Career Aptitude Tests

Written by Serena Berger
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Career aptitude tests can combine the fun of personality tests with the useful components of skills and knowledge tests. Often, career aptitude tests are administered in high schools through college or university's career counseling centers in order to help young people make good choices about what studies to pursue. The focus is often less on exactly what you know now and more on what tendencies you display, and what fields would make the most of your personality and natural talents.

For example, you're less likely to be asked to solve a complex mathematical problem, and more likely to think through a word problem that relies on the abstract concepts which you would formalize if you later took advanced math classes. You're also likely to be asked questions about what you would rather do in any given scenario--from taking care of animals to keeping your personal space neat. Believe it or not, there's probably a job out there for a messy person who likes to work irregular hours, is good at working independently but not as much on teams, and aced physics but couldn't pay attention in history classes to save his life.

Career Aptitude Tests Facilitate Lateral Moves and New Careers

Even if you missed the opportunity to take career aptitude tests the first time around, you may find that they are helpful a few years down the road. Some companies offer you the opportunity to take aptitude tests, either when you apply for a position, or if you'd like to change jobs within the company. Often, companies will offer training for positions that they want to fill in a new field, such as programming with a new software package, and consider the results of aptitude tests when choosing employees to move into the new jobs that are available.

Of all the types of employment related tests you might take, aptitude tests should be the least intimidating. While there are likely to be some questions you can't answer, that's to be expected, because very few people are equally good at everything. The good news is that a good aptitude test will highlight where you excel, and that will help you find a job that's right for you.

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