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It has always been people task to measure his physical traits- their height, weight and other attributes, but is it possible to measure one’s psychological traits as well? Traits such as personality, intelligence, attitude, and beliefs are important characteristics to measure and assess, ultimately leading to a substantial career decision.
These traits fundamentally relate to a person’s nature, aptitude, their inherent skills and talents, thereby endowing a tremendous help in making several big decisions of life through psychometric tests.
What are psychometric tests and why are they important?
Psychometric Testing (Career Assessment) is a scientific and standardized process carried out to evaluate a person’s aptitude and personality. The psychometric test basically outlines the strengths and weaknesses of students and highlights their aptitudes and interests. The catch is, their aptitudes and interests don’t necessarily have to match.
Psychometric tests include a trail of questions adjudging one’s intramural interest including reasoning questions, aptitude questions, ability-based questions, scenario-based questions, motivation questionnaires and personality profile questions. This is to say, it gives a full profile check of a person’s internal scheming by dwelling on each aspect of cognitive working abilities.
To make the right career choice, there needs to be an understanding of what course to take and if capabilities match interests. A student might want to get into architecture thinking he’s good at math and that drawing a building isn’t too difficult. However, in reality, there is much more to architecture than that and there is a high possibility of him wanting to pursue another career at the end of the first year itself and drop his current recourse.
How does Psychometric Testing help in building an educational career?
The psychometric tests are highly beneficial for students who are at the age of selecting a career for themselves. They are believed to gain a more objective overview of their character, strengths, weaknesses and potential interests; serving as a component of a wider, integrated evaluation strategy.
Students tend to take career advice from anyone they think beholds an experience. But it may not be always right or let alone be the best one for them. It is important that students have a clarity of thought and not sway on advice. Here, psychometric tests play an instrumental role in enabling them to determine and gauge a career that matches their interests and capabilities.
In general, Psychometric Testing can help students by
Providing an objective
Psychometric testing provides an objective measure of often hidden abilities and forms a robust foundation for making career decisions for future perseverance.
Highlighting strengths and weaknesses
Psychometric tests are very reliable. A good psychometric test identifies lateral thinking skills and one’s intelligence. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of an individual to utilize and work on, respectively.
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Helping to identify interests and skills
Psychometric tests help in creating a testing net for masking interests and skills (aptitude) and identifying academic abilities, aims and aspirations for evaluating the suitability of student’s potential.
Providing an insight into the personality
The aptitude of a person is also important with regard to interests towards one’s field.
Advantages of taking psychometric test
A psychometric test has several advantages for a student who is at the age of selecting a career. These tests can help the students to understand their skills and talents and can guide them with the help of a career counselor about the careers that can be suitable for them. These tests also save a great deal of time since a student does not need to go through several career magazines and can get a directed and focused career consultation. Also, these tests are easy to examine and can give results instantly and reliably.
Some of the career counselors have also idealized the psychometric tests based on the requirements of students in different fields such as arts, commerce, engineering, science etc. This is done so that a student can achieve a maximum benefit from taking the right psychometric test.
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