Most college freshmen don't have a specific major in mind when they start school, so they explore various fields of study through general education courses. But you don't have to wait until you start college to start getting a feel for future majors and career possibilities.
Career aptitude assessments are a great way for high school students to figure out where their interests lie. That’s why so many guidance counselors recommend them when students come with questions about “what to major in” or “what do I want in a career.” Sure, your interests could change over time (that’s expected), but it's a great place to start. You might even discover options that you hadn't considered before.
If you already know what college you will be attending, check their career services website for these kinds of resources. It's pretty common for colleges and universities to provide career guidance tools for free on their website. Once you are a college student, you can take the results from your assessment and sit down with a career counselor to find out how your results can guide you to an ideal major, plan out your courses, research internships, and more.
But for those of you still in high school, here are some popular career tests you can take right now to help you explore your options:
The Aptitude Test is divided into seven parts that take about three minutes a piece. Each part asks questions pertaining to verbal, numerical, perceptual, spatial, technical, acuity, and analytical reasoning. While each part can only be taken once, you can complete them in any order. This is a great test for helping you find careers and majors based on “what you’re good at.”
Princeton has the best of both worlds. If you have an idea of what you want to study, you can search through the categories to see how well you score on their aptitude tests. If you don’t know, they have a five-minute quiz to get a better idea.
This site has a wide range of different aptitude test that one can browse around for free. Their categories are numerical, verbal, non-verbal, mechanical, mixed, and miscellaneous.
Career assessments aren't always 100% accurate, but they are a good place to start. Take one, or take them all—either way, you will be on the path to choosing a major and a future career!
Here are four other articles that will help you choose a major:
- How a Simple Personality Test Can Help You Choose a Major
- Undecided? 3 Best Majors for Deciding Students
- Top 4 Majors with the Best Entry-Level Opportunities
- 4 Common Myths About Choosing a College Major
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