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Schools To Conduct Year 6 Aptitude Test Next Year

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 17 (Bernama) — Starting next year, the Year 6 Aptitude Test will be administered by schools, said Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

He said this year was the last year the centralised Year 6 Aptitude Test was conducted after the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).

Speaking at a media conference to announce the 2015 UPSR Results analysis here Tuesday, Khair said the aptitude test which measures the level of capability and mental readiness of pupils is conducted before they enter secondary schools.

He said the potential of students would be reported based on the skills to think, solve problems, as well as to decide on the interests and inclinations of pupils in academic, technical and vocational education as well as in arts, culture, social or sports.

“The test information is very useful to parents and teachers to assist pupils in making their choices in secondary education apart from enabling to realise the potential of pupils academically via their UPSR results,” he said.

“I need to clarify that the aptitude test report is not stated in the UPSR results slip but they can be obtained from the school,” he said.

According to a Education Ministry officer, the dates for aptitude test will be decided by the school management starting 2016.

Prior to this, the aptitude test is held within the UPSR examination schedule.

Meanwhile, Khair said the implementation of the first cohort of School Based Assessment (PBS) will be in Year 6 in 2016 in line with the Malaysian Education Blueprint (PPPM) second wave.


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Ujian Aptitud dalam UPSR

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) ingin merujuk kepada SMS ‘MOSAI’ dalam ruangan SMS dalam akhbar Berita Harian bertarikh 28 April 2010 – “HARAP Kementerian Pelajaran kaji semula hala tuju ujian Aptitud dalam UPSR. Membazir

KPM berterima kasih kepada pembaca terhadap pandangan yang dikemukakan berkaitan dengan Ujian Aptitud bagi pelajar UPSR.

Lembaga Peperiksaan ingin menegaskan bahawa pelaksanaan Ujian Aptitud yang mula diperkenalkan dalam Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah 2009 bukanlah pembaziran. Ujian Aptitud merupakan sebahagian ujian psikometrik yang dilaksanakan untuk mengenali potensi diri murid dari sudut kemahiran berfikir, kemahiran menyelesaikan masalah dan membuat keputusan, tahap minat serta kecenderungan murid.

Maklumat yang diperoleh melalui Ujian Aptitud adalah penting dan boleh digunakan oleh KPM khususnya para guru bagi meningkatkan mutu pengajaran dan pembelajaran di sekolah terutamanya bagi murid yang akan meneruskan pembelajaran di peringkat menengah.

KPM juga bersedia mengambilkira pandangan pelbagai pihak agar pelaksanaan ujian Aptitud dikaji supaya dapat memenuhi pelbagai keperluan bagi tujuan pembangunan pendidikan murid-murid. Sesungguhnya pencapaian murid dalam pelajaran adalah menjadi keutamaan KPM dan Ujian Aptitud yang dilaksanakan merupakan antara langkah untuk menambahbaik pembelajaran murid.

Unit Komunikasi Korporat,
Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia.

Result of Aptitude test conducted during UPSR

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

This is a clear indication that our pupils lack problem solving skills and decisions making skills!  Also to be noted is the fact that 24.62% have below average (Band 1 and 2) skills in thinking!

This definitely is a reflection of the education system we now have!  Our children are taught to memorize facts and regurgitate them out for examinations!  It is time we change this type of teaching and evaluation!

While at the topic of the UPSR results, one should also note that improvement in performances by pupils in Science and Mathematics, although taught in English shows that the Minister of Education in deciding to revert to teaching these two subjects is premature and wrong!  The results speaks volumes!  However, I doubt he will change for his decision is a political one and one social and economic based!

Education in Malaysia had suffered because lots of decisions made on policy was political rather than social economic needs!  For 52 years we suffered and will continue to suffer if leaders make educational policies based on politics!  Changes that are now slowly coming along are too slow and would face further reverting in future when new political leaders take over!

The following are my observations for changes:

1. The approach of teaching our children must have a thorough overhaul!  We need to be pupil-centric and train them in skills of thinking and decision making!  Thus, teacher training must also be overhaul and better teachers recruited and weak ones sacked or given early retirement!

2. The whole examination system (I know it is slowly being changed) must be revamped!  More emphasis must be given to research papers rather than regurgitating of facts!

3.  Education must be for the economic and social needs rather than for narrow nationalistic needs!  It must be global in outlook and the more foreign languages we encourage our students to learn the better.

4.  In this perspective, all students, including Malays should be encouraged to learn English and one more language like Chinese, Tamil, Hindi, French, Spanish, etc. besides the National Language from Primary level!  Science and Mathematics, at least at secondary school level should be taught in English or the students language of choice!  This will allow students in secondary schools to use their second choice language more!

5.  Schools must allow for fast and slow learners.  Thus, better pupils must be allowed to finish school earlier and weaker ones retained and take a slower pace in completing formal education!

6.  All schools must be given similar facilities (no more step-child schools syndrome where Mission and non-national schools are not given infrastructure of similar type).  The argument that the land and buildings do not belong to the government is not valid.  Students and all if not mostly Malaysians and should have the same facilities and opportunities!

I hope others will comment on this and press for more stirring changes in our education system.

by Victor Chew.

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Aptitude Test.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The Aptitude Test is an effective instrument to predict the work performance of a candidate.  The test is beneficial in evaluating the candidate’s ability and efficiency in acquiring knowledge relevant to the job.

The test measures a candidate’s ability to solve problems using logic, data interpretation and mathematical concepts.  It is also used to test the candidate’s ability and understanding, as well as to evaluate their potential in executing basic administrative tasks such as planning and decision-making.The Aptitude Test is a written test where candidates are required to answer  objective questions and write essays.  One position where the Aptitude Test is required is the Administrative and Diplomatic Officer (Grade M41).

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Exams not the real test

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The Education Ministry has announced that Year Six students sitting for next month’s Primary School Assessment Test (UPSR) would have to sit for an Aptitude Test too. I have some reservations over the impact this additional test can have on our children.

The grading system for this particular test ranks from Very Good User (Band Six) to Extremely Limited User (Band One) like the Malaysian University English Test (MUET).

In other words, besides receiving grading for the UPSR examination subjects, the students would have to undergo another grading. Although the outcome of the Aptitude Test would not be included in the final result, I worry that this would become yet another labelling of the children.

The kids are graded for the subjects that they have learned at the primary school education level. Those who scored all As in the UPSR are often deemed bright or gifted. The more As they score, the more compliments, such as “smart” and “intelligent”, that they receive from society.

On the other hand, students who score less As or have none at all, would be referred to as “dull” or “stupid”, or even cursed as “idiotic”.

Imagine a group of students who have not done well in their UPSR examination and obtained moderate band in the Aptitude Test. How would they feel? Wouldn’t they feel like they would be labelled “stupid” by our education system and hence lose interest in their studies altogether?

Won’t they have a negative mindset from then onwards? Won’t this mindset then turn into a vicious circle in that if they still fail to get good results in secondary school, they will be even more demoralised?

I am quite sure that they would as I have personally been through this vicious circle when I was still in school.

A phobia for examinations haunted me throughout my schooling days until my very last exam in university. For me, examination is rigid and it can’t possibly reflect a learner’s progress.

My failure to do well in exams even prompted me to think negatively that examinations are merely part of a system that benefits students whose brains work like a photostat machine that copies and pastes everything from textbooks onto the test papers.

Those who fit this rigid system and score well were deemed “talented”, and for those who do not fit this system, have to forget about getting first class or second upper for their degrees (for their assignments score might not accumulate enough marks for an A).

As a person who have been through this phobia and earned negative remarks based on exams, I really do not wish to see our children suffer even more than I did.

Their sufferings will kill off their interest and creativity in studies.


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Pupils to sit for Aptitude Test on last day of UPSR

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

PETALING JAYA:  All Year Six pupils will have to sit for an Aptitude Test on the last day of their Primary School Assessment Test (UPSR) beginning next month.

The one-and-a-half hour IQ test would have 60 multiple choice (objective) questions based on three areas — thinking skills, problem solving and decision-making, and interests.

“The Aptitude Test grade will be listed in the UPSR slip but will not count towards the final result,” Education Department director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom told The Star.

“There is no need for pupils to attend any additional classes or tuition for the Aptitude Test as this is based on what they already know,” he said, adding that a letter on the test had already been sent to schools.

The test this year would be held at 2.15pm on the last day of the examination; UPSR will be held from Sept 8 to Sept 10.

Alimuddin said the test would be graded according to bands, similar to that of the Malaysian University English Test (MUET).

Under MUET, students are classified according to six bands or levels of achievement from Very Good User (Band Six) to Extremely Limited User (Band One).)

Alimuddin said pupils in national schools would sit for the test in Bahasa Malaysia while those in vernacular schools would have theirs in Chinese and Tamil respectively.

“This test is not for streaming into secondary schools but will let parents know their children’s skills in decision-making and problem solving.”

The ministry, he said, was steering away from an examination-oriented system, which emphasised academic achievements, to one that was holistic.

He said a pilot project on the Aptitude Test was held in 600 primary schools last year.

by Karen Chapman.

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Pupils poor in problem-solving skills

Friday, November 20th, 2009

PUTRAJAYA: The aptitude test which Year Six pupils sat for as part of the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) showed that their thinking skills were better than their problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said the aptitude test was introduced to discover pupils’ potential in terms of their thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills, as well as their interests.

“Pupils’ thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills were classified according to four bands from one to four, with four being the highest,” he told reporters when announcing the analysis of the UPSR 2009 results yesterday.

Alimuddin said pupils’ interest in academic, technical and vocational, art, sports, as well as cultural and social areas were ranked from one to five, with one showing their main inclination.

“Based on the data from the Aptitude Test, we found that 175,101 pupils or 34.34% obtained a band four in their thinking skills while only 29,084 or 5.7% achieved a similar band in problem-solving and decision-making skills,” he said.

Alimuddin said this showed that pupils should be given more training in these areas.

On pupils’ interest according to the test, he said the results showed that their main inclination was in the academic area at 39.21% followed by technical and vocational (29.25%), art (19.26%) cultural and social (9.72%) and sports fields (2.57%).

He said all Year Six pupils had to sit for the aptitude test on the last day of the UPSR.

The one-and-a-half hour test had 60 multiple choice questions. The grade they received was listed in the pupils’ UPSR results slip.

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