Aptitude tests are used in the education system in order to aid the student in selecting the academic areas in which they show a natural talent or aptitude. At age 14 the student is given a full bank of aptitude tests and their educational, physical and mental records are examined. The student is then told, based on the tests and records, the areas in which the candidate has shown an aptitude (always in a positive criticism, e.g. You have an aptitude for X, Y and Z, as opposed to saying you are good at X and Y but crap at A and B). The student is then advised of the areas in which they would probably (99%) excel and thus enjoy. Mathematics and English/Standard language are compulsory and thus the screening would show if the student requires further assistance. At age 16, after passing the GCSEs, or equivalent, the student wishing to study A-Levels would be screened with aptitude tests again to account for changes with age (people change as they grow up) and the candidate's GCSE results. The student is then advised again on what A-Levels they would seem to be most apt for. After A-Levels, the same process is used to advise the student on which degree course they would do best and get the best marks.
Thus, the summer before starting: GCSEs, A-Levels, Honours Degree courses etc. the student is given a full bank of aptitude tests in order to find out what the student is good at, and to see if the student requires help in either english or maths. No score is taken so student A cannot tease student B because they scored 14 points more. The absence of a general knowledge test helps to avoid cultural bias and keeps the tests multinational and avoids the aptitude tests being used as I.Q. tests and labelling the student. If a subject is not on the list of aptitudes, it merely means the student does not have an aptitude in that subject but, with further assistance, may perform that subject. The tests never preventor restrict the students range of choices. The tests are to tell the student what they are good at, never to tell them what they are bad ator that they are clever/stupid. If the student is ill at the time of the testing, unhappy with the results, or performs poorly then they can automatically resit the tests.
This system assists the student is selecting the education best suited to them, assisting them in selecting the best options and avoiding selecting courses to which they aren't as well suited.This system thus allows choice of course by aptitude and not merely "Good Vibes", "Hairs On The Back Of Neck" or "Little Angels and Devils" as has previously been the case.
the invention of transporters, shuttles and warp drive means that students aren't limited as to the location of their place of study. Thus a student born in Sheffield, England, may study in Russia, Africa, on the Moon or even on Vulcan. The advent of the Universal Translator and the U.F.P. standardised education system means that location of education has no limiting effects on the student, climate and atmosphere notwithstanding(!). With no money or material limitations, schools, colleges and universities have ample quantities of all the needed state-of-the-art equipment plus any other educational material required or desired.