Aptitude Test Resources
A number of free, quick and "light" career aptitude tests are available online, e.g., the free 5-minute test at the Princeton Review. As one reviewer has suggested, some are better-often much better-than others.
By taking a career aptitude or general aptitude test, you can help determine your specific competencies or the degree to which you possess them and, with the test results, determine how these skills map into various types of jobs and whether you and the job are well-matched. Because there is a very wide range of design expertise, test reliability and validity associated aptitude tests and more informal quizzes, caution should be exercised in choosing and interpreting the results of any aptitude test, including career aptitude tests.
Moreover, many tests widely used to measure aptitude, e.g., the Miller Analogies Test for graduate studies, are highly dependent on achievement (e.g., vocabulary), culture (e.g., "croquet mallet is to ball as hockey stick is to X") or even mere practice (e.g., taking the test more than once). Moreover, some research has suggested that children's I.Q. scores can be boosted by playing a game called "Wff 'n Proof" or through the so-called "Mozart Effect" achieved by listening to Mozart's music).
There are several types of intelligence-related aptitudes people possess in varying degrees, including verbal, numerical, sensory, spatial, mechanical, logical, visual or auditory pattern-recognition, and analogical reasoning aptitudes. Although "E.Q." ("emotional intelligence") is increasingly discussed-especially in connection with career path management, definitions and tests of it have yet to be developed to the same level of refinement, uniformity, reliability and recognition associated with I.Q. tests.
Career aptitude tests are administered for a variety of reasons, such as career exploration and college major qualification. Employers often use these tests as initial screening devices to assist in finding the best fit for a given position within an organization. Post-secondary educational institutions administer several of these types of tests, including the S.A.T., A.C.T., G.R.E., G.M.A.T., L.S.A.T. and M.A.T. (Miller Analogies Test). Although these tests are used primarily as a basis for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs, it may be tactically advantageous to mention very high scores, e.g., on the L.S.A.T., in a career interview that is screening for those specific aptitudes.
It should also be noted that the majority of these tests are a combination of knowledge (achievement) and aptitude and should be prepared for ahead of time to maximize performance.
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