Top 3 Career Test (or Career Quiz) Guide for 2017

Top 3 Career Test (or Career Quiz) Guide for 2017
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By Mike Simpson

If you’ve found this article, there’s a pretty good chance that you are either unhappy with your career or that you feel like you don’t know what it is that you’re supposed to be doing.

Enter the career test.

What is a career test?

Generally speaking, a career test is a multiple-choice test (primarily done online) that determines your different personality traits, and then uses this information to help identify a career that would suit you the most.

In theory, you should be able to take one of these tests and get a better idea of the type of work you should be doing based on your personality, skills, and temperament.

But it isn’t always that easy.

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For one, not all career quizzes are created equal! There are questions that need to be answered!

  • Who is administering the test?
  • How do I know if it is legit?
  • Are the results 100% accurate?

These are all questions that you should be asking yourself prior to making any decisions based on answering a few arbitrary questions online.

Many job seekers start searching around online trying to find the best test to take, and before they can even begin comparing tests, come across a slight road block…

Career Quiz vs Career Test vs Career Aptitude Test

So what is the difference between all of these tests?

In short… they are all basically the same thing and for the most part, serve the same purpose.

I suppose you could make an argument that a quiz is a shorter version of a test, but I’ve found that there are some long-form tests out there that are referred to as quizzes, so in my opinion, they are virtually the same thing.

With the career aptitude test, however, you occasionally find that the nature of the questions are geared more toward competency as opposed to personality traits.

In other words, these tests sometimes focus on your ability to complete technical tasks that are essential to a career (as opposed to how your personality traits might be suited to a particular field).

Having said that, there are also many tests out there that refer to themselves as all three of these things at the same time. The lesson here is to make sure that you are taking the test that provides you with the answers you are looking for, and ultimately, which career is right for you.

What Career Is Right For Me?

Everybody wants to have a career that gives them the opportunity to make a lot of money, but as the saying goes, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.”

While it’s a given that compensation is at the top of most people’s “career checklist”, more and more people are discovering that actually enjoying the work they are doing is almost as important as the amount of money they are being paid (and I would argue that a lot of people think it is more important!)

The best career for you is the career that provides you the level of financial security you require AND brings you a level of joy (or as some people say, “When the work doesn’t feel like work.”)

Taking a career quiz online is not going to make this happen overnight, but what it will do, is give you a better idea of the industry and position that would suit you based on your tendencies.

Below we outline a few of the most popular online career tests that you can use to help you determine the right career for you.

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MAPP Career Assessment

The MAPP assessment is perhaps the most well-known and universally respected career test that you can take.

According to MAPP, “Lots of career and personality tests tell you all about your personality, but the MAPP uniquely helps you find your true calling. We start by giving you a narrative that offers insights into what makes you tick. But we go much further. We then take your test results and match it to real careers, real jobs that are right for you.”

After taking the test, we would have to agree…. So how does it work?

Organized in a user-friendly, quasi – multiple choice format, the MAPP test uses 71 different “triads” made up of three statements. Your task is to choose the statement that applies to you the most, followed by the statement that applies to you the least, with one statement left blank without a selection.

Here’s an example:

mapp-test-example-question

After doing this 71 times, the people at MAPP will compile the results and make determinations about you on the following categories:

  • Interest in Job Content
  • Temperament for the Job
  • Aptitude for the Job
  • How You Relate to People
  • How You Relate to Things
  • How You Relate to Data
  • How You Relate to Reasoning
  • Mathematical Capacity
  • Language Capacity
  • Your Top Career Areas

It sounds like a lot, but the triads are VERY simple, and you can really breeze through the test in no more than 15 minutes.

You also get access to the results right away, but we should mention, that it is just a sampling of your results that are available with the “free subscription”. If you want to harness the full power of the MAPP test, you’ll have to spend a few bucks.

The question is… is it worth it?

In our opinion, it most definitely is. The results that MAPP provide are extremely thorough, and definitely provide the test taker with more insight than can be received anywhere else.

They also offer you three different premium options (the Starter package, the Career Seeker package and the Executive package) so that you are able to purchase a package that reflects your current situation. In other words, you can look at what comes with each package and decide if it is something that you really need in your situation (and whether or not it warrants spending some of your hard-earned dollars).

For example, the Executive package provides you with tailored statements that you can use on your resume (that are designed around the information you provided in the test), which as you can imagine, gives your resume objective or resume summary statement a little more depth!

All in all, we believe the MAPP assessment is an extremely important exercise in self discovery but more importantly, can actually increase your chances of matching you with a career that will earn you an income AND allow you to be content in your work.

Here’s a quick summary:

The Good: Very thorough, provides help with career placement, helps with resume

The Not So Good: There is a fee for the full results

Final Thought: A great resource for any job seeker that is wanting to “dig a little deeper” and find the career that will align them with their personality traits and bring the most job satisfaction.

Click here to check out the MAPP Test

The Princeton Review

This popular test would definitely fall more into the “career quiz” designation as I mentioned above, meaning it is a much shorter test than the MAPP and also provides much less insight into who you are and what you should be doing with your life.

The test consists of 24 different “questions” which each contain two scenarios, and you simply need to choose the scenario that most likely represents you: