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Good tests, but what do they really measure?
on June 17, 2000
Having arrived at a point in my life where I absolutely must find a fulfilling career track - and soon - I got this book to start me on my way. I worked hard on the tests, and I was eager to see what my results would be, although I was skeptical that I would find a direct hit, my highest scores being Clerical (I'm a virgo and neurotically neat and organized) and Numerical (a HUGE surprise there, having been much more of an arts rather than math and science person). What I didn't expect was that however I arranged my scores, I came up NOTHING at all I could vaguely picture myself doing (histologist? had to look that up. geriatric nurse? food and drug inspector? acoustics physicist? had to look that one up, too). That's when I began to think about what the tests had actually measured.
Many of my strenghts - in fact, my greatest ones - were not covered in any of the tests. And looking back, I wasn't sure what 'social' and 'business' were meant to assess. Sure, I know the alphabet and can file well, and I can apparently multiply and divide (even fractions), but that does not make me a good candidate for any form of science - I know that for certain. What didn't the tests measure? Writing skills, people skills, the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure, computer literacy, creativity, web site or brochure design, quick problem solving, event planning... even the few questions that addressed some these issues were not comprehensive enough to provide any real sense of a person's capabilities in these areas.
So why give it three stars? The idea is a good one, and the tests are interesting to take. It's also well written and clearly explains the process. It even goes so far to explain what the individual jobs it recommends are (and suggests that whatever your scores are, a career counselor might be a good idea) and what level of education is needed for them. And I'm encouraged by many of the reviews here, which seem to indicate that the book has been a tremendous help to some people. I think it's important, however, to note its shortcomings and the ways in which it might not be helpful. I suppose that I was a little too optimistic about finding a quick-fix to a long, complicated problem. But for those who approach this bok knowing it may not provide all the answers, I think that there are many solutions in it, or at the very least an indication of where to go next.