Required for OTA Application
Part I – Academic Aptitude
Academic aptitude as measured by the total (combined subtests), might be thought of as a type of
ability to learn. The test content is specifically adapted for appraising the combination of innate and
acquired abilities that are needed for work of an academic nature. The academic aptitude total
emphasizes familiar experiences and concepts while requiring careful reasoning and the capacity to
comprehend and draw conclusions.
The Verbal aspect consists of vocabulary-related test questions. Empirical evidence has shown
this type of test item to be highly related to academic success.
The numerical aspect consists of items drawing largely from arithmetic. To some degree, it
involves skill with arithmetical concepts along with computational speed. The content of the numerical
items is that to which practically all eighth grade students have been exposed.
The nonverbal aspect consists of test items calling for a comprehension of form
relationships. Measurement is in terms of the ability to manipulate “things” mentally, to reason out
differences in pictured objects, and to deal with concrete materials through visualization. Recognition of
relationships and of differences has been shown by research to be basic to learning aptitude.
Part II – Spelling
The spelling test measures skill with a tool essential to written expression or communication. It also
reflects educational achievement in basic tools of learning.
Part III – Reading Comprehension
This test measures ability to understand direct statements, interpret written content, see the authors
intent, observe organization of ideas, and to extract information from written material with respect to
ideas and purposes; thus to read and comprehend what is read.
Part IV – Information in the Natural Sciences
Measurement with this test concerns accumulation of information in the natural sciences, i.e., biology,
chemistry, health, safety, etc., at a fundamental level. The relationship of knowledge in the area of the
natural sciences to the course of study of the allied health educational program is an obvious one.
Part V – Vocational Adjustment Index
The person’s characteristic life style is reflected in his or her distinctive educational and occupational
adjustment. Feelings, attitudes, opinions, and other personality characteristics and behavioral traits,
which may be quite acceptable in many situations, may not be those desirable for the prospective
healthcare professional either as a student or as a practitioner.
Vocation Adjustment Index is 90 questions in 15 Minutes.
Total Time for Sections is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Additional time for set up and instruction, at the beginning.
Highest Raw Score is 260.
Typical Cut-off Score is 150.