“Talk Test” Put to the Test

Ace Talk Test: What Is it?

The Ace Talk Test (AT) is a common method used to determine if someone is capable of performing well in conversation. It consists of two parts: the first part involves asking questions and answering them; the second part involves responding to those questions with answers. If you are unable to answer correctly or provide incorrect responses, then you will not be able to perform well in conversation.

There are three types of AT:

1. Direct Questioning – This type of AT asks direct questions, which means they do not go into details.

They ask simple questions such as “What’s your name?” or “Where are you from?”

. These types of questions require no detailed response since they have already been answered. You need to be able to tell what the person wants to say without having to read their mind or listen carefully.

2. Indirect Questioning – This type of AT asks questions that lead to more detail.

For example, instead of asking “What’s your name?”, you might ask “How old are you?” or “Do you live here now?”

These types of questions require more than just an answer. You must be able to give specific details about yourself.

3. Response-Based Questions – This type of AT requires the recipient to respond to your question before giving any sort of answer.

These are usually posed as a statement and require the respondent to affirm.

For example, you might say “You like pizza, don’t you?”

and then wait for them to respond before going on.

The AT test has also been altered slightly so that there are four types:

1. Yes/No Questions – This type poses questions that can either be answered with a “yes” or a “no”.

2. Wh- Questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How) – These types of questions begin with the words “who”, “what”, “where”, “when”, “why”, and “how”.

These questions require an explanation.

3. Open-Ended Questions – This type asks you closed ended questions that require a detailed answer.

4. Complex Answer Questions – This type requires you to respond to questions that entail more than just a simple answer.

How Is AT Administered?

The AT is given at the lowest, or easiest level to begin with. If the test subject answers all of the questions correctly, then they are moved on to the next level of difficulty. However, if they cannot answer the question correctly, then they are given another question at that same level until they can. If after three tries they still cannot answer it correctly, they are eliminated from the selection process.

What If the AT Is Inaccurate?

Even the best tests have been known to be inaccurate. This test in particular has proven to have a very low success rate if the person being tested is a sociopath or has otherwise “rehearsed” their answers. This is why it is important to give the test subject the questions in advance so they will know exactly what is expected of them.

The AT is also unable to test certain personality types such as sociopaths or those with similar anti-social characteristics. These types of people are typically un-phased by questions of a moral nature and tend to give incorrect or inappropriately honest answers. While these people could make good soldiers, their personal lack of integrity would cause them to be unsuccessful in the position of a leader.

What About Intelligence?

While the AT does not test for intelligence, the training that is given afterward does. Each successful candidate will be immersed in an intense training course that will not only teach them the necessary survival skills for the position, but will also educate them on their new government and its policies and procedures.

The training is long and difficult so only the best of the best are chosen. Those who do not make the grade in the initial AT test are removed from consideration during the training process.

“The average man…has the power to echo a Big Bang.”

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Did You Know?

During World War II, ad campaigns encouraged women to donate their engagement rings for the war effort. The metal from the rings would be used to make ammunition.

Facts like this are not included in the History tests, but they may come in handy during the GED test.


A Periodic Table of History

World War II occurred during the last Century and involved most of the world’s superpowers. It was a time of great technological advances, some of which have contributed to major changes in our present-day lives.

The 1900’s saw massive changes in society. Most of the world was ruled by Monarchs at the beginning of the century but by its end, democracy was becoming more and more common.

The culture of an age is often just as important as the events that take place during that time. The 1900’s were no exception. Mass media became commonplace, new forms of music were introduced, and artworks that had never been seen before filled galleries around the world.

Here are some important dates from the last Century…


The Great Fire of London. While not as devastating as the Great Fire of 1666, this fire still destroyed a large swathe of the city. The majority of the damage was concentrated in the city’s waterfront and oldest areas.

Many priceless historical buildings were destroyed but some survived. One of the more famous structures was the Globe Theater where William Shakespeare once performed. It was rebuilt soon after the fire.

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Validity of the talk test for exercise prescription after myocardial revascularization by R Zanettini, P Centeleghe, C Franzelli… – European journal of …, 2013 – journals.sagepub.com

Graded cycling test combined with the talk test is responsive in cardiac rehabilitation by SG Nielsen, A Vinther – Journal of cardiopulmonary …, 2016 – ingentaconnect.com

Test talk: Integrating test preparation into reading workshop by AH Greene, GD Melton – 2007 – books.google.com

New UNH Data Tests The Exercise” Talk Test” by B Potier – 2011 – scholars.unh.edu