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9.5.6 Summary of Vocational Tests

The information provided in this section is meant to provide general information about the types of vocational testing available. There are a number of psychometric tests designed to measure personality characteristics and cognitive abilities or aptitudes.

Personality tests attempt to measure behavioural style, opinions and motivators. They assess whether an individual prefers working in a group or independently and leading or following. These tests also measure temperament, career interests and personal values.

Cognitive tests measure specific abilities as distinct from the self assessments used in the OSI and SDS. Some of the more common cognitive tests are for abstract reasoning, verbal reasoning, numeric reasoning, spatial reasoning and mechanical reasoning.

Generally they should be used in conjunction with a vocational interest inventory.