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Applied Technology Series

SHL Talent Measurement Solutions

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Test Review Summary

Test Name:Applied Technology Series
Author of Original Test: D. Hawkey and T. Borkowski
Local test distributor / publisher:SHL Group Ltd
Date of Current Review:2003
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:01 Mar 2006
Type of Test:Specific aptitude battery
Main Area of Use:Work and Occupational
Constructs Measured:Following Instructions
Numerical Estimations
Mechanical Comprehension
Fault Finding
Spatial Checking
Diagrammatic Thinking
Administration Mode:Supervised Group administration
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of Test:The ATS contains six tests designed specifically to supplement those available in the TTB (see separate review) and assess skills for working in the high-technology sector of the job market (mechanical and electronic engineering, process control, high-technology production and assembly, computer-aided design operatives, etc.). The six tests fall into two groups. The first three are designed to measure more general aptitudes and are for candidates with just basic formal educational qualifications. These include ‘Following Instructions’ (VTS1, 36 items, 20 min. time limit); ‘Numerical Estimation’ (NTS2, 40 items, 10 min. time limit) and ‘Mechanical Comprehension’ (MTS3, 36 items, 15 min. time limit). The other three tests are more specific and are aimed at candidates with moderate levels of educational attainment (e.g. good GCSEs, good CSFs, or ‘0’ levels). These include ‘Fault Finding’ (FTS4, 36 items, 20 min. time limit); ‘Spatial Checking’ (STS5, 40 items, 15 min. time limit) and ‘Diagrammatic Thinking’ (DTS6, 36 items, 20 min. time limit). The latter three tests employ some fairly novel item types while the former three use more traditional ones.


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