General Nursing Council
recruitment and selection guidelines requires passing of an aptitude test by
candidates wishing to train as nurses, a prerequisite that has been received
with mixed feelings due to the high failure rate inherent with the test. The
investigator therefore undertook the study to determine if there was any relationship
with passing of the aptitude test and the performance of students during
A purposive, retrospective review
of records was done and IBM SPSS statistical package, version 20 was used to
The findings revealed that passing
the aptitude test, was not indicative of definite subsequent passing of the
nursing courses by students. In conclusion
passing aptitude test was not a determinant of ability of student to
pass their nursing examinations.
Keywords: Aptitude, performance, nursing
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