Often, people face the problem of choice and uncertainty about their interests and desires. To solve this problem, various psychological tests can be implemented that give individuals the necessary information about the area where they can show greater effectiveness. Hence, an example of this approach is The Kuder Occupational Interest Survey, which is based on triads that must be ranked from most to least a preferred alternative. There are more that a hundred triads and after the test, it rankes from most to least preferred alternative and provides data on 10 general occupational interests. At the end of its passage, people are provided with data on ten general, occupational interests, from which they can start when making decisions.
The special significance of Cader testing is that it explores and compares different areas of occupations. Therefore, it has separate scales for college majors and men and women. Examples are the addition of such aspects as architect and journalist (female norms) and film and television producer or director (male norms) to testing (Kaplan & Saccuzzo, 2017). Further, The Kuder Occupational Interest Survey is divided into four main sections, each having its meaning and characteristics. Henceforth, the first one is responsible for the dependability of the results and provides an interpretation of answer patterns. The second section compares the answers provided with the normative ones. The third section compares the results obtained with the data of men and women who are happy with their occupations. The last section matches patterns of interest with those who chose other college majors (Kaplan & Saccuzzo, 2017). Moreover, this testing method is determined by good psychometrics, with indications of interest stability similar to those in the vital measures.
In conclusion, the Kuder Occupational Interest Survey becomes a valuable source of understanding which occupation is more appropriate for individuals. When conducting an assessment, it considers many aspects of the specialized triad, which provides a complete picture of people’s interests and capabilities. Moreover, it includes scales for college majors and men and women, which adds accuracy to this test. Each of the four sections has a special significance and effectiveness for conducting research.
Kaplan, R.M. & Saccuzzo, D.P. (2017). Psychological testing: Principles, applications, and issues. Cengage Learning.