Free Career Aptitude Tests

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When you are not sure what type of job you want or what you want to do next with your career, a career test can help you narrow down your job choices and help you choose a career path that is compatible with your interests, aptitudes, skills, values or personality characteristics. There are a variety of free career tests available that address one or more of these factors but no test that captures all of the elements essential to choosing a career.

Do keep in mind that some of these tests aren't scientifically validated. However, they are quick and easy to take and provide insight, at least, into what type of work you might want to research and investigate further. 

Spend some time taking a few tests and quizzes and see what results you get.Then you can compare and contrast the job options you're given to decide if any of them are worth exploring further through reading, informational interviewsjob shadowing, and internships.

Free Career Aptitude Tests

CareerThesaurus.com
The Careerthesaurus enables users to generate a list of possible careers based on interest factors like creativity, competitiveness, helping others, working with numbers, nature and animals, giving critical advice, being in a spotlight, risk and adventure, scientific methods and precision, coordinating groups, and more. You can access information about the careers on the list that is produced based on your selection of the interest categories.

Career Thesaurus also allows users to explore careers based on personality traits like introversion/extroversion, process orientation, and results orientation.

PathSource
PathSource is a free career exploration solution that helps students and job seekers make better career choices with its free mobile app.

 Users can produce lists of careers based on personality characteristics and an interest profile. Lifestyle issues and income expectations are factored into the analysis. An extensive collection of 2600 informational interviews on video provides an insider's view from workers in a broad range of professions. A database of careers related to various academic majors helps students to explore the implications of their academic choices. Users can also search for colleges based on academic offerings, financial aid, average test scores, and other admissions data.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter helps you to understand your personality type and to discover what type of temperament you have. Test results suggest a predominant personality type including Artisan, Guardian, Rational or Idealist that influences career satisfaction, job search strategies, and job performance. A free description of your profile will be provided with an option to purchase the full report. 

Sokanu
Sokanu is a free platform for users to assess their interests, personality type, abilities, career values, and preferred work and social environments in order to find matches which will lead to satisfying careers.

Sokanu suggests careers after users respond to a series of questions. There's detailed information available on each of the suggested career options. In addition, users can browse occupations by clusters like health and nutrition, law, arts and entertainment, animals, food and drink, politics and law, sports, travel, music, engineering, and science.

My Next Move
The O*NET Interest Profiler is administered by the United States Department of Labor. Users take a 60 question interest inventory that yields profile of interest tendencies including six areas: Realistic, Investigative, Social, Enterprising, Conventional and Artistic. A list of careers related to each cluster can be sorted by five job zones representing levels of preparation ranging from little job preparation to extensive preparation.

Extensive career information including text and videos is presented about related careers.

Skills Profiler
The Department of Labor has developed this resource to enable users to assess the skills that they want to incorporate into their career.  You will rate basic skills like reading, writing, speaking, scientific reasoning and critical thinking as well more specialized social, technical, analytical, computer, problem-solving, and resource management skills. You can then browse O*NET by skills categories to produce a list of occupations that tap your chief skills and enhance the likelihood that you will be successful in your career.

Career Cluster Interest Survey
This survey lets you rate activities you enjoy, your personal qualities, and school subjects you like. Then you can see which career clusters are a match for your interests. Career clusters include agriculture, food, natural resources, architecture, construction, arts, communications, business management, education, finance, government and public administration, health science, hospitality and tourism, human services, law, marketing, sales, information technology, manufacturing, science, engineering, and transportation.

Color Career Quiz
Did you know color can be an indicator of what jobs are right for you? Color Quiz is a quick and easy five-minute test analyzes your personality based on the colors you select.

More Career Tests
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