Your Morse Aptitude is your personal ability to learn Morse Code and some find it easier than others to learn. Most armed forces professional Morse operators would have taken a Morse aptitude test before they started learning, this is because the government did not want to spend lots of money training someone who was going to find it very difficult to learn. If you failed the aptitude test you were redirected to another occupation.
So what is the Morse Aptitude test and do you have to know some Morse Code to take it? The answer to the Morse question is NO! The test is to see if you can differentiate been two similar sounds, this generally consists of a pair of similar Morse characters sent with 1 second spacing at 20wpm and you have the choice of putting down either “The Same” or “Different” then there is a gap of about 5 seconds before the next pair, your are certainly not expected to say what character it was. In my own experience this test was conducted over a period of 10 minutes.
It would be alright to give a test to a new learner to assess their aptitude before teaching them, as you would have a reasonable idea if they were going to be OK or not. Sometimes it is kinder to tell them that they were going to find it very difficult to learn, letting them known it would be a very hard struggle and not worth the effort.
This now brings us into the quagmire of slow Morse, is the student struggling because of a low aptitude score or are they struggling because of they way they have been taught? I think that Colin M5FRA’s comment on my posting “Still Counting?” can answer part of this.
There is no need to think about giving up learning Morse, as I know a G4 station who failed the Morse Aptitude test in the forces, only to pass the 12wpm test later in life which proves determination can win through. The pity is that this station has only worked SSB since getting his Morse Ticket and has no intrest in using it.