Many different types of assessments exist that can be of use depending on your unique career situation. Below are some types of tests that might be recommended to you or that you might want to take.
Ability Tests measure how able you are to learn or to succeed at a particular task. Ability tests usually include some different sections. Each section measures a different ability. Often included are sections on arithmetic, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Dexterity sections may also be included. Ability tests can be used to predict how well you might perform in a training program or on the job. They can help identify your strongest skills, as well as those for which you might need some additional education and training.
Achievement Tests measure how well you know a subject like computers, reading, or nutrition. This kind of test may be required to enter a formal training program or to prove that you have mastered the specific material.
Skills Tests measure how well you can perform a particular job. Typing tests and welding tests both are skills assessments showing that you can do what you say you can do at the time you take the test.
Interest Inventories have no right or wrong answers, and no pass or fail grades. An interest inventory helps you identify your interests, especially those related to the world of work. It is designed to assist you in identifying training, education, or careers with activities that you might like doing.
Work Values Instruments allow you to pinpoint what you value in jobs (such as achievement, autonomy, recognition, support, and conditions of work). You can identify occupations you are likely to find satisfying based on the similarity between your work values and the characteristics of jobs.
Personality Measures help to identify your personal style in dealing with tasks, data, and other people. Your personality can be well-suited for some kinds of jobs and not as well suited for other kinds. For example, if you are an outgoing person, you might prefer working with people most of the time, while another person might prefer working alone. An understanding of your personality helps you to make decisions about training programs, which jobs to apply for, or which career direction to take.