Psychometric testing is not really a new innovation, however it is only now becoming more and more commonly used by career psychologists. Psychometric evaluation is a kind of testing that relies solely on objective test results, based on answers provided by the student taking the tests. This differs from the one-on-one interview phase which takes into consideration subjective factors, and can be influenced by external stimuli. Career psychologists never rely only on psychometric testing to come to a valid conclusion, both results from psychometric and subjective evaluation are taken into consideration when presenting feedback to a student.
What Exactly Do Psychometric Tests Evaluate
There are obviously a huge array of psychometric tests available, each testing different areas, and targeted at different characteristics. The test you take to decide on a career path with be a more generalised test, covering all the bases. If, however, you are applying to a certain faculty, the tests you are made to take will be related to that field, and the strengths needed to succeed in that career.
Aptitude and ability tests will test your general aptitude at numeracy, and literacy. Your problem solving abilities are measured. Reasoning skills in both maths and literacy are also gauged. There are certain tests that will meter your abstract reasoning as well as spatial reasoning.
These tests aren’t in place to pass of fail, they are a measure of where your strengths lie, and where you show weakness. Based on the results, it will indicate to which career your characteristics, at present, are best suited. Obviously a weakness in numerical reasoning for instance, won’t hold you in good stead to follow a career in accounting. It must always be remembered that the results of any one test, are not the conclusive decider in what you do for the rest of your life. You will find that as you take the tests repeatedly, your abilities may adjust. It is for this very reason, that career psychologists also use subjective results to come to their final feedback. A particular student may show such immense passion for a field in which they don’t have the strengths to pull it off, this, however, doesn’t mean they will never be successful at it. Passion is sometimes all the driving power one needs to better the areas where you must show strength. On the other hand, a student may show such extreme strength in areas relating to a career path, however, they didn’t even have an inkling that this was something that may be an option for them. Many students are unaware of talents they may have hidden deep inside, simply because of society, peer pressure, and the need to fit into the crowd.
Personality and Behaviour Testing
It is common knowledge that certain positions and career do need a certain kind of person, in order for success to be achieved. It is no use being someone who has no ability to lead a group put in a managerial position. Yes, they may have all the intelligence and aptitude necessary, but without that personality trait is just isn’t going to happen.
Personality testing, and behaviour testing are in place to find out exactly what kind of person you are in different situations. How you interact with others, or react to the actions of others goes a long way in indicating whether you are a team player, or one who thrives working alone. Stress and pressure situations are more and more prevalent in most work positions and careers these day. These tests will evaluate how you function when the stress builds, or the pressure is on. Some people thrive in these situations and it seems to fuel their productivity, while other seem to shrink and fade into the wallpaper, cracking at the slightest bit of stress. This in itself is a huge factor to take into consideration when selecting a career path.
Tips To Master Your Psychometric Evaluation and Reap The Benefits
Let’s face it, nobody like a test, at the best of times. Psychometric and personality tests are somewhat different from the norm. It doesn’t matter if you finished your school year off top of the class, or simply adequate, this has no bearing on how you will fair in psychometric analysis. The tests are based on general knowledge and a wide scope of topics that may or may not be related to each other, or to anything you have ever studied in the past.
Reading different forms of literature is a great way to improve your overall general knowledge, and increase your vocabulary. Do crosswords, word searches, or any other word riddles you can find. Anything that gets your brain active, and improves you literacy skills. The same goes for numeracy. Sudoku, word sums, number riddles, these are all helpful in expanding how your brain views numeracy, and improving your reasoning and deduction skills, as well as problem-solving abilities.
Practice online tests before your big appointment. You will find that as you go from test to test, you become accustomed to the kinds of question being asked, and the way in which they are asked. Your scores will improve as time passes and by the time the big day arrives, you’ll be fully prepared and have mastered the art of psychometric test taking.
Take the tests under time constraints, as you would need to in the actual test environment. Don’t become disheartened if you can’t finish the tests, they are designed so that only about 2% of people can complete them. You will be scored on what you have completed. In many of the tests you have to complete one answer, in order to move to the next question. If you don’t know an answer, don’t waste time, take an educated guess, and move on to what you can answer with confidence.
These may seem like small things, however, they can have a vast impact on how you approach psychometric testing, and on your results at the end of the day. Keep in mind that nobody is there to dictate to you what you must do with your life, they are simply there to guide you on a path where success in most likely going to be achieved. If you passion lies elsewhere, let that passion drive you to greatness in what you want to do.