What Are Career Aptitude Tests?

Whether you're uncertain about how well you'd do in a particular career or you'd like to know which career fields you could potentially excel in, you might consider taking a career aptitude test. These tests measure how well-suited you are to perform certain tasks and acquire various skills.

What Career Aptitude Tests Measure

The sheer amount of career options out there can seem daunting, but you can narrow down your choices through a career aptitude test. Most tests measure how much ability and knowledge you display in relevant areas, such as mechanical tasks, reasoning and logic, verbal skills or spatial skills. They also measure how much interest you have in different kinds of tasks and how much potential you show in each area. The scores you receive on a career aptitude test will help to give you an idea of where your natural talents can be best put to work.

Important Facts About Career Aptitude Tests

Popular Careers Nurse anesthetist, accountant, speed language pathologist, software developer, physical therapist
Test Preparation Practice-test questions available
Test Length As long as 90 minutes
Possible Topics Arithmetic reasoning, electronic information, auto and shop information, word knowledge, general science

What Career Aptitude Tests Don't Do

No matter how many career aptitude tests you take, they're don't guarantee that you'll enjoy a particular job, nor do you have to feel compelled to abide by the results that they give you. Career aptitude tests provide useful information, but they don't take into account your personality or experiences, which can be just as important in determining your career path as do your aptitudes.

When to Take the Tests

You can begin taking career aptitude tests before you go to college. By taking these tests early, you might find the process of selecting a college major to be a little easier. Even after you've entered college, you can still take career aptitude tests; they can be helpful if you'd like to change your major or decide which position you'd like to hold in your chosen field. You might take career aptitude tests as an adult, especially if you're looking for a career change but don't know where to begin. If you're interested in military service, you'll need to take a test called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to determine which area of service would be right for you.

How to Find Tests

You can find career aptitude tests in a variety of locations. Most colleges and universities offer career-counseling services that include these tests, both for free and for a fee. College information websites such as The Princeton Review offer tests you can take online (www.princetonreview.com). You may also take the ASVAB even if you aren't planning to enter military service - it gives insight on civilian careers as well.

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