JOCRF is in a unique position as a research organization because our clients are our research participants.

The majority of academic psychological research is done on the convenience sample of college students who are in Psychology 101 classes. Generally this limitation is acknowledged and yet tolerated. Research studies on adults who are in their early, mid, or late career are highly regarded.

For that reason JOCRF is fortunate to have such a wide and deep “basin” of data from thousands of past client-participants. Our tests are evaluated and age-normed upon those thousands...

Aptitude Testing at the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation

Chicago’s WGN aired a cover story about the special relationship Johnson O’Connor’s Chicago office has had with Sterling High School in Illinois. For over a decade, a benefactor through the Dillon Foundation has been providing funding for 20-25 students to complete our aptitude test battery. They travel to our Chicago office to take the tests, and then our staff travel to Sterling to discuss the results with the...

Spatial ability and the STEM majors: Where do females with high spatial ability go?
Linda S. Houser-Marko, PhD

Poster presented to the Association for Psychological Science 28th Annual Convention in Chicago, May 26-29, 2016

Spatial ability appears to be an important aspect of working in and studying the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Each field of STEM has a slightly different profile pattern of numerical, verbal, and spatial abilities.

Specific STEM majors have different profiles of numerical,...

I finally got my first job in a new field. I will be working as an office manager and in-house graphic designer for a green architecture firm in Berkeley. Your analysis was absolutely invaluable in targeting this field and understanding that my ultimate goals are much more long range and do not include management.

I will immediately get to use my analytical aptitudes in organizing their office systems, but ultimately hope to use this as an insider's view of the green building field so I can figure out what my next step will be toward eventually being more directly involved in the...



When people ask me how I had the courage to quit my law firm job to create a word game and bring it to market, I tell them that I am an entrepreneur at heart. It took my JOCRF aptitude test results for me to understand that I needed to use my natural abilities in my career to feel fulfilled. I have told so many people about how JOCRF changed my life and now I would like to share that story with you.

When I took the JOCRF tests, I was at a career crossroads. I had taken a break from my career as an attorney to accompany my husband (also a JOCRF client) when his...

We are currently seeking physical therapists to participate in a research study. The goal of the study is to gather data about the aptitudes of satisfied physical therapists. This is a common field of interest for our clients and one of their most often listed dream jobs. Employment for physical therapy is growing much faster than average for all occupations ( Learning more about this field will help the foundation in its mission to provide accurate information to clients.

For free, participating physical therapists will complete all of...

Here's a quick quiz to start with:

Does venial mean excusable or immoral?
Is prodigal a synonym for extravagant or wandering?
If people are equable, are they even-tempered or fair-minded?
Does refulgent mean swelling or gleaming?
Is meretricious a synonym for exemplary or tawdry?

What makes these five words interesting is what they have in common–in each case, one of the wrong answers was far more popular than the...

by Scott Barsotti

This article first appeared on HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community.

Most of us who make theatre have found ourselves, at one point or another, in a conversation about why we do what we do. No matter the reason for one’s passion for theatre, a sentiment that is common among theatre artists is that theatre is what they were born to do. Believe it or not, there’s now data to back this up....

When she took the Johnson O’Connor aptitude tests in 2012, Sara Gorsky was working as a project manager for a boutique web design firm. “I always had this generic technical knowledge, above [the average person], in terms of knowing my way around computers and knowing basic programming,” she said, “At that job I learned how to apply design to websites.” High in Analytical Reasoning and Number Series with an Objective personality, her aptitude pattern has all of the earmarks of an effective manager and computer whiz (“I taught myself Photoshop,” she adds), but she possesses many additional...

 by Richard Brehler

What people want from a career isn't necessarily just what the work is about. Understanding what you want in a larger sense—stability, status, helping people—helps you choose what you do as much as understanding your aptitudes does.  

Some time ago, the Foundation tested a high school student who intended to pursue a medical career. She'd always done well in her science and math courses, and her score on an interest profile indicated that the scientific and technological areas appealed to her the most. Her aptitude pattern, however, was one that...