Morrisby Vocational Guidance (IQ and Aptitude) Test Results.
This is a professional test from The Morrisby Organisation. Conducted over many sessions, it assesses IQ and aptitude,
as well as general careers interests. More information about the test is detailed here.
I took the tests aged 16, in 1992. The results are as compared to my peers which are 'people who go on to take A levels and a degree'.
The results, writeup and feedback was provided in a booklet, and I have typed the results up here, with no omissions or alterations.
|Abstract Reasoning||Ability to solve complex, often technical, problems||Very Strong|
|Verbal Ability||Dealing with words and verbal concepts||Very Strong|
|Numerical Ability||Dealing with numbers and figure work (not necessarily maths)||Very Strong|
|Perceptual Ability||Dealing with direct observations and real things (not words/ numbers)||Very Strong|
|Spatial Ability||Dealing with plans, drawings and shapes||Strong|
|Mechanical Ability||Simple mechanical ideas (not physics)||Strong|
|Practicality||Both together, they give practicality||Strong|
|Mental Awareness||Mentally quick, on the ball||Average|
|Mental Flexibility||Able to change direction of thought||Very Strong|
|Inner Confidence||Sureness of own abilities||Strong|
|Initiative||How many ideas a person has and can express. Taking responsibility||Average|
COMPARED TO MY PEERS:
|Test Type||Range of Ability||% of population|
|Abstract Reasoning||80-95%||in top 20%|
|Verbal Ability||75-90%||in top 30%|
|Numerical Ability||90-100%||in top 10%|
|Perceptual Ability||90-100%||in top 10%|
|Spatial Ability||55-75%||in top 50%|
|Mechanical Ability||55-75%||in top 50%|
|Outdoor/Physical||Needing physical, not mental, effort||Dislike|
|Scientific||Working with scientific principles||Neutral|
|Social||Looking after people's problems||Like|
|Artistic||Field of art/literature/music||Like|
|Commercial||Concerning the running of businesses||Dislike|
|Practical/Technical||Making things and seeing the result||Neutral|
|Security||Support if needed||Neutral|
|Pride||Valuable work, to high personal level||Important|
|Autonomy||Controlling your own work||Neutral|
|Verbal||- - - - X - - - -||Technical|
|Business/Commerce||- - - - X - - - -||Service to people|
|Learn by understanding||- - - X - - - - -||Learn by memory|
|Theoretical||- - X - - - - - -||Directly practical|
|More assured||- - X - - - - - -||Less assured|
|More flexible||- - X - - - - - -||Less flexible|
VIEW OF THINGS:
|Overall view|| - - - - X - - - - ||Detailed view|
TYPE OF CONFIDENCE:
|Outer confidence, initiative, decisive|| - - - - X - - - - ||Inner confidence, not brash, inwardly sure|
BALANCE BETWEEN ABILITIES AND PERSONALITY:
|Abilities stronger|| - - - - X - - - - ||Personality stronger|
The scores indicate a very high level of abstract reasoning - the ability
to understand highly complex concepts - so it is unlikely that you would
enjoy routine work. You need to find an area with the opportuntity to use
this very high level of problem solving ability. Compared to your peers,
your level is high. Your verbal and numerical ability (relevant to exam
success) is very high - top 10%.
The very high level of your ability suggests that you would do well in
virtually any field. The type of career you find best suited must depend
on your other abilities and interests.
You have a high level of general practical ability. You appear able to see
a situation as a whole, while also seeing the details, keeping things in
perspective. The high level indicates that you are capable while dealing
with down to earth, practical problems. Whilst this level is high, your
other abilities are even stronger and so you may prefer an area with scope
to use these other abilities rather than in a directly practical area.
The general approach is characterised by the very high combined level of
verbal, numerical and perceptual abilities, coupled with a similar level of
abstract reasoning. This suggests an intellectual approach and that you
prefer to think a problem through, rather than finding a solution through
direct trial and error. This very high level of abstract reasoning
indicates an ability to work things out from first principles, rather than
relying solely on knowledge. This means that you prefer to work on an
intellectual plane, applying your knowledge and abilities to theoretical
concepts rather than at the direct, practical action, level. This bodes well
for academic success.
Your score on mental awareness coupled with the very high score on mental
flexibility indicates that you are adaptable and should cope well with
changing situations. You will prefer some variety in your work, but could
stick with a single task if necessary. The score on initiative shows that you
have the confidence to express your ideas, are able to lead a team and cope
well with a front-line position. On the score of inner confidence, your
high result suggests that you are inwardly sure of yourself and are concerned
with getting things right. Your abilities seem slightly more important than
the personality measures, so it is important that your career provides you
with the opportunities to use your abilities fully.
You tend to work at an average speed with your hand and show a good degree
of manual skill. This suggests a good degree of deftness at this speed.
You seem to have an interest in social work - dealing in people as an end in
themselves, not just as a means to an end. You dislike commercial work and
outdoor work. As your abilities are very versatile, interest is important in
You place emphasis on work that you see as valuable, as well as having the
opportunity to become an expert in your chosen field. You would not enjoy
routine work, preferring to be fully involved in the field. For this reason
you need an area where the work is, at least in part, determined by yourself.
You also appear concerned with interesting work. If it was monotonous or
routine work you would be unhappy, even if it was well paid. Given your
abilities, this is not surprising.
- Computer programmer
- Systems analyst
- Electronic engineering
- Civil service
- Sound/recording engineer
- Aeronautical engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Patent office work
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