Author Topic: Best/Most Informative Aptitude Tests?  (Read 1249 times)


  • Bristles
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Best/Most Informative Aptitude Tests?
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:04:11 PM »
Hey there! Iím 26 and over the last couple years Iíve been working on figuring out what I want to when I grow up...
Iíve struggled finding out what might be a good fit and I wanted to see if anyone can recommend any specific aptitude tests to take. Iím just working on getting more ideas and as much info as I can. Thanks!

Some background info -
4 year degree from private liberal arts school (PR & Comms)
About 2 years professional experience in purchasing and retail catalog pricing (boring and unfulfilling)
Enjoy being more active than sedentary at work
I have newfound interests in conservation and renewables
I enjoy writing and editing
My hobbies are fishing, golfing, and working out


  • Magnum Stache
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Re: Best/Most Informative Aptitude Tests?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 03:55:31 PM »
I recommend the Johnson O Connor research foundation. I didn't go in for the testing at 500 bucks, I just read their free book and took some free test exercises at


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Re: Best/Most Informative Aptitude Tests?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 10:03:15 PM »
I wish I had asked this seriously at your age; you're well ahead of the curve.  Passions aren't the same as aptitudes, and it can be interesting how uniquely we are each wired and these things interplay. 

I recommend Johnson O'Connor as well.  It's more like $700+ now, but if you plan to make decent income, it's a wonderful investment in finding fulfilling work.  For aptitude testing, they're the best I'm aware of. 

For most things in life (e.g. dinner), I would recommend going cheap, but this is a tool that can guide career decisions throughout your life - decisions where thousands of dollars (salary, job path, so on) hang in the balance, plus untold amounts of personal fulfillment - or lack thereof.  So this is one area where I would invest in some, especially if you find that you're struggling with it (which is normal).  You  may want to start with the resources below - books - and move up to the JOC testing.  That's what I did and what I would do again.  Plus, you do the testing once in your life and it stays the same throughout, so it's a one-time cost, and holds more value the earlier you do it. 

More resources I would check out - cheaper (available at your local library) and geared towards your question:

1.  Now What - my favorite.  Basically a career coach in a book.  She gives you a series of lessons designed to help you learn about yourself and exercises that will shed more insight about who you are. 

2.  SHAPE.  Another insightful one.  It's geared towards people of faith, but I think there are some great takeaways - once again, the exercises are where the value is.  There are some assessments related to it online as well that are more helpful with the book. 

For all of this: it is what you make of it.  It will only be useful if you invest the time and energy into figuring yourself out and where you fit in, but if you do that, these are some powerful tools.  I have found great value in each of them.