The time after class X exams is a defining period to shape the career of a student. Though it’s time to fulfill your dreams, but in the absence of guidance and awareness about the aptitude, most students fail to think beyond medical, non-medical, humanities and commerce streams.
To understand capabilities, weaknesses and strengths of a child, some schools and private centres are conducting aptitude tests. The test helps in choosing a stream based on the abilities of a child. This is an indicator, or a measurement tool to analyse the real potential.
The CBSE had introduced aptitude assessment for class X students in 2011. The board conducted the test till 2016, but it has not been conducted for the past two years.
Gautam Sushant, director of a counselling centre in Chandigarh, said, “Nearly two-three students take the aptitude test every day. After the test, students are counselled. This test generally costs about Rs 5,000 and when conducted in schools, the cost is Rs 1,000-1,500.”
He added, “The success rate of the test can be assessed by the fact that students who are doing good in their respective fields come with siblings or refer it to their relatives.”
“We conduct the test in most schools in Chandigarh and in Himachal Pradesh. The three-hour long test is designed to measure one's abilities in different fields, such as verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, mechanical reasoning, and space relations,” he added.
Revathi Srinivasan, a student counsellor from Bengaluru, said, “These aptitude tests are very helpful if conducted properly. It helps a student to choose the subjects wisely. The CBSE students take the test after Class X and ICSE students take it after Class VIII.”
She was of the view that the test conducted individually is accurate, but in groups, the purpose gets deceived. “The test is also conducted online to get away with the tedious process,” she added.
Reena Kapoor, mother of two, said, “My daughter Jahnvi, who is in Class XII now, wanted to study medical just because her brother was a medical student. We were not sure, so we suggested her to take the test. After taking the test and counselling, she chose humanities. She made the best choice and now wants to pursue psychology honours. The test helped her to realise her potential.”
Meenu Arora, counselling psychologist with Sanskriti School, New Delhi, said keeping in view the success rate, the aptitude test has been made compulsory in their school. “The aptitude includes three steps: test, report and individual counselling. We interact with a student and parents, ask for a feedback and so far the results have been satisfactory,” said Arora.