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. 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.


2. As a reader, I would describe my interest and abilities as follows:
I don't find reading to be very effective for me. I learn best by doing things, not reading.
I enjoy reading for classes and for pleasure. I usually understand textbooks without too much additional explaination.
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.


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


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


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


6. When something goes wrong with my computer, I feel that
it is somewhat annoying and frustrating. I get anxious when I can't complete work or projects because of unexpected technical difficulties.
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.


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


8. If I am having difficulty with an assignment
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.
I struggle with it for a while, and if I can't figure it out myself then I ask for help.


9. 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.


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


11. When I have an assignment or homework
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 try to complete it on time, but sometimes I miss deadlines. Work or family commitments sometimes prevent me from completing class assignments.
I consistently complete it on time or ahead of time.


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




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