What is an orientation test?
A orientation test is a tool that, through different questions, allows you to reflect on your personal characteristics, skills, abilities and professional interests based on a result on the characteristics of your profile and the fields or professional areas that are related to it.
Orientation tests allow you to reflect on different aspects such as your personality, skills and competencies, values or professional interests. The latter are focused on helping you identify the professional areas in which you show the greatest interest.
It is a tool that will help you clarify doubts about your academic and professional future, but it is one more resource, not the only element to take into account when making your choice.
You can currently find tests that focus solely on your professional interests and preferences, and other tests that combine the part of interests with making you reflect on What are you like.
In both cases, the result you get is towards which field or professional field you show the greatest interests or what are your personal characteristics and what fields are they related to. It is an orientation that will allow you to reflect on the results and assess whether they really correspond to your expectations. From here, you can continue designing your academic and professional itinerary with the help of guidance specialists.
When to use an orientation test?
Whenever you are inside a decision process about your life and professional project in which you have to decide what studies to pursue and what professions you would like to pursue, orientation tests can help you.
If you decide to use this tool, it is important that answer honestly and know how to read the results well. We recommend that a counselor or an academic and / or professional counselor can accompany you in this step. Before performing the test, find out well about who is it addressed to and the type of information that each test offers you.
In some orientation processes carried out by professionals in the field, the tests are used as an additional tool that helps to get to know the person better, and on which self-knowledge can begin to work.
Pros and cons of orientation tests
The test can be a very useful tool, but in some cases it can also cause frustration. The test is not a magic ball that guesses the future, but through your answers it offers you some results. If you are quite clear about your interests or show interest in similar fields, the results will be quite clear; otherwise, the results may be very broad, and will not help you to solve your doubts.
Like any tool, tests have a series of advantages and limitations:
Advantages of orientation tests
- Through the different questions, they allow you to reflect on your characteristics and interests.
- Some can be done online and you get the results at the moment.
- You can repeat them whenever you want and do as many as you want.
- There are no right or wrong answers, it all depends on how you are.
Limitations of orientation tests
- Each test can have a higher or lower percentage of reliability.
- In the cases of people who have many doubts, the results reflect this, different interests.
- Your result does not always match expectations. If this happens, more work on self-knowledge is required.
- Many times they require the intervention of a professional to help understand and interpret the results and help determine the next steps.
Orientation tests and other resources
Below you can find some examples of the different tests that currently exist online:
Orientation test GR (Long Distance). This Educaweb questionnaire allows you to reflect on the occupational groups that interest you the most, the school subjects that you like the most, your values regarding a job, your aptitudes and abilities and your professional interests. At the end of the test you receive an orientation about your personal profile, the occupational groups related to your profile and a list with examples of studies that may interest you. The higher your percentage in a specific occupational group, the more appropriate your profile will be with that of these studies and professions.
MyWayPass academic and career guidance platform. The Bertelsmann Foundation shares different guidance resources aimed at young people as well as families and educational centers, in order to provide tools that help define vocational itineraries. Specifically, MyWayPass aims to facilitate decision-making about the professional and academic future of young people between 14 and 18 years old.
Barcelona Activa professional interests test. This test helps you identify the occupations most closely related to your own professional interests. Through several questions about your taste for different professional activities, it offers you some results on the professions that have a greater degree of affinity with your answers.
Psychotechnical test. The psychotecnicostest.com test focuses on professional interests. A series of questions are asked about professional activities to which you must answer whether you like them or not. At the end, you get a score relative to interests and skills in different professional activities and the professional activities in which you have obtained the highest scores in reference to interests and skills are highlighted.
Ibercaja professional interests questionnaire. The questionnaire can be found within the Ibercaja Orientation tool. You must express your degree of interest in different professional activities. At the end, it tells you in which fields you have shown the greatest interest and allows you to request more information about the studies that are related to this field in order to continue being informed.
D’EP Institut Orientation Resources. Through the page www.deporienta.com, D’EP offers young people resources and tools so that they can carry out vocational decision-making based on reflection. The different sections in which the web is structured provide the necessary support so that students can advance in the construction of their professional project.
University orientation tests
Some universities have developed their own tests. By answering the different questions they ask you, they offer you the list of university studies that are most related to your interests.
Here are three examples of these tests:
These tests help you to answer questions about your interests and to learn about the training options related to universities.
Whichever test you take, you may need the support of a professional to help you better understand the results and provide complementary activities or exercises that allow you to get to know yourself better in order to decide on your academic and professional future.
And remember, a test is a useful tool, but not the only one of your choice.