Remember school? It’s that place where we used to go to get an education before we all just started doing our own research by trawling Facebook groups and clicking through to page 17 of Google search results until we found an opinion that confirmed our pre-existing world view.
It’s also the place where we would study really hard to remember information, regurgitate it in a test and then completely forget everything we had just learned within 48 hours. However, there’s one test that VCE students do every year that they can’t really study for called the General Aptitude Test (GAT) which tests their ‘general aptitude’ in literacy, numeracy, creative thinking and general knowledge. You know, general aptitude stuff.
The test, which every VCE student will undertake in September, has been revamped, and, for the first time, a student’s score will now be recorded on their graduating certificate to be made available to prospective employers. That’s right, these kids’ future bosses might look at their GAT results alongside their resumes and cover letters. That’s how competitive the current job market is. Society is only a week away from bosses demanding applicants supply their finger paintings from kindergarten to see if they have the skills necessary to work at Starbucks.
The sample questions for the revamped test have just been released, which means you – a fully grown adult – can now test yourself to see if you are smart enough to complete high school. Unfortunately, if you fail the test, there are no actual consequences. However, we would recommend if you can’t answer these questions, that you immediately re-enrol yourself into your nearest high school until you are smart enough to pass the test. We can’t have people walking around without enough general aptitude.
The sample questions contain some hypothetical scenarios that test students’ comprehension skills of a negative hotel review, a website forum for apprentices and even a ticket for a concert. There’s also a question about how long a fence is. Of course, if students fail these questions, there could be real-world consequences when they leave school. They could accidentally book a bad hotel, enrol in the wrong apprenticeship, arrive late to a concert or fail to properly fence their property, allowing stray dogs and cats to poo on their lawns. So, yes, it’s very important that they are able to answer these questions before heading out into the real world.
If you want to test yourself, you can do so here: https://www.smh.com.au/interactive/hub/media/tearout-excerpt/6760/SAMPLEGATnewquestions.pdf
Fortunately, a lot of these questions are multiple-choice, so here’s a little tip that got this writer through high school: when in doubt, always go for C.