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The Aptitude Test
The Aptitude Test
Season 3, Episode 41a
Written by: Antoinette Stella
Air date: October 14, 1998
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The Aptitude Test is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


Helga thinks she's dim because she failed an aptitude test at school, only to discover she received Harold's test score, and vice versa.


Mr. Simmons' class prepares to take an aptitude test and it is mentioned that no other student has achieved a higher score than Olga Pataki. Later on, when Eugene is carrying the test papers, he accidentally drops them which scatters across the floor. In a state of panic, he scoops all of the tests back into random folders which leads to a mix up. It is announced to Harold and his parents that he received a very high score which leads him to believe that he is smart. Meanwhile, Helga has difficulty accepting and coping with the fact that she received such a low test score. This makes her feel like she is dumb. However, near the end of the episode, Mr. Simmons and the school officials realize that the tests had somehow been mixed up and are able to figure out which tests belong to which student. It soon turns out that Helga's test and Harold's test got mixed up. Mr. Simmons goes to Helga's house and explains to Bob about the mistake. Bob asks if it will cost him anything more concerned about that then really Helga's status on the test. Helga then snaps out of being dumb, and sees that she has potential to do anything, her poetry will leave a mark for the future. Mr. Simmons then goes to Harold's home and explains about the mix up. Harold is distraught saying he's dumb as a bag of hammers. Mr. Simmons explains that he didn't actually take the test, but he really applied himself this week and that he has the potental to do anything if he put his mind to it. The episode ends with Helga in her closet, writing poetry in front of her artistic shrine. 



  • Mr. Simmons discovered he wanted to be a teacher after taking the aptitude test as a student.
  • Brainy also got “Woodsperson” as a result.
  • Helga tells Mr. Simmons that she learned her new country accent from the Clampetts, including Jed and Ellie Mae, who are characters from the show The Beverly Hillbillies.
  • When Stinky asks Harold to read the title of the Ornamental Horticulture magazine, the price can be seen to be $1 in United States currency, and $10 in Canadian currency.
  • When Gerald is acting like a talk show host's sidekick he references Ed McMahon.
  • Big Bob mentions watching "The Wheel" in this episode. He is also seen watching it in "Arnold's Halloween" and "Big Bob's Crisis."
  • This episode is one of the only episodes to use computer animation in the episode.


  • When Gerald first acts like a talk show host's sidekick, his mouth does not move.

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