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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the O*NET Ability Profiler for selection?

No, the O*NET Ability Profiler was designed specifically for career exploration, career counseling, and career planning purposes. Validity studies have not been conducted for using the O*NET Ability Profiler for selection purposes. The O*NET Ability Profiler must not be used for personnel selection.

A number of sources are available to help organizations locate suitable assessments and explore the reliability and validity of various assessments for specific uses. Some of the available sources include:

  • Buros Institute of Mental Measurements Test Reviews Online external site
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (published by Buros Institute of Mental Measurements)
  • Tests in Print (published by Buros Institute)
  • Test Critiques (by Daniel J. Keyser and Richard C. Sweetland)
  • Testing and Assessment: An Employer's Guide to Good Practices (published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration). This guide contains information applicable to workforce investment programs concerned with evaluating tests and assessments.

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