I have scoured the internet looking for something on this topic, but have found next to nothing. I am wondering if anyone out there knows of any good Testing Aptitude tests? How about Testing Skill-Set Tests or inventories?
I came across a nice presentation on the web from a conference - not sure which conference. The presentation was made by the National Software Alliance (by the way, anyone know how to contact this group? My web searches have turned up nothing). The presentation talked about how to make americans more trained and equipped to take on software development and testing roles to address what they detailed as the current Software Worker Shortage. One of the key items they propose was a way to identify people who would potentially make good developers or testers through aptitude testing. Try as I might, I can't find anything other than that presentation to see if they made any progress with that initiative.
Thanks in advance for anyone's help!
[This message has been edited by hshendon (edited 03-05-2003).]
Two things you'll want to test are attention to detail and logical (critical) thinking.
Attention to detail would be something like the "how many f's in this sentence" question (sorry, can't remember the sentence but it had a lot of "of"'s in it). The only problem is, many people have seen these sorts of questions so you may be testing their memory rather than their attention to detail.
You should be able to find logic problems on the web. Also, some questions are posted in our ChitChat forum here from time to time. Same thing goes for these questions - many people know the answer simply because they've seen the question before.
Almost all testers at my last job came in completely green. Funny tho, they were better testers than the veterans I currently work with. One reason may be that the screening process at my last job included testing their logical aptitude and their attention to detail?