/ What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? The Career Aptitude Test Can Help

Most college freshmen enter college without a clear vision for what they want to study and how they want to apply that degree to an ultimate career goal. That can cost them in years and semesters of tuition as they take longer than four years to graduate.

CollegeChoiceToday’s Step 2 assessment helps students line up with a field of study, degree and career path fitting their skills and interests.


Online Career Assessment and Aptitude Test

We understand that many high school students don’t have the answers to questions like:

  • What kind of career do you want?
  • How will you prepare for that future?

 

That To help answer these questions, CollegeChoiceToday developed a powerful online career assessment tool that helps students find his or her “sweet spot”—where passion, personality, and skills intersect.

In Step 2 of our college coaching program, students are provided an online career aptitude test.

The results of the assessment are a comprehensive and customized package that makes it easy for students and their families to make the best, informed decisions on career goals, field of study and college.


How Does the Career Aptitude Test Work?

First, the student answers questions. The series of questions take about 30 minutes to answer. Note that the average career aptitude test can take 90 to 120 minutes!

Our online assessment tool measures a student’s:

  • Behavioral traits: Based on the work of respected psychological principles, we know that observable behavior provides a reflection of the many elements that make up a person’s personality. We therefore incorporate this understanding into our assessment process.
  • Occupational interests: Another element of our online career assessment looks at the theory behind vocational choice developed by John Holland. Holland’s person-environment typology theory states that one’s motivation for work can be associated with various categories. The effectiveness Holland’s work has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Association, which has been implementing this work since its inception.
  • Thinking style: We know that an individual’s learning style is unique and an important factor to consider when it comes to selecting a field of study. Therefore, we utilize Cognitive Learning Theory, which identifies learning style based on other cognitive processes.

We then run the student’s assessment results against more than 90 job databases, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network – the country’s primary source of occupational information.

We also pull data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Institute of Education Sciences, so that in addition to collecting important input and information from you, our assessment tools pull information and data from trusted, up-to-date sources.

The result: a package of recommendations for career, college, major and financial options custom tailored to your passion, personality, and skills.


Identifying Interests and Aptitude

Defining a student’s personal interests and aptitudes involves more than posing the online interview questions of Step 1 around SAT scores and college lifestyle and location preferences.

In Step 2, the CollegeChoiceToday online career assessment measures a student’s interests and abilities in the following areas among others:

  • Language and math
  • Leadership
  • Interaction with others
  • Building things
  • Scheduling and organization

These results of the career aptitude assessment allow you to make informed decisions about what fields of study to pursue, what career goals to keep in mind, and what college would provide the best fit based on interest, aptitude, and budget constraints. We designed our entire process around you, with the single goal of finding the right school, career and major at an affordable price.