Aptitude Test


Why should businesses and schools use testing?

Testing provides the most objective measurement of an applicant’s knowledge, skills andabilities.This measurement provides an accurate and fair means to compare different applicants to each other and to the requirements of the job or program. It also allows schools to monitor students’ progress as they advance through the education process.

According to research conducted by the U.S. Employment Service and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, an enormous amount of human resource expense can be saved by using validated screening tests.


The SLE Helps New Horizons:

Evaluate training potential, place students in programs that suit learning speed and aptitude

Identify students who may need additional help in the classroom

Quickly identifies students who have the ability to be successful

Achieve the goals of stronger student performance and retention

About the test

New Horizons uses the Wonderlic Scholastic Exam (SLE). The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)is a short-form measure of cognitive ability (“ability to learn”)—the most powerful predictor of trainingand job success.

Given research and user experiences, the SLE is often used in educational settings to improve:

  • Student retention
  • Graduation rates
  • Employment placement rates
  • Student & instructor satisfaction

Scoring Results

Wonderlic utilizes the Department of Labor’s O*NET database as a framework for determining occupational minimum scores based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the position targeted by the educational training.

To assist New Horizons in setting minimum acceptable scores on the Scholastic Level Exam, Wonderlic has provided a list of O*NET titles and O*NET codes with the recommended SLE scores. The SLE minimum acceptable scores are determined by subtracting one standard deviation (i.e., 7 points) from the occupational minimum score in consideration of the skills and knowledge that individuals will acquire during the program. This determination is based on guidance provided by the Department of Education as well as additional research and feedback.