
somewhat independent.
highly independent.


7. I have ready access to a computer, and through it, the internet.
Yes, at home or at a friend's place.
Yes, at the university's computer labs.
No regular access.


8. I am considering taking an online course
because I can never seem to make it to my campus classes.
to add another course to a full load.
because the flexibility fits my schedule.


9. When asked to utilize new skills and technologies as a learner
I embrace the challenge and enjoy trying new things.
I am very uncomfortable and tend to avoid new strategies.
I am hesitant to take risks, but am persistent and determined.


10. The words "software", "download", "plug-in" and "set up" usually
send me into a total panic.
scare me a little bit.
don't scare me at all.


11. When I have an assignment or homework
I consistently complete it on time or ahead of time.
I try to complete it on time, but sometimes I miss deadlines. Work or family commitments sometimes prevent me from completing class assignments.
I tend to put things off until the last minute. Or some things are either more pressing or more interesting than completing coursework on time.


12. When something goes wrong with my computer, I feel that
it is something that complicates my day, but it doesn't strongly impact my mood or my ability to work around the problem.
it is extremely frustrating. I have little patience for disruptions or have no time for unexpected technology difficulties.
it is somewhat annoying and frustrating. I get anxious when I can't complete work or projects because of unexpected technical difficulties.




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