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Vocational Testing

  1. Brian J. Taber

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1029

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Taber, B. J. 2010. Vocational Testing. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Oakland University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The purpose of vocational testing lies in the premise that the selection of an occupation requires the clarification of one's self-concept and its implementation in the world of work (Super, 1951). This basic premise has its roots in the foundation of career counseling that was laid down a century ago. Frank Parsons's (1909) landmark work, Choosing a Vocation, outlined a model for effective vocational guidance that continues to be a mainstay of modern career counseling. In making a wise vocational choice, Parsons stated that there are three factors that need to be considered:

(1) a clear understanding of yourself, your aptitudes, abilities, interests, ambitions, resources, limitations, and their causes; (2) a knowledge of the requirements and conditions of success, advantages and disadvantages, compensation, opportunities and prospects in different lines of work; (3) true reasoning on the relations of these two groups of facts.

(Parsons, 1909, p. 5)


  • abilities;
  • occupational interests;
  • work values;
  • vocational assessment