One no longer needs to appear in person before an interview panel to gauge their capability to deliver on the job. Psychometric tests are being administered through the internet as well.
But there have been many critics of the idea of using psychometric test in school and during recruitment. Many argue about the inefficiency of the test to give the rue reflection of an individual. Critics argue than since the tests are academic in nature, it is disadvantageous for those who are not well in academics but can deliver when given the job. But the ideas of using psychometric test have been praised by many people as bringing to the organization the quality they want. Initially many organizations were faced with a problem of recruiting people who could not deliver on their jobs. That is why many people have found it necessary to use psychometric test which tends to focus on the whole individual relative to the skills required for job.
Schools have also found it necessary to use psychometric tests for the student. This is because school exist with an aim of developing the whole individual person. Throughout the developmental period they must find a way of assessing whether students are following the right growth path. This is why they find it useful to use the psychometric test to assess the level of development of their students. In a school set up schools can be limited on the number of tests they administer to individual students which will depend on their level of education. But it is important to not that psychometric tests do not vary very much with the usual tests that are given in schools except that they tend to dig deep into the individual rather that focusing on the academic performance of the student.
Before we go further into discussing why school and organizations finds it appropriate to use psychometric test, let us first try to understand what these tests are and how they are administered to individual.
Psychometric is a term that describes measuring of mind. It is derived from psycho - which means mind and metric - which means to measure. Hence as the term suggest, psychometric tests are standards that have been designed to asses the level of performance of the mind. They are instruments that attempt to find characteristics of the mind that makes an individual different from others. Psychometric tests are meant to assess the level of performance of an individual in terms of the capacity to solve issues logically. Psychometric tests mostly take form of a simple question. It provides accurate information on what one wants to assess. These tests have been developed over a long period of time through various psychological experiments.
Psychometric tests are meant to measure any attribute of a human being that one want to asses. They don't only measure intelligence or smartness of an individual. Many psychometric tests developed now day's moves away form measuring intelligence since it has been realized that intelligent is more complex in nature determined by multifaceted aspects of human character and experience. Intelligence does not determine success in life. It is understood that classical IQ contributes about 40 percent of individual