TESTS AND OTHER ASSESSMENTS:
Helping You Make Better Career Decisions
You are about to make a career decision – taking a course, applying for college, interviewing for a job, accepting a new job. It is just one of the many career decisions that you will make throughout your working life. Tests – also called assessments, inventories, or career decision-making tools – are available to you, counsellors, and employers to help make the best career decisions possible. This guide will help you better understand the different types of career assessments and how you and others may want to use them to make career decisions.
So, soon you need to take an assessment tool for:
(! check one)
G career exploration
G the Employment Service
G an employer
and you would like to know what to expect. Your questions about assessments, often called tests, are probably the same ones other people have. This guide will answer many of the questions you have. It also provides additional Sources of Information (see pg. 49), including Websites that can help you further explore tests and other assessments for career decision making. By knowing more about testing and test strategy, you can feel better about taking your test, and possibly improve your performance.
There are three basic reasons to take career-related tests and assessments:
1. They tell you about yourself.
2. They tell counsellors about you.
3. They tell employers about you.
Tests can help you better understand your strengths by identifying areas in which you already
have skills, abilities, and interests. They can also alert you to areas for which you need to
develop your strengths. You can make decisions about your career path with more confidence
if you understand what you like (and don’t like), as well as what you do well (and not-so-well).
A test that steers you away from one kind of job or training program can also help steer you
There are a lot of situations in which assessments can help on your career path:
! You may just be entering the job market and are unsure of the type of training you need to help you get a good job, or even what type of job you would like. Assessments can help you focus your search for training or a career.
! You may be receiving some financial assistance for your training from an agency. The agency may
want to assess your capabilities so they can help provide you with the right type of training.
! You may have been looking for a job, but you haven’t been successful because you don’t have a
diploma or the required certificate. You can take tests to get a certificate or a diploma.
You may have a job that you don’t like, but you don’t know where else to look for another one.
Assessments can help you identify careers with a future.
! You may be in an industry using new technology. Your job has disappeared, and you need to retrain and upgrade your skills. Tests can help you identify your particular training needs for high
! You expect layoffs at your company, and you are interested in exploring other career options.
Assessments can help direct you toward other jobs that might suit you.
! You may have a disability, but you know you can be successful. Assessments can help you identify
your strengths and abilities.
! You may be re-entering the job market, and you want to identify and improve your skills. You want to learn how your skills match with the new “World of Work.” Tests and other assessments can help.
! You are up for a promotion. Taking an examination is a common part of the promotions procedure
Employers like to hire, train, and promote employees who
! do a good job,
! like the work, and
! want to stay with the company for a long time.
Employers can use assessments to help them select applicants who are more likely to do
these things. There are several types of tests that can be used by employers. Some tests can not legally be administered until a job offer is made, while others can be used as part of a selection process. Some legal considerations and possible tests are reviewed on