Self-Assessment Tools

Resources for successful career planning

One of the biggest mistakes people can make in career planning is not taking the time to find a career path that matches their strengths, interests and goals.

These tools can help you discover career options based on your interests, better understand your personality type, and see whether a career in healthcare is right for you.

These nationally recognized assessment tools are just a few favorites of local career counselors.  For more in depth assessment or for assistance in interpreting your results, find a career counselor near you.

You can also get a better idea of your academic strengths and weaknesses with:

ACCUPLACER test

  • Who takes the Accuplacer?  Massachusetts community colleges require students to take this college placement exam.
  • Why take the Accuplacer? The results of this test, along with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection.  Preparing for the Accuplacer exam can help you place into college level English and Math courses.  Students who do not place into college level courses must take additional courses to prepare which leads to longer periods of time for certificate or degree completion.
  • How do I prepare for the Accuplacer? Working with a career counselor with access to practice tests and online tutorials or participating a prep session at a local college can help you prepare for the Accuplacer.

TABE test (Test of Adult Basic Education)

  • Who takes the TABE? This is an academic assessment for adult learners. It offers both basic (Reading, Math, Language, Vocabulary, Spelling) and advanced (Science, Social Studies, Algebra/Geometry, Writing) tests.
  • Why take the TABE? One-Stop Career Centers require adults who may be eligible for federal training dollars to take the TABE.  Adult Basic Education Centers use the TABE with adult learners.
  • How do I prepare for the TABE? The best way to prepare is to work with a career counselor.

More assessment tools are available at local colleges and One-Step Career Centers. It can be very helpful to have a professional counselor help to interpret the results of your personal, career and academic assessments. Then he or she can help you use your results to create a detailed, personalized career and/or academic plan.

 

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50% of all healthcare workers work in a hospital
A
True
B
False
Question 1 Explanation: 
False. Approximately 30% of Western Mass healthcare workers work in a hospital. Others have jobs in the community, in nursing homes, or in "ambulatory healthcare services" - doctors' offices, home healthcare and diagnostic labs.