Career Training Potentials

6 aptitude-achievement areas

The Career Training Potentials section consists of 98 items. The items within have been spiraled and placed within the scales according to degree of difficulty. The Verbal and Numerical sections measure aptitude-achievement. The Abstraction and Spatial-Form section are aptitude oriented, while the Organizing Skills and Mechanical-Electrical are achievement oriented. The individual is asked to make their favored response of four choices given.


This achievement score represents the level of English education the client has acquired in a formal educational setting. The Verbal items were selected to test the range of verbal ability an individual possesses. By measuring the client’s ability to read and comprehend words used in the English language, this area predicts ability to do school work. Special needs and ESL learners are identified by having scores in the 10’s and 20’s, while persons who score above average in this area for their educational level may be above average in general intelligence.

Suggested career areas for high scores in this area are Public Service, The Sciences, The Arts, Engineering & Related, Business Relations, Managerial, Sales, Service and Office & Administrative Support.

“One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.”
— Evelyn Waugh


This score, like the Verbal, is correlated with the amount of formal education acquired and measures an individual’s ability to perform basic mathematical functions. Most people have lower Numerical scores than Verbal scores. If the Numerical score is higher than the Verbal score, this may indicate a reading problem.

High scorers in this the Numerical area may wish to consider careers in Public Service, The Sciences, Engineering & Related, Business Relations and Managerial.

For those of you who think that calculating Pi is as easy as pie


This Career Training Potential measures an individual’s potential to perform problem solving in a logical manner without assistance from words or numbers. High scorers tend to do well at abstract problem solving, necessary for academic work. They often choose to pursue formal academic education at the post-secondary and graduate levels. Low scorers are usually better at concrete problem solving and usually prefer apprenticeship programs or on-the-job training to formal education. Abstraction scores higher than Verbal and Numerical scores often indicate an undereducated individual. Career areas for high scorers in the Abstractions are generally those which require a college education, especially occupations found in the Professional, Managerial and Technical area of the Career Interest Activities.

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Spatial - Form

This scale measures an individual’s potential for visualizing and thinking in three dimensions, for formulating a finished product from seeing the visual plans and the potential to sense forms and positions of things in space.

Suggested career areas for high Spatial-Form scorers are The Arts, Engineering & Related, Media Design, Machine Work, Bench Work, and Structural Work.

Michelangelo claimed that he could actually ‘see’ the form of his sculpture in the raw marble. His job was simply to release the figure.

Mechanical / Electrical

This scale measures an individual’s potential for constructing, operating and repairing machinery and understanding physical forces. This score also includes the influence of prior knowledge, understanding of and/or academic exposure to physics, electricity or electronics.

A high Mechanical/Electrical score may go along with the liking of Career Interest Activities in The Sciences, Engineering & Related or Mechanical & Electrical Work. Whether or not an individual prefers on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs or technical/trade school training versus desires to continue with college is often determined by  the Verbal,Numerical,and Abstraction scores.

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Organizing Skill

This scale measures the potential of an individual for organizing information, including the ability to perform sequential reasoning using letters, abbreviations, words and numbers.

Many profiles show a combination of high Verbal and Organizing Skill scores with low scores in the other four areas. This profile appears to go along with occupations in the Office & Administrative Support area. Some people have a high Organizing Skill aptitude, but receives little or no satisfaction from clerical duties and do not desire to engage in these activities. Suggested career areas for individuals such as these are in Public Service, The Sciences, Engineering & Related, Business Relations and Managerial.

Well, yes, my desk is messy — I’ve been told that it’s a sign of genius!