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


2. 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.


3. When I have an assignment or homework
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.
I consistently complete it on time or ahead of time.


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


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


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


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


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


9. 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.


10. 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.


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


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




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