What is psychological testing?
Psychological testing refers to procedures, which are used to determine the level of expression of certain traits, abilities and skills in one or more individuals.
Psychological tests are validated, objective and reliable methods of measurement, which predict likely behaviour of a person in certain situations.
Psychological testing is conducted for the following purposes:
- Clinical psychodiagnostics – As part of clinical psychodiagnostics we utilise psychodiagnostic tools to better asses an individual, their sense of experience, thinking and behaviour (especially those nonconforming ones) and in order to offer them adequate psychological or psychiatric help.
- Professional orientation – During professional orientation, testing will help you in selecting your future career, which will be compatible with your intellectual abilities, personality traits and professional interests.
- Professional selection – Testing as part of professional selection is applied when you want to employ the best possible candidate who is best suited for a specified role based on abilities, personality traits and work habits.
- Evaluation of an individual’s potential – We utilise evaluation of an individual’s potential when we want to better acquaint ourselves with and evaluate the potential of an individual and teams. Psychological testing gives us a view into intellectual abilities, personality traits and specific skills associated with a work place as well as giving us the ability to compare results of candidates. However, tests are rarely the only criteria based on which individuals
- Testing personality traits – dominant personality traits, common patterns of behaviour and reactions including interest for learning and adopting new knowledge. If you are a closed person, an introvert and don’t enjoy being in large groups, you will find jobs where you have to act independently more suited for you and not those, which include lots of interaction with others.
- Testing of professional interests – interests relate to things we like, we find comfortable and enjoy in. They are activities that we undertake, objects we like and everything else that is fun for us, exciting or challenging. Interests help us to better get to know ourselves and make easier decisions regarding our profession or career path.
- Talking with a psychologist – counselling relating to selection and realisation of a profession.
- Written report on result of testing – the results from the psychological assessment are presented to the individual or the student and parents in written from as a report.