Abilities test doesn't level playing field

As someone who has taken the General Ability Test (GAT), I agree with Ms Maria Loh Mun Foong that it assesses applicants' responding ability, problem-solving ability and learning capacity ("Add abilities test to PSLE score"; May 20).

However, I do not think it will especially benefit lower-income families or level the playing field.

There are already tuition centres that help students prepare for the GAT, and parents will send their children for such lessons to help them score better ("Abilities test only adds stress" by Mr Leong Kok Seng; yesterday). This will result in students having even less time for leisure and rest.

Ultimately, the GAT is, after all, a test, and students will feel stressed.

Perlyn Chew Jie Ying, 16,

Secondary 4 student


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2016, with the headline 'Abilities test doesn't level playing field'. Print Edition | Subscribe