Jun
10
2008

Tips on Taking Self-Assessment Tests

I’m certain that most of us have taken several types of tests already. Be it an academic test, personality test, IQ test or even a pregnancy test (LOL) it doesn’t matter. Most of the tests have right or wrong answers, while some, like personality tests, have none.

Okay, enough of my introductions, this post is intended to share tips on taking self-assessment tests. Self-assessment is a process by which you learn more about yourself — what you like, what you don’t like, and how you tend to react to certain situations. Knowing these things can help you determine which career opportunities fit you.

There are many varieties of assessment tests, like tests about your inclinations, skills, personality, career and values. It can also either be Self-Directed or Requiring Interpretive Assistance.

  • Self-Directed means the test is designed so you can use it and review your results without the need for a licensed or trained professional.
  • Tests Requiring Interpretive Assistance mean your results will have to be discussed with a licensed or trained professional so that you can understand the result of the tests.

Before taking the test remember this tips:

  • set aside enough undisturbed time (at one sitting) to read the assessment material, complete the exercise, and analyze your responses.
  • analyze each question or statements carefully; remember that the test is designed to assess you
  • take your time
  • there is no correct answer
  • the questions aren’t trying to trick you
  • the questions aren’t trying to determine if you are dysfunctional – they’re trying to help you identify yourself in a specific aspect (depending on the type of test your taking)
  • think seriously about the questions and answer them honestly; don’t think in terms of “shoulds” or about what is “expected.” For example, if a question asks if you like working directly with people and you really don’t (even if you wish you were the type that did), say that you don’t.

After taking the test, if you need someone to interpret the result for you, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Approach a family, friend or someone you know that can help you sort things out.

Don’t get embarassed if the result tells you that you are different from others. Think of the test’s purpose – which is to help you know yourself better. Each of us are uniquely created, so don’ worry about it. Unless, otherwise, the test your taking is on personality disorder and the result tells you that you really need to see a psychologist (hehehe).

Don’t be surprised if your self-assessment activities result in discoveries about traits, skills, attitudes, needs, and/or interests that you didn’t know you had; and because you change over time, revisit the self-assessment exercises from time to time to see if there’s an improvement in the result.

The outcome of the test/s can greatly help you in choosing your career. By identifying certain personal characteristics, you can land on a field where you can perform better and become a more productive person.

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About the Author:

Praning5254 is an insomniac who started blogging since 2008. She is an educator and a Clinical Instructor offline, who has the passion for gadgets and other technology-related stuffs. Online, she maintains several blogs of various niches, which depicts her passion for technology, health, food, movies, books and other interesting stuffs.

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