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General Learning Ability is an aptitude, commonly referred to as the "G" score, defined as the ability to "catch on" or understand instructions and underlying principles; ability to reason and make judgements. Closely related to doing well in school. "G" score is often used by Vocational Rehabilitation evaluators and counselors as a factor for determining a person's likelihood of success in a two- or four-year college program. In assessments such as the U.S. Department of Labor's General Aptitude Test Battery (G.A.T.B.) and the Vocational Research Institute's Careerscope, a person's General Learning Ability score is determined by a combination of subsets of Pattern Visualization, Word Meanings and Numerical Reasoning.


The aptitude General Learning Ability is related to the use of logic or scientific facts to define problems and draw conclusions; make decisions and judgments; or plan and supervise the work of others. Specific job tasks that might require high General Learning Ability include: diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries; use facts to solve a crime; plan the layout of a computer network; inspect and test engine parts.

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