Let me begin with testing and my own personal memories of that, some of which are still strong although I took my last class for credit in 1979 and defended my dissertation in 1981. There are many things I’ve learned subsequently and have since forgotten. But some of these memories of testing remain strong. Why is that? And is it good or bad.
Let me start with the SAT. I took it twice. The first time, I had a broken right arm which was in a cast not quite up to the elbow. I was nervous that it would affect my ability to fill in the bubble sheets. After I got my scores I joked that it only adversely affected my score on the Verbal, not the Math. At the time, there was a lot of emphasis on the word “aptitude” in the SAT name and that the test measured aptitude. I got a 790 on the Math. I assume that means one question wrong, but I don’t really know that. The next memory is blurred between that test, the next time I took the SAT, and GRE, but on at least one of those exams there was a question on Roman Numerals. To this day, I don’t remember which is the Roman Numeral for 500 and which for 1000. I’m ok with Roman Numerals up to 100 but not beyond that. So I likely garbled the M and the D, and got that question wrong. But there is no way that was an indicator of aptitude. After all, you can look these things up. I’ll get back to that in a bit.