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Achievement test

An achievement test is a standardized test that is designed to measure an individual's level of knowledge in a particular area. Unlike an aptitude test which measures a personís ability to learn something, an achievement test focuses specifically on how much a person knows about a specific topic or area such as math, geography, or science. One of the most well known achievement tests is the SAT, which is often used by college admission boards to determine who gets accepted to college. Unfortunately, schools often use the SAT to predict how well students will learn (or perform) in college, which means they are using an achievement test as though it was an aptitude test.

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