The test that awards an English professor 33 per cent for literacy

April 18, 1997

As a final-year student at University College London studying human sciences, I have been taking a serious look at my future career. After four months of applying for graduate training programmes with large companies and no job offer as yet, I have begun to feel that interviews alone do not give employers the chance to establish as accurate a picture as they need. Anything that would give me extra evidence of my qualities and aptitudes must be a good thing.

Earlier this year I sat the new Graduate Employability Test. The test lasts about an hour and is similar in parts to many of the other psychometric tests some employers use.

Though all the results might not be to one's liking, (my literacy score was lower than I had expected), I felt that the printout gave a standardised picture of a candidate's strengths and weaknesses, pointing to areas in which training might prove useful and allowing areas of exceptional ability to be highlighted. Above all, even though the test does not suggest specific careers, the information provided could be used by the student to indicate specific fields to which he/she might be best suited. In conclusion, I felt that the GET was a useful tool for students - all in all, a good thing.

For further information on the GET, telephone 0800 592 873.

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