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Personality profiles and surveys have gone as high-tech as the students taking them. Gone are the days of the Rorschach test and flash cards. Not gone are the reasons students still need to take personality tests.
The Purpose of High School Personality Tests
It’s difficult to know what you want to do at a young age, but students should really start focusing on their career interests by 8th or 9th grade. This gives them four years to prepare and implement their career (and college) plans. Personality tests are a great way to let a student’s passions, likes and dislikes determine their future.
By pinpointing their interests early on, students learn what classes and activities benefit them most. By understanding themselves, they can build upon their strengths and improve their chances of success after high school.
How to Use the Results of Personality Tests
Let’s take a sample case: Suzy wants to be a doctor, but her personality test reveals she’s impatient and may not want to tolerate eight years of college and additional training. She also doesn’t like the idea of working irregular hours, being on call or heading to the hospital in the middle of the night. She has the grades and talents to be a doctor, just not the personality. Knowing this, Suzy looks at other careers in medicine.
Students should use the results of their personality tests to determine:
· Career interests. Something they can see themselves doing 10, 20, 30 years from now.
· College majors. To meet their career interests, thereby reducing the likelihood of dropping out or failing to graduate on time.
· Acceptable colleges. Colleges that offer features they want or need, like the right setting or class size.
· Special interests. In the arts, athletics, volunteering, etc.
Despite the benefits of personality tests, only 15% of high schools offer them, and many times, students can only take them once.
Fortunately, RSC has made more than a half-dozen personality tests a standard part of our program. Students can (and should) take them as often as they’d like. Interests can change a lot between freshman and junior years.
People have many interests. By recognizing how and when they change, students can adjust their plans accordingly. They find the right college for them and work toward the career that suits them best. Having a defined and reachable goal is what keeps students motivated and excited about their futures.
Personality tests are a great way for students to start focusing on what they want. It’s a fun and informative first step toward college. The results are scientifically crafted and immediate. After all, why should you have to wait to find out about you?
Of course, if you want to, there’s always those ink blots.
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