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I have heard many people saying psychometric tests don’t work and we should stop basing important career decision on them - is it right?


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RE: I have heard many people saying psychometric tests don’t work and we should stop basing important career decision on them - is it right?

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
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In case you are planning to take important career decisions solely on a psychometric test’s recommendation, yes you should stop following them blindly. But the reason is not because psychometric tests don’t work. It is because a true understanding of the types of psychometric tests and its correct usage has been limited in India till now.

There are two major problem areas that have lead to this wrong perception. The primary one being the abundance of too many generic tests being launched simultaneously in a race to capture our attention.  It has left little scope for debate and consensus building. The other factor driving this wave is a lack of any policy and quality control mechanism.

Anyway, the ground reality remains that we have to deal with this situation ourselves and hope that the future will be less confusing for youngsters and families in 2025.

Although the number is low, there are enough bright spots in this gloomy picture. Let me share a real life example of how proper use of a relevant psychometric test can be helpful. I recently met Vidisha, a 9th grader, who was in a dilemma about her career direction. She had performed quite well in all subjects and every time she explored a new career, it confused her further. Vidisha took the help of an assessment for specific guidance on whether she should take up Humanities or Commerce or Science with Maths or Science with Biology. Using her assessment findings and consultation with a Counselor, she could clear her thinking and accordingly plan the next course of action! 

 Today, psychometric tests are being utilized in many schools and colleges across developed as well as developing countries. These countries are committed to pro-actively help their youth find a satisfying vocation. They know that gender, race and many other such divisive forces are big obstacles between students and their dreams. Hence, a counter-force of much higher magnitude is needed. High-quality psychometric tests are those powerful tools.

 

A well chosen age-appropriate psychometric assessment, if taken sincerely by the student, provides an unbiased mirror to the family seeking help at various stages of their children’s career path. I would also recommend sharing the report with people who have closely interacted with the student and hear their views about the accuracy of the report. You will be surprised how they can recall specific instances that re-confirm the report’s observations!

 

For further queries and related information, you can approach the Professional Experts at CareerGuide. Hope this will help you!

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