How is your career test different than an SAT, LSAT, or GMAT?
The pathfinders career testing is very different from scholastic aptitude tests like the SAT, LSAT and GMAT. We measure a profile of your inborn abilities—the roots of the tree—where scholastic tests skim the tree tops. Scholastic aptitudes tests largely measure “learned” skills and only loosely suggest innate strengths in just two broad areas (i.e., math and language).
Our research has found that scholastic testing adds little value to helping you understand what your best talents are. For example, you can rigorously study sample test problems in an advance test prep course and score pretty well on the SAT even though you may not have the natural aptitudes that underlie good performance in math or language-based subject matter.
In making good career choices, scholastic aptitude tests are misleading; they do not single out your unique mix of innate abilities. We believe the SAT has become even less reliable today in predicting one’s ability to perform, mainly because many high school students are being mentored to “game” the test to achieve a maximum score. Innovative companies like Google, the masters of Big Data, have discovered that SAT scores are not a reliable predictor of their best performers and have started to hire people without college degrees. They look for people who are “being their career” by doing it for fun. If it walks and talks like a duck, it must be a duck.
We’ve met many professionals who scored very high on the LSATs and went on to become lawyers. After realizing that they were not enjoying their work, they came to Pathfinders for career testing and found that several of their innate abilities were mismatched or underutilized when performing the key job tasks typically required in the legal profession. We’ve helped thousands of white collar professionals, quite often with master’s level educations, who were amazed to learn of their “real” innate ability for the first time.