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Aptitude testing for career and educational guidance

The Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit scientific research and educational organization with two primary commitments: to study human abilities and to provide people with a knowledge of their aptitudes that will help them in making decisions about school and work. Since 1922 hundreds of thousands of people have used our service to learn more about themselves and to derive more satisfaction from their lives. The Foundation has testing offices in eleven major cities across the nation.

Aptitudes

Aptitudes are natural talents, special abilities for doing, or learning to do, certain kinds of things. Perceptual speed, musical ability, spatial visualization, and memory for numbers are examples of such aptitudes. In a comprehensive battery of tests available only through the Foundation, these and many other aptitudes are measured. These measured traits are highly stable over long-term periods.

Every occupation—whether it is engineering, medicine, law, or management—uses certain aptitudes. The work you are most likely to enjoy and be successful in is work that uses your aptitudes. For example, if you are an engineer but possess aptitudes not used in engineering, your work might seem unrewarding. If you lack the engineer's aptitudes, your work may be difficult or unpleasant.

Aptitude testing is one tool for career selection. It can help you find where your aptitudes lie, what type of work uses those aptitudes, and why certain occupations may be more rewarding than others. The Foundation, however, does not provide employment counseling services. What the Foundation does is give you an inventory of your aptitudes and examples of types of work suggested by the combination of these aptitudes.

You should have your aptitudes measured if you:

  • are a high school or college student, because our program can help you select a major field of study and an appropriate type of school.
  • are unhappy in your job, because understanding your aptitudes can help direct you to more satisfying work in your field, or could suggest a more satisfying career. Sometimes a minor change can make the difference between satisfaction and frustration, between success and failure.
  • haven't worked for some time and are considering a return to the job market. Knowledge of your aptitudes may help you decide what kind of job to look for.
  • face a decision about promotion or transfer within your company. Knowledge of your aptitudes may help you make that decision.
  • are about to retire, as the information gained can help you use your retirement years more fruitfully.
  • wish to learn about the nature of aptitudes and how they affect human behavior.

We test people fourteen years of age or older. There is no upper age limit.

Some people hesitate to take our tests because they might “fail.” It is impossible to pass or fail our program. In many cases, a low score on a particular test may be preferable to a high score. Satisfaction in a job depends not on how many aptitudes you possess but on the combination of high and low scores, and whether that aptitude pattern is used in your work.

A poor school record or lack of schooling should not be a deterrent to going through our program, because aptitudes are not based upon knowledge or educational background. It should be noted, however, that the test results may not be accurate for those for whom English is a second language.

Adults who decide to go through our testing program should be prepared to accept results that might be difficult to put into practice because of personal circumstances, though in many cases the gains in self-knowledge make aptitude testing worthwhile.

If you have a physical or mental impairment or learning disability, or are taking a strong medication, your scores may not be accurate. Most of the tests are timed; your scores are determined by how fast and accurate you are. After reading our literature, you should carefully consider whether testing would be suitable. We cannot make this decision for you.

The assessment program

You will be asked to do a wide variety of tasks during the testing, such as assembling blocks, remembering numbers, solving puzzles, and listening to simple tunes. Paper and pencil tests are kept to a minimum. Many of our tests are given individually; some are given with audio-visual equipment.

 

 

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Aptitude testing for career and educational guidance