Psychometric testing is an invaluable tool in accessing your child’s abilities and directing them on the right career path. Children are asked at a young age to select to make choices that will affect their futures and possible there whole lives. Psychometric testing is a phrase that strikes fear and unease in many children but it really shouldn’t. It is up to the parents to ensure the child is well-informed on what the tests entail, and how the results can ultimately help them to make better decisions regarding their future. There are ways to help your child prepare for the psychometric tests and to ensure that they achieve the results that they deserve.
As a parent it is your duty to ensure that should your child be subjected to psycometric evaluation, the evaluator should be qualified to carry out the tests and to supply comprehensive feedback.
There are so many ways to help your child to reach greater heights.
- Diet – ensuring your child eats a healthy diet will ensure that your child is healthy in body and mind. Eating certain foods encourages production of chemicals that allow your child to feel great which will improve their confidence and outlook in general.
- Exercise – your child should follow a regular exercise routine. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be a complete intensive workout, even a mild jog will help. Exercise enables your brain to produce chemicals for that all over feeling of well-being. Exercise is a terrific way to relieve stress and to clear your mind of unwanted clutter. Your child’s body will feel healthy and strong as will their mind.
- Sleep is something that is definitely underrated. Sleep is necessary to ensure that your child’s body is well rested and ready to take on any tasks at hand. Sleep relieves stress and allows your child to start each day with a clear, focused mind. Never underestimate the value of a good night sleep. It is undeniably a tool that every child should have at their disposal.
- Encourage your child to take psychometric tests online, preferably a variety of them. Repeat the tests and improve results. The improvement in results will boost your child’s confidence and encourage them to try even harder.
- Encourage other forms of exercising the brain, word games, suduko, crosswords, these are all tools that increase concentration, numeracy, logic and brain power.
- Time you child while he/she takes the practice tests. The tests will be carried out in a timed environment and your child must be able to cope with that added pressure.
- Explain to your child that this is not a test of whether they are good enough it is simply to access where they are strongest and what areas they need to work on a bit harder. It can’t be passed or failed. Your child should be relaxed and calm in order to perform and achieve properly to full their potential.
- Read – reading will help your child to increase his/her vocabulary which will improve their English over all. Better vocabulary will result in improved writing skills as well as comprehension and understanding of the written word.
- Ensure your child has the tools available that are required. If a calculator is allowed, ensure your child has one that is functioning and that they know how to properly use the instrument to achieve the desired results.
- Believe – your child will only perform as well as his/her confidence allows. Encourage your child to believe in their abilities, boost their confidence regularly and let them know when they have performed and achieved.
The key to success in any form of psychometric test is practise, practise and more practise. The skills required are skills which can be bettered and improved through regular repetition so your child really has no excuse for lack of improvement if he/she is prepared to put in the work.
Encourage your child to listen with care to the feedback provided by the evaluator and to take avid part in the question and answer one-on-one scenario. This will allow the evaluator to make a full accessment of your child. Ask your child to be honest and upfront with the evaluator and to take any suggestions made into consideration.The career psychologist or evaluator is not their enemy and they need to realize from the start that this person is here to help them in any way that they can.
Let your child understand that their future is in their own hands. It is not up to the career psychologist to decide for them. He/she will simply help them to realize where they are strongest and which career choices suit those factors at the present moment. If your child has other ideas, the career psychologist can guide them by suggesting which areas they will need to work on improving in order to reach success.
Your child has a mind of his/her own and they should be allowed to decide for themselves which is the best possible future for them. You, as the parent, should however allow them to discover things about themselves they may not have realized or may have been suppressing. Children are often afraid to focus on things they really want to do for fear of disappointing their parents or being frowned upon by their peers and of course, the ever present fear of failing.
Allow your child every opportunity to discover themselves and to find a path that is perfectly suited to them. Failure is not a disaster if you see it in the right frame of mind. There is always something you can learn froma failed attempt at something and you will be sure to approach your next task in a different way completely.
Life is a series of learning curves and each should be dealt with by having all the information possible accessible. Give your child the flying start they truly deserve.