There is a moment in the life of every person in which you have to decide what you want to dedicate professionally; for this you must first find out what you like. The Kuder vocational preferences test is a test that evaluates these aspects.
This test allows to guide students and adults who do not know exactly what sector or profession to opt for. In this article we will know the 10 scales that the test evaluates, as well as its most relevant characteristics.
Kuder vocational preferences test: characteristics
Kuder’s vocational preference test, also called the Kuder Scale of Vocational Preferences, was developed by G. Frederic Kuder. Frederic Kuder (1903-2000) was a psychologist in psychology, born in Michigan.
He focused on studying, within the field of psychology, the interests of people, and developed four interest inventories that were translated into different languages.
The age of application of the Kuder vocational preferences test is from 15 years. Its form of administration can be individual or collective, and the duration of its application is approximately 1 hour (although there is no time limit).
On the other hand, the Kuder vocational preferences test consists of a test of the cognitive, standardized and objective type.
What do you evaluate?
The aim of the Kuder vocational preferences test is to know the general areas where the interests and preferences of the individual are located with respect to their professional vocation.
The test evaluates different aspects, grouped into 10 areas or fields of preferences (the 10 Kuder scales):
1. Outdoor work
High scores on this scale indicate that the subject has preferences for spending time in the field, the sea, forests, etc. He likes to grow plants, take care of animals … He orients us to a job like gardening, for example.
This type of subjects would not feel comfortable in a factory, laboratory or office, for example.
2. Mechanical interest
High scores here indicate interest or preference for working with machines and tools, as well as for constructing or arranging mechanical objects, electrical appliances, furniture, etc.
3. Interest in the calculation
Own people who like to work with numbers. Engineers, mathematicians, etc. belong here
4. Scientific interest
Own people who like to investigate facts or things, discover their causes and solve problems of different types. They have scientific curiosity. We relate it to professions such as biology, pharmacy, physics, chemistry, etc.
5. Persuasive interest
This area is representative of those subjects who want to deal with people, impose their points of view, persuade, sell some product or service, etc. Own commercial, for example.
6. Artistic-plastic interest
People with tastes for manual work, who can use combinations of colors, materials, shapes and designs, score high on this scale. That is, jobs that require some creativity.
7. Literary interest
This scale is typical of people who feel pleasure in reading and / or express their ideas orally or in writing. For example the editors or the writers.
8. Musical interest
Own of people with a marked taste for playing musical instruments; they usually like to dance, sing, read about music, study the lives of famous composers, attend concerts, etc.
9. Interest in social service
High scores on this scale indicate an interest in serving and accompanying others. It appears for example in future doctors, psychologists, social workers, etc.
10. Interest in office work
The last scale of the Kuder vocational preference test refers to people who like a type of desk job, which requires accuracy and precision.
In addition, the test has a Verification Scale (V) that allows recording the carelessness, the mistake and the choice of improbable answers. Your results will indicate if the test can be considered valid, doubtful or not valid.
The Test Manual provides an extensive list of occupations grouped according to the main area of interest or by pairs of areas; it is an “a priori” list, based on logical or content analysis.
Areas of application
The areas or contexts where the Kuder vocational preferences test is administered are the school setting, fornocer the professional interests of students, and the field of human resources (HR), with the same purpose as the previous one, as well as knowing the motivation of the aspirants to the different work positions.