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Online Aptitude Assessment:

Assess Your Readiness to Take an Online Course

This assessment is designed to provide you with information as to your possible success in an online course. You may want to print this assessment, so you can circle your answers and calculate your scores.

For each question, circle the answer that best matches your abilities. Use the scoring guide at the end of the test to calculate your score.

1. How do you rate your abilities to use a keyboard and mouse?

2. Do you like to read?

3. How much time per week do you have available to devote to an online course?

4. Do you know how to send and receive email, send and receive attachments, and download files to your computer?

5. Are you comfortable expressing your thoughts in writing?

6. I expect to spend:

7. If you experience any problems with your computer, do you know how to troubleshoot to get it operational again?

8. Are you good at working independently?

9. Enrolling in an online course means:

10. If you had any trouble finding the information you needed for your online course, you would:

11. Do you wait until the last minute and finish everything before the last day of class?

12. How much time would you expect to spend on group work in an online course?

 

Scoring Guide

Write the letter of each answer you chose next to the appropriate question in the grid below (i.e., if you chose answer "b" for Question 1, write a "b" next to Question 1 in the grid).

Total the number of "a", "b," and "c" answers for each column in the spaces provided at the bottom of the grid.

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Column 1 Scoring Guide:

If you chose 3-4 "a" answers, it appears you have the technical skills needed to take an online course.

If you chose 0-2 "a" answers, you may need to build your technical skills before you take an online course. Look over the questions on the quiz to see what area(s) you most need to address (typing and mouse skills, email and download skills, troubleshooting, or locating online information). You may want to increase your technical skills by finding tutorials, training sessions, or other resources to help you practice your computer and online skills.


Column 2 Scoring Guide:

If you chose 3-4 "a" answers, it appears your learning style will help you be successful in an online course.

If you chose 0-2 "a" answers, your learning style might be better suited to an on-ground or other type of course. Look over the questions on the quiz to see what attribute(s) of your learning style you need to consider before enrolling in an online course (reading and learning preferences, writing skills, motivation, or procrastination).


Column 3 Scoring Guide:

If you chose 3-4 "a" answers, it appears your expectations towards online learning will help you be successful in an online course.

If you chose 0-2 "a" answers, you might want to examine your expectations before taking an online course. Look over the questions on the quiz to see what expectation(s) you might need to reconsider (time devoted to an online course, logging into an online course, reasons for taking an online course).

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