ERIC Number: ED033409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Rationale for Use of the General Aptitude Test Battery with Secondary School Students.
Adams, Walter W.
Including the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) in a school testing program should be the result of careful planning and formulation of goals. The investment may, however, be worth the advantages that can be achieved by providing students with information that may help them formulate individual educational and vocational goals and make related decisions. Dangers to the use of the GATB do exist: (1) it could become a tool for screening and placement of students, and (2) it could be used on a "crisis" basis, just prior to the need for making choices. Test experiences should be planned well in advance of a decision point, allowing the student time to consider, evaluate, and assimilate new information learned about himself and the possible relevance this information has to his goals and the choices open to him. Some of the ways a counselor could use the GATB are to: (1) help students develop greater self understanding, (2) help students to understand possible aptitude strengths, and (3) help students to relate test performance to educational and vocational information. (Author/KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.; Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Guidance and Testing.
Identifiers: General Aptitude Test Battery
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 30--April 3, 1969