General vs. Specific Aptitude Tests
A general aptitude test is similar to an intelligence test in that they measure a broad range of cognitive abilities.
Researchers found that while general aptitude is a valid and effective indicator of performance, specific aptitudes add more predictive power in narrower subjects.
Both specific and general aptitude tests are useful in selection practices. General aptitude tests evaluate a candidate’s potential to learn and adapt, and specific aptitude tests are suited for more focused predictions.