O*NET® Ability Profiler™

The O*NET Ability Profiler (AP) is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan their work lives. The O*NET Ability Profiler uses a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Individuals can use O*NET Ability Profiler results to:

  • Identify their strengths and areas for which they might want to receive more training and education
  • Identify occupations that fit their strengths

The O*NET Ability Profiler measures nine job-relevant abilities:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Computation
  • Spatial Ability
  • Form Perception
  • Clerical Perception
  • Motor Coordination
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Manual Dexterity

O*NET Ability Profiler Features

  • The O*NET Ability Profiler must be administered by staff who provide instructions to individuals taking the assessment
  • User Guide provided for workforce development professionals
  • Flexible administration:
    • It can be administered in individual or group settings
    • It has both paper and pencil and optional apparatus sections
  • Computerized scoring
  • Results from the O*NET Ability Profiler:
    • Are presented on computer-generated customized score reports
    • Can be linked to the over 950 occupations in O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and Mi Pr贸ximo Paso
    • Are easily interpreted
    • Can be used on a stand-alone basis or with other O*NET Career Exploration Tools or with privately and/or publicly developed systems
  • The O*NET Ability Profiler was developed:
    • Following rigorous scientific procedures
    • With help from customers and leading experts in the field of assessment research, to ensure that it is a valid, user-friendly, assessment tool for career exploration, career planning, and career counseling

Getting Started

The O*NET® Ability Profiler™ consists of several components:

  • Instrument Materials
  • Administration Materials
  • Scoring Materials
  • Training Materials

To administer the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need both the O*NET Ability Profiler Instrument Materials and the O*NET Ability Profiler Administration Materials.

To score the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Materials.

To conduct training on how to administer the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need the O*NET Ability Profiler Training Materials.

The O*NET Ability Profiler may be redistributed or used to develop other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions and Reports and Documents sections for additional information about the O*NET Ability Profiler.

To administer the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need both the O*NET Ability Profiler Instrument Materials and the O*NET Ability Profiler Administration Materials. You can download these materials as PDF files, or order printed copies from the Government Printing Office. Ordering information for the Instrument and Administration Materials, along with the Dexterity Boards needed for Parts 8 through 11, follows below.

  • The Instrument Materials include all of the items needed by the participants/examinees to complete Parts 1 through 7 of the O*NET Ability Profiler. Scannable answer sheets are not downloadable, but must be ordered. Non-scannable answer sheets, suitable for use with the Ability Profiler Data Entry Program, are available for download. For more information about the Ability Profiler Data Entry Program, see the Scoring section.

  • The Administration Materials include the components that the assessment administrator will need to administer the O*NET Ability Profiler.

Download PDF Files

For a more detailed description of the available files and their contents, please see Ability Profiler File Descriptions (PDF).

Help us better serve our customers: please register your use of the Ability Profiler.
The O*NET Ability Profiler may be redistributed or used to develop other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.
Instrument Materials:
Administration Materials:
Print Shop:
for professional reproduction

Ordering

Pre-printed copies of these materials may be available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) external site. Please check their website for stock and pricing information.

To order scannable answer sheets used to administer Parts 1-6, contact:

Pearson Print Services
Telephone: 1-800-533-0518, ext. 4186
Email: Print.Services@Pearson.com
Note: Please use Item #105668-3 when ordering.

To order the optional Manual Dexterity Pegboards and Finger Dexterity Boards needed to administer Parts 8 through 11, contact:

Nelson Education Ltd., Canada
Telephone: 1-800-268-2222 (toll free)
Fax: 1-800-430-4445
Online: http://assess.nelson.com/group/gp-gatb.html external site

These materials may also be available from local employment service offices or state workforce development agencies. If state or local offices have an excess inventory of boards that they would like to make available, please send contact information for posting on this web page to O*NET Customer Service (onet@onetcenter.org).

The AP provides two options for computerized scoring. Users can choose a scoring option with optical mark reading equipment or utilize an option that does not require optical mark reading equipment. (Non-scannable answer sheets are now available for users without optical mark reading equipment.)

To score the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Materials. This includes the Scoring Program Software (a Windows executable) and the Scoring Program User's Guide. Optional materials include a Data Entry program for entering responses without an optical scanner, non-scannable answer sheets, and pre-marked response sheets for calibrating scanning equipment.

Scoring Software and User's Guide — Version 4.2

The O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Program Software uses Occupational Ability Profiles (OAPs) to relate the abilities of users completing the Ability Profiler Instrument with abilities important to performance in occupations. Beginning with Version 4.0, new OAPs have been developed that enable users to take advantage of the most up-to-date occupational information from the O*NET Data Collection Program in their career search, using their abilities to explore the world of work. Version 4.2 incorporates data from the O*NET 17.0 database.

For the new OAPs, O*NET descriptors were linked to the abilities measured by the O*NET Ability Profiler. The new OAPs differ from those used in the original scoring software and validation results indicate that they are more appropriate for matching individual scores on the Ability Profiler to occupations found in the O*NET system.

For further information about the OAP update, see Updating Occupational Ability Profiles with O*NET Content Model Descriptors.

The files for the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Program Software and Ability Profiler Scoring Program User's Guide are provided below to enable users to download and use the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Program Software. For questions regarding installation, refer to the installation instructions contained in the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Program User's Guide.

Download:

Data Entry Program

The O*NET Ability Profiler Data Entry Program provides users a method for manually entering the responses from the O*NET Ability Profiler Answer Sheet and creating an input file that can be used by the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Software. The O*NET Data Entry Program has a user-friendly design with a verification process that helps users reduce the chance of data entry errors. This process aids in obtaining accurate results. While the use of a scanner is recommended, the O*NET Ability Profiler Data Entry Program provides an alternative method for entering data without the need for a scanner. Non-scannable answer sheets, suitable for use with the Ability Profiler Data Entry Program, are available for download.

Note: The link below is an executable program that can be run directly from your desktop. The easiest way to download it may be to right-click the link, choose "Save Target As...", and save the file to your desktop.

Download:

Response Sheets for Calibration

Pre-marked response sheets, used for calibrating the Ability Profiler scoring components, may be available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) external site. Please check their website for stock and pricing information.

An envelope cover for the response sheets is available for download below. For more information, please see Ability Profiler File Descriptions (PDF).

Desktop:
for individual viewing and printing
Print Shop:
for professional reproduction

To conduct training on how to administer the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need the O*NET Ability Profiler Training Materials. You can download these materials as PDF files, or order printed copies from the Government Printing Office.

Download PDF Files

For a more detailed description of the available files and their contents, please see Ability Profiler File Descriptions (PDF).

Help us better serve our customers: please register your use of the Ability Profiler.
The O*NET Ability Profiler may be redistributed or used to develop other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.
Desktop:
for individual viewing and printing
Print Shop:
for professional reproduction

Ordering

Pre-printed copies of these materials may be available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) external site. Please check their website for stock and pricing information.