Understanding Aptitude Tests: How ‘Divergent’ Are You?

Understanding Aptitude Tests: How ‘Divergent’ Are You?

Aptitude tests were around ever since we started asking, 'Are you Able'. Taking cues from 'Divergent' our guest blogger examines why you should take them.

Enjoyed watching Divergent? Here are the real-life takeaways you can take from it.
Enjoyed watching Divergent? Here are real-life takeaways you can take from it.

In a society divided into 5 different factions based on human virtues, what makes you different makes you dangerous. Take the test to find out what you are made of. It’s irresistible . 10 questions and it tells you your strengths.

If you’ve read the book or watched the movie,  you’ll know that the action in Divergent starts with an aptitude test. Will Tris get to join the Dauntless faction (known for its bravery), Erudite with its emphasis on brains, Abnegation for self-sacrifice or another? It takes a test to find out and determine her life .

Aptitude Tests in Real Life

Closer to real life, can an aptitude test help you understand what you are good at? Can it help you choose your career and your life?  Some say yes, some say no. But there’s no doubt that despite the disagreement, it is a productive exercise.

So which test do you do ? 

The classic Myers Briggs, the left brain right brain test, the Holland Occupational test ? If you are interested , The Test Book by Mikael Krogerous & Roman Tschappler is a good place to start.

“Tests are as old as humanity, and there are four fundamental questions that we have never stopped asking: ’Are you guilty?’, ‘Are you able?’, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Am I sick?’. The authors tell us, before they go onto their compilation of 64 different tests. Read this book, and try the tests.

Or try the AMCAT Test, started by MIT alumnus Varun Aggaawal and IIT Delhi Alumnus Himanshu Aggarwal. Like Amrita Koul and others, take it to know yourself and land a job too!

Contributed By Sonya Dutta Choudhury, 
Author Career Rules : How to Choose Right and get the Life You Want