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Introduction to Childrens Personality Tests

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Psychometric tests called typically form part of any candidate data that’s used to inform selection decisions. There have also been parallel developments in the design of Childrens Personality Tests. For example:

  • California Q-Sort for Children – Arrange one hundred personality statements for easily quantifiable personality research about children.
  • School Situation Survey – Assessment of students’ perceptions of school-related sources and manifestations of stress.
  • State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children – The definitive instrument for measuring anxiety in children. The STAI-CH distinguishes between a general proneness to anxious behavior rooted in the personality and anxiety as a fleeting emotional state.

 

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Psychometric test intro

Psychometric tests are:

  • Structured assessments.
  • Used to evaluate candidate competence for…
  • Working effectively in specific roles
  • Or following the best matched career path.

How are psychometric tests used?

Most enterprise companies around the globe use pre-employment psychometric tests as a part of their  ATS’s (applicant tracking system).

Some people complain about struggling to pass tests to get their jobs. Still, the most common reasons for failing aptitude tests are as follows:

  • Self-awareness of your strengths at answering each of the different types of question on the personality questionnaire
  • Understanding which are your weakest areas.
    • Lack of preparation.
    • Focusing most of your psychometric test preparation on your weakest question areas.
    • With only around a quarter to a fifth to ensure you can run through your stronger test question sections in the most efficient way possible.

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WONDERLIC Personality Test

  • A very effective and popular examination process.
  • Determines problem-solving aptitude and the cognitive abilities across a range of professions.
  • Divided into two individual formats. Shorter version consists of 30 questions (8 minutes). Longer version with 50 questions (12 minutes).
  • This test has a particular range of scores from 10 to 50.
  • For example, a score of 20, points to an average intelligence similar to an IQ of 100.
  • Available in 12 diverse languages.
  • Usually free.

California Q-Sort – Childrens Personality Test

  • The Q-Sort method, or the California Q-Sort for Children, is an instrument that professional observers use to assess children’s personalities. The tool has contributed essential information on the nature of personal development within preschool-age children.
  • The comprehensive instrument contains 100 cards that display a statement describing the personalities of the tested children.
  • Among the 100 sets of the dataset, column names that end with “_c” suggest scores of criteria sorts, while column names that end with “_s” indicate scales’ scores. The professional observer arranges the card sets to describe the child.
  • The professional assessors use the Q-Sort instrument to rate the child in terms of emotional, behavioural, cognitive and social characteristics. The first Q-Sort method identifies three distinct personalities.
  • The first personality trait is ‘resilient’, which measures whether the child is self-confident, energetic, and/or emotionally stable.
  • This measurement technique is reliable in revealing personality traits as the assessor provides independent judgment based on the extracted data.
  • CQ-Sort has several advantages as it requires less training for the assessor, it accommodates a variety of information, avoids errors in ratings, and depends on individual judgment. Overall, the Q-Sort test gives leverage against several common difficulties in studying individuals’ personality traits.

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School Situation Survey

  • Stress among school students is common. The School Situation Survey (SSS) is a tool that assists in identifying the reasons for stress among school students. It also demonstrates how stress occurs. The SSS has scales that are categorised into two parts.
  • The first scale considers the sources of stress.
  • It has been identified through the SSS model that the main sources of stress are related to teacher interaction, peer interaction, academic pressure and academic self-concept. The second scale focuses on the manifestation of stress.
  • This considers emotional, physiological and behavioural implications that identify the particular stressors of the child.
  • After scaling the sources and manifestation of stress, the professional assessor scores the student’s stress level.
  • To further justify the validity of the measurement tool, additional variable scales have been considered beyond the four scales for sources of stress, with three scales for the manifestation of stress.
  • By using SSS, the assessor gets broad information, making it easy to interpret the final result.

 

State-trait Anxiety Inventory 

  • The State-trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAI-CH) was first developed by Spielberger. It is a self-report instrument used for assessing the degree of anxiety among children.
  • It differentiates between a general tendency for anxious behaviour that is rooted within the child’s personality and anxiety caused by a momentary emotional state. Junior high school and upper elementary children are the main users of this instrument.
  • The STAI-CH instrument contains a 220-item scale that measures the level of anxiety to the most appropriate figure. One of the advantages of this instrument is that it is easy to interpret and the assessor can communicate it verbally to young children.
  • Despite being the most frequently used instrument for anxiety measurement, STAI-CH has certain limitations. The scale used for measuring the degree of anxiety is long and complicated.
  • Children who have minimum knowledge of the language or who have issues reading might need help from others to fill in the form. This might impair the validity and reliability of the result obtained therein.
  • Children of a younger age may also struggle to understand the questions that they have to answer in the form.
  • To resolve such issues, the developer has proposed a shorter form that contains six items for measuring the anxiety of pre-school children. A score of six on the scale for STAI-CH indicates a low level of anxiety, whilst a scale equivalent to 24 on the STAI-CH indicates that the child has maximum anxiety.

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Personality Test Validation 

The key benefit is the production of a report that highlights those personality factors that are important for success leading to improvements in future recruitment. Other possible benefits are firstly, the development of clear decision rules to make recruitment both more efficient and more effective. Secondly, establishing how the client’s staff differ in terms of personality from other groups.

What is personality test validity?

“Convergent” or “construct” validity scientifically checks whether we’re really measuring what we’ve set out to measure.

  • In the case of pre-hire assessments, are we really measuring personality?
  • Are we identifying something else about our test-takers? Such as their reading ability, English fluency, memory, or ability to stick with a task?

 

Personality test Validation Stages

Stage 1 – Identify the following:

  • Who should complete the personality. Each participant should be doing a similar role. Examples of suitable job performance criteria:
  • sales figures
  • appraisal ratings
  • development or assessment center competency ratings or pass/fail criteria
  • length of service

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Stage 2 – Personality Test Validation

An excellent way of obtaining job performance data is to use a managerial Performance Rating form. Managers rate behavioural criteria that are important in their particular role.  Some of the benefits include getting better quality data, getting around the “political” problems of appraisal ratings and covering all aspects of job performance focusing on those which would be more likely to correlate to the 16PF.

At the same time it is worthwhile asking people to rate themselves on the same criteria using a Performance Rating form.

Stage 3 – Personality Test Data Collection

Arrange for identified employees to complete the personality test. Also for their respective managers to complete individual Performance Rating forms.

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Final Stage of Personality Test Validation

ROB WILLIAMS ASSESSMENT will conduct all the statistics – requiring a couple of days work – and share the results with the client in the form of a short report – also requiring a couple of days work.