Comparative Analysis of Psychometric Tests Available for Indian Students


Comparative Analysis of Psychometric Tests Available for Indian Student

It is important that to make a successful career in today’s world, apart from education, one needs to know what type of career is going to suit their personality. It is difficult to break down various facets of personality into different traits. 

And even if one can be clearly and consciously aware of their characteristics, how does he/she know which jobs/career they’re suited to? I mean, it is not possible to know which career is appropriate for which personality type if one only have knowledge of very few careers?

Thus, Psychometric Career tests have become a necessary tool these days. These Psychometric Career tests are a quick, convenient way of grouping individuals in “personality type” — giving an idea of which targeted personality type you fall into in terms of abilities, skills, life’s ambitions and future aspirations. Once you know which personality group and type you fall into, it becomes easy to assess what type of career might be suited to you.

With this in mind, I tasked myself to try out a few free online psychometric tests specifically targeted towards career choosing. Here is my comparison study. I am evaluating 7 tests from different providers on the following criteria Time, Cost, Type, Pattern, Credibility, Gamifacition, Validity, Theory, Audience, Language, User friendliness, Report, User Guide (Add ons), Reports and its usability and last but not the least Follow Up Process.

 

After taking all these test I realized that these tests are target to the student base when they have a lot in their hand and the purpose of these tests are to make life easier for them at this juncture not add on to their woes.

And most important facet of these tests are:

  • Gamification: Test can be really boring thing to undergo for a student, specially the long ones and gamification of the test does help reduces drop outs from even the most disinterested student.
  • Credibility: Credibility is on the basis of their acceptance in the career counselling community, years of existence and the theory behind the test.
  • Validity: Catering to the Indian audience is very important as prospects vary vastly from the western world.
  • Reports and their understandability: This is the most important factor as all these test boils down to the test result aka. report they provide and how it is being perceived. Can it be easily understood by the student themselves or are they like sophisticated medical diagnostics tests only qualified doctors can understand make a hell lot of difference, keeping in mind the audience may not be technically very qualified. Do the test provide recommendations and specific careers and also go on to show specific careers and job roles?

 

CareerGuide.com

MapMyTalent ( Sattava Edusys)

Careerfundas.com

Monster.com India

Extramarks

Dishaforu / CareerPathways

MET (My Employability Test)

Basics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time

40-140 questions

214 questions

90 min

72 questions

1 hour 7 min

2 hours

2 hours approx

Approximate Cost

Basic INR 1999, Any of the 4 tests + Counselling

2000

NA

500

NA

Discover ( INR 700) , Discover Plus which includes counselling (INR 1400)

Employability Test + COunselling ( INR 1499)

Interest / personality Based

Personality Test

Quick Career Profiler

Personality + Career Success Indicators Test + Workplace Competence Test

Aptitude Based

No - There is a separate Intelligence Test

  Discover / Discover Plus

        Aptitude

Allows you to skip questions

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

 Credibility ( On Scale of 1 -10 where 1 being least and 10 being highest credible)

9

7

3

8

6

4

5

Gamified Approach

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Validity

India Specific + Multilingual

India Specific Sample

India Specific Sample

English Speaking population (international)

2000 school students across India

Not shared

Not shared

Theory base (Holland / Jungian)

Holland

Measures 7 inborn aptitudes, 28 personality traits

NA

Holland

NA

DISC + Workplace Motivators

Holland

Audience

All Ages

IX, X, XI, XII, XII+, Pursuing or completed graduation

Class VIII - XII

Students, Graduates, Young professionals

Std IX to XII

Std IX to XII

Graduates, Engineers, Post Graduates

Languages

English , Hindi

English

English, Hindi, Marathi

English

English

English

English

User friendliness

High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low

Low

Personalised Assessment Report

No (Report is bit complicated with Stanine 9 pointgraphical scores)

Ease of Understanding of Reports (On Scale of 1-10 where 1 being difficult and 10 being easiest )

9

7

7

6

3

7

8

User Guide / Orientation is shared

No

No

No

No

Report includes list of specific careers

3 Careers Recommended

4- 5 career names shared

4- 5 career options shared

Shows you how to analyze careers

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Report Includes General Career Advice

 

Report recommendas specific careers

80 job groups indicating 900 jobs

Reports provides roadmap to recommended careers e.g. courses, colleges etc.

No

No

No

NA

NA

No

No

Benchmark Population Statistics are shared

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

 

Report includes Career/Job Descriptions

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Report includes Planning Worksheet / Action templates

Career Booklet

No

No

 Career Planning Handbook

No

No

No

Follow Up Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phone Consultation available

Yes

No

No

No

Test + TeleCounselling (INR 850)

No

No

Online Counselling

Yes

No - Not in basic package (My Talent InDepth has email counselling (INR 2150))

By appointment through  chat (Additional 600 for 30 min)

No

No

Skype included in Discover Plus

 Skype / F2F included

Face to face Consultation

No

No - Not in basic package (My Talent InPerson has f2f counselling (INR 3990))

No

No

Test + F2FCounselling (INR 990)

 F2F included in Discover Plus

 Skype / F2F included

 

 

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If I take these criteria, CareerGuide’s psychometric test definitely stands out a clear winner followed closely by MapMyTalent and MonsterIndia. Hope my study help out the students and parents who are looking forward to go for a psychometric tests.

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About the Author
Author: Rhucha KulkarniWebsite: http://www.twitter.com/rhuchakulkarni
Hailing from Mumbai, Rhucha is an HR professional by day and a travel enthusiast, photography enthusiast, writer, poet and avid reader at heart. When not solving for HR agendas, weaving together words and freezing moments in time through her clicks is what keeps her ticking. When not outdoors exploring the various facets of nature, you can find her putting thought to the the enigma called life and penning down her experiences. Here’s a glimpse into her passions

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