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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

All You Need To Know About Psychometric Tests (Part 3)

Guest Post: This post was written by Joanne Lee, a mother of two in response to questions asked by members of our Facebook Group, The Malaysia Primary School Parents on Facebook. Come join us for more modern-day parenting discussions. 

This is Part 3 of the three part article on this topic.

Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Why conduct so many tests so many times?

This was one of the questions bugging me, and I found the answer in the same guide. We’ve already got two theories by two professors in the core of these psychometric tests, why not add one more?

The third is by Donald Super, and it involves the development of self-concept. Basically, people grow, change and mature throughout their lives and thus, career development is a lifelong process. He identifies 5 life and career development stages.

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  1. Growth stage (from newborn to 14 years old)
    1. Fantasy stage (4-10)
    2. Interest stage (11-12)
    3. Capacity stage (13-14)
  2. Exploratory stage (ages 15-24)
    1. Tentative stage (15-17)
    2. Transition stage (18-21)
    3. Trial stage (22-24)
  3. Establishment stage (ages 25-40)
    1. Trial stage (25-30)
    2. Stabilization stage (30-40)
  4. Maintenance stage (ages 40-64)
  5. Decline stage (ages 65+)

You can read more about the theory and the identifying characteristics of these 5 stages here.

Based on the above timeline, year 3 pupils are in the Fantasy stage, Year 6 at the Interest Stage, Form 1 at the capacity stage and Forms 3, 4 and 5 at the tentative stage.

It makes sense to gauge a child’s aptitude and personality traits at those intervals. If the Form 4 and 5 seems overdone, note that back in 2015, the tests only go up to Form 3. Form 4 and 5 only begin testing last year in 2016. I have yet to find the reason behind extending the tests to cover two more years.

How do I get access to my child’s aptitude test results?

Thanks to another resourceful member in our FB group, we found this link where parents can check their children's aptitude results. (Tip: When checking results, you will be asked a few questions for verification. Be patient and try again if what you entered does not gain you access. Other combinations of questions may do the trick).

In any case, parents can can make a trip to the school office or talk to their child’s class teacher to ask about the test results as well as obtain advice on how to further hone their child’s case, interest and natural preferences.



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