Team Focus aptitude and personality assessments
If you are a student or graduate, you can take aptitude and personality tests through Team Focus to help you make choices about your career.
The Team Focus package
The package is provided with support from the Alumni Fund. It includes aptitude tests and three personality assessments designed to help you establish your learning style, personality type and values determining motivation at work.
There are three different aptitude test types:
- Abstract Reasoning Skills (15 minutes, after example questions)
- Numerical Reasoning Skills (20 minutes, after example questions)
- Verbal Reasoning Skills (20 minutes, after example questions)
These assessments will help you gain an understanding of yourself. They help you with not only career development and choices but also development in other areas such as study skills and relationships.
Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI)
It helps you understand more about your personality. This is useful in recognising situations and behaviours you are more comfortable with and therefore it may influence your career planning. In any case it will help you understand differences between people and identify where it may be advantageous to adjust your behaviour in certain circumstances.
Learning Styles Indicator (LSI)
It helps you understand why some learning environments may be more difficult for you and think about how you can maximise your learning.
Values-based Indicator of Motivation (VbIM)
It helps you establish what you are most likely to value from your work and employers and appreciate how values influence whom you want to become.
Accessing the tests
Before you begin taking an assessment, we recommend you read the access instructions and sample reports.
Tips to help you complete the tests
A handout with practice questions for the numerical, verbal and abstract tests is available at the Careers Service. You can use it or view the sample reports to check if these are useful tests for you to complete.
The numerical test is not the style most typically encountered by our users and not so difficult. We recommend you also complete the Graduates First numerical tests. Unlike most numerical tests, you must not use a calculator for this one.
Before the test starts you might like to note down the number of questions or ‘blocks of questions’. These are given in the introductions but once you start the test, the screen doesn’t show how far through you are. The time left is clearly counted down and you can skip back and forward to check, but that takes up time.
If you want to repeat any test you will initially be told you can’t. Log out and in again and you will be able to take the test again.