RWTH Self-Assessment Tests Ranked Among the Best Nationally

15/07/2016

Online Self Assessments help prospective students to choose the right course of study.

According to a study by the GEP Gesellschaft fr Evaluation und Prognose, the Self Assessment tests offered by RWTH Aachen are among the best online tests nationally.

Such self assessments help individuals who want to take up university study to realistically assess their abilities. The test results offer them a good opportunity to orient themselves on the choice of their future course of study. They can test their aptitude for a subject field and become more familiar with its particular challenges.

Only three German universities, including RWTH, offer online tests that are able to accurately predict whether a prospective student will succeed in a certain field of study. You can find an overview of the best self assessment tests on the Bildung & Begabung (de) website.

Often, such tests are not suited to guide prospective students in the decision making process, according to the study. Another finding is that only 61percent of the assessment tests under evaluation were developed under academic guidance.

"At RWTH, we have regular empirical quality control measures in place,” says Professor Marold Wosnitza from the Chair of School Pedagogy and Empirical Research, who has been head of the Self-Assessment project at RWTH Aachen since 2012. “The quality we achieve is based on the fact that we have the broadest empirical basis nationally. This guarantees that our results are reliable, and that a good decision can be made based on these results.”

"Bildung & Begabung" Talent Support

The study was commissioned by the Stifterverband association and the “Bildung & Begabung” („Education and Aptitude“) talent support center of the federal and state governments. The center seeks to help young individuals to discover their strengths through non-school competitions and academies, regardless of their individual backgrounds and school education.

The association receives funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. The initiative is under the patronage of Federal President Joachim Gauck.

Source: Press & Communications