March 22, 2006 This directory is taken from Chapter 3 of the guide, Career Planning Begins with Assessment, found on-line at http://www.ncwd-youth.info/resources_&_Publications/assessment.html. The tests are commonly used with transition age youth (and others) who are in the process of career planning. Career assessment instruments measure many things and cover four specific domains: Academic, Vocational, Psychological, and Medical. This directory does not contain tests used by physicians or therapists.
Considerations for investigating and selecting assessments:
The Publisher’s Web site should always be consulted prior to using formal tests as information changes regularly.
Target groups generally refer to ages or grades of intended test takers and may include some language or disability demographics.
Norming information from the publisher establishes standardization over a specific population. Many publishers provide norming information only in technical manuals.
Qualifications needed to purchase, administer, or interpret tests are determined by the publisher. Oftentimes credentials must be established prior to purchase. If special credentials are required, tests can only be purchased by an individual (or agent) with those credentials.
Reliability and validity data are available on some Web sites and are so noted. Many publishers will only provide this information with the purchase of testing materials or technical manuals.
Many tests come in different formats or have more than one version of the same format. Care should be taken when comparing test scores that they are measuring the same things.
Costs may include manuals, equipment, consumable test booklets, answer sheets, and reporting forms. Some instruments have large up-front costs. Computerized scoring usually means higher prices. Pricing information is current as of January, 2006. Generally, the cost of kits is for 25 individuals. Additional score sheets or test booklets are extra.
If assessments are available on computer CDs or disks, note that the costs will be higher.
The information included in the directory comes from text found on publishers’ Web sites.
Tests are listed in alphabetical order.
Blank cells in the table indicate that information was not available on the publisher’s Web site.
For a more complete description of many of the tests listed here, see Kapes and Whitfield, A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments, 4th edition.
Brigance Life Skills/Employability Skills Inventories
The Career Key
Personnel Test for Industry-Oral Directions Test (PTI)
Physical and Functional Capacities
NOTE: Many tests used to measure physical and functional capacities are not commonly published but are used primarily in clinical settings by physicians and therapists (occupational, physical, speech and language, etc.).
Ansell-Casey Life Skills (ACLSA)
Purdue Pegboard Test
Talent Assessment Program
Transition Planning Inventory (TPI)
VALPAR Work Samples
Selected Subdomains Assessments Related to Learning Disabilities
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)
The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) for Ages 6-18 obtains reports from parents, other close relatives, and/or guardians regarding children’s competencies and behavioral/emotional problems. The Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL) for ages 18 to 59 include normed scales for adaptive functioning, empirically based syndromes, substance use, internalizing, externalizing, and Total Problems.
Youth and adults, aged 6 to 59. Versions in Spanish are available.
The CBCL scales are based on new factor analyses of parents’ ratings of 4,994 clinically referred children, and are normed on 1,753 children aged 6 to 18. The ABCL profiles display scale scores in relation to norms for each gender at ages 18-35 and 36-59, based on national probability samples.
Qualifications required to administer
The use and interpretation of ASEBA materials require graduate training in standardized assessment of at least the Master’s degree level, plus thorough knowledge of the relevant Manuals and documentation. Administration of the SCICA additionally requires supervised experience in interviewing children.
The ACT is a college entrance exam that assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
High school students and others who plan on applying to college.
Qualifications required to administer
Administered by trained staff at test centers.
Must be taken at a regional or local test center. See Web site for more information. Information about test accommodations is available at: http://www.act.org/aap/disab/
Time needed for administration
Three hours and thirty minutes. Longer if the optional writing test is included.
Scores are given to each test area. The Composite Score is the average of four Test Scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. The Composite score is used by colleges and others to place students.