Archive for January, 2012

Deadly bird flu research censored

As if that shit is going to keep any legit lab from making the next mass murdering pathogen.

Just get ready!

Deadly bird flu research paused amid bioterror fears – The Times of India.

Most Young Women are Crazy and need help!

Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. – or about one in five – suffered from mental illness in 2010, according to a government report released Tuesday, with women and young adults bearing the brunt of the crisis.

About 30 percent of the people who reported having a mental illness were between the ages of 18 and 25, twice as many cases as those seen in people 50 and older.

Females were also more likely to report having a mental illness; 23 percent versus 16.8 percent of men.

Researchers linked mental illness to substance abuse, saying Americans who experienced mental illness were three times more likely to have a drug or alcohol problem.Less than 40 percent of those with mental illnesses get professional help, according the study.

What kind of math is this?  Let’s see.

23 percent of women report having a mental illness

60% of those that are mentally ill do not seek professional help.

85% of those cases reported are in people less than 50 years old.

This starts to look like more than 50% of the women younger than 50 years old are mentally ill…….

THAT explains a lot!

via One in five people suffered mental illness in past year, new report says  – NY Daily News.

Female Children Get Pregnant because…..

In an attempt to call a spade a spade the Supreme Pundit has modified the article with strike through and additions in parentheses.

CDC: Many (female children) Didn’t Think They Could Get Pregnant

Survey Focuses on Teens  (female children) Who Had Unplanned Babies, Often Didn’t Use Birth Control

By Salynn Boyles

WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD

condom and jeans

Jan. 19, 2012 — Teens (female children) who have babies without meaning to often don’t use birth control because they think they can’t get pregnant, according to a CDC survey.

Half the teenage moms (female children) with unplanned pregnancies who responded to the survey said they weren’t using contraceptives when their babies were conceived.

About a third of those who had unprotected sex mistakenly believed they could not get pregnant at the time.

The CDC analysis, which appears in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(MMWR), is among the first to focus on teen moms (female children) who had unplanned pregnancies.

Its findings suggest an urgent need for better sex education and better access to contraception, says study co-researcher and CDC senior researcher Lorrie Gavin, PhD.

Interpretation….

(We must get these children able to have sex without consequences!)

About 1 in 4 Said Partners Nixed Birth Control

The survey included thousands of white, African-American, and Hispanic teen girls (female children), living in 19 states, who gave birth between 2004 and 2008.

Among the findings:

Nearly a fourth (23.6%) of the teens (female children)who did not use birth control said it was because their partners did not want to.

Twenty-two percent of the (female children) said even though they did not set out to have a baby, they would not mind if they got pregnant.

(female children) Teens in five states were asked about their use of specific contraceptives. About 24% used condoms, about 20% used oral contraceptives, and about 5% used highly unreliable methods such as rhythm and early withdrawal.

Hispanic teens (female children) were the most likely to mistakenly believe that they could not get pregnant at the time their babies were conceived, with 42% reporting this, compared to 32% of African-Americans and 27% of whites.

About 1 in 4 white and Hispanic teen moms (female children that gave birth) and 1 in 5 black teen moms (female children that gave birth) said they did not use birth control because their partners did not want to.

Teen Birth (female children that gave birth) Rate Declining, But Still High

While fewer teens (female children)overall are having babies in the United States, the teen birth (female children that gave birth) rate is still among the highest of any developed country. In 2009, close to 400,000 teens (female children that gave birth) in the U.S. gave birth, the CDC says.

Teen mothers (female children that gave birth) are more likely than other teenage girls (female children) to drop out of school and live below the poverty line, and their daughters are more likely to become teen mothers (female children that gave birth) themselves.

It was not clear why the 31% of teen moms (female children that gave birth) who did not use birth control mistakenly thought they could not get pregnant or why 22% said they did not really mind getting pregnant, even though it was not their intent.

“This was beyond the scope of the study, but it is an indication of ambivalence about this issue, which is a big problem in general,” Gavin says, adding that sex education efforts should stress motivating young girls to want to avoid pregnancy.

Lawrence Finer, PhD, of the reproductive health research and policy organization Guttmacher Institute, says it is clear from the survey that misperceptions about fertility are common.

“The risk of becoming pregnant with any one act of unprotected sex is small, so it may be that teen girls (female children that gave birth) who have sex a few times and don’t become pregnant come to believe that they can’t become pregnant,” he says.

Finer says there has been a decline in the number of programs providing comprehensive education about sexuality in recent years (for female children ).

“We are not providing teens (female children) with access to education and the broadest range of contraceptive options,” he says.

If you want to read the original politically correct it is here:

via CDC: Many Teen Moms Didn’t Think They Could Get Pregnant.

Prostitution legalized in California!

Additionally it has been approved by the Los Angeles City Council.  That is as long as a condom is used and the act is recorded for profit.

Hey it’s fucking prostitution if you have sex and get paid for it right?

This is where the femi-nazis could do themselves a favor.  If a woman can sell (rent) her body out on camera then it makes no difference what the setting is or who the participants are.

But the porn “industry” would not support prostitution. If you could go to a nice bordello or have a fine young lady drop by for an hour in exchange for a few greenbacks the porn “industry” would collapse overnight.

Condom use to be required for porn performers by Los Angeles law – Los Angeles Times.

OR: How the British empire lost the world and are now condemning all of western civilization. Just remember the British are the fools that could not change from having one line of troops all fire and then reload when men were dying at the hands of ignorant opposition that were more flexible.

That should have taught anyone that the British way of thinking is about rigidity not resourcefulness and conformity not creativity.

Any firm using the British way of hiring (tests, tests, and more tests) exposes that they are lazy and ignorant of what the tests are, how they were developed, and that they do not have the ability to properly interview applicants.

All this is well documented in the well researched book:

Amazon.com: The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves 9780743243568: Annie Murphy Paul: Books.

Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education, to decide on a career, to determine if they’ll be hired, to join the armed forces, and to settle legal disputes. Yet, according to award winning psychology writer Annie Murphy Paul, the sheer number of tests administered obscures a simple fact: they don’t work. Most personality tests are seriously flawed, and sometimes unequivocally wrong. They fail the field’s own standards of validity and reliability. They ask intrusive questions. They produce descriptions of people that are nothing like human beings as they actually are: complicated, contradictory, changeable across time and place. THE CULT OF PERSONALITY TESTING documents, for the first time, the disturbing consequences of these tests. Children are being labelled in limiting ways. Businesses and the government are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars every year, only to make ill-informed decisions about hiring and firing. Job seekers are having their privacy invaded and their rights trampled, and our judicial system is being undermined by faulty evidence. Paul’s eye-opening chronicle reveals the fascinating history behind a lucrative and largely unregulated business. Captivating, insightful, and sometimes shocking, THE CULT OF PERSONALITY TESTING offers an exhilarating trip into the human mind and heart.

If you find yourself in a position of taking any of these “tests” it is recommended that you either find the answers in a rar file somewhere on the web or at least do some practice tests…..

Other recommended practice tests

  • AssessmentDay Set up by mechanical engineering students the site gives practice tests in numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning, and includes a discussion forum
  • Criterion practice verbal and numerical test questions
  • Cubiks online assessment information with verbal and numerical practice tests
  • KCP provide guidance notes for Advanced Problem Solving Tests; Graduate and Management Problem Solving Series; and Short Verbal and Numerical Tests with answers to all the practice questions. (Look on the left hand navigation bar choose Online Testing/Practice Tests/For FREE guidance on taking KCP tests, questionnaires or simulation exercises)
  • KSL Training Provides help and tips for the SHL questionnaire and different types of SHL psychometric tests. It is designed to help candidates prepare both physically and mentally before any SHL assessment
  • Mark Parkinson lists practice psychometric tests and university admissions tests links
  • Morrisby Practice tests, ‘Getting ready’ section, and a list of Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • Numeracy Game sponsored by J.P. Morgan Timed numeracy tests for graduate job applicants with charts, graphs and data interpretation questions from the Top Employers website
  • Kogan Page Team Focus verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests with feedback
  • SHL Direct gives practice tests in different languages:General Cognitive AbilityVerbal ReasoningVerbal ComprehensionNumerical Reasoning

    Inductive Reasoning

    Mechanical Comprehension

  • TARGETjobs guide to psychometric tests
  • University of Kent Careers Timed online scored practice tests. Numerical Reasoning; Letter Sequences (logical reasoning); Non-Verbal Reasoning (spatial ability/diagrammatic reasoning); Verbal Reasoning; Vocabulary Test; Spelling and punctuation test; Lateral (Creative) Thinking Quiz; and Careers Explorer. (Thanks to the University of Kent, Careers for letting us link to these tests)
  • WikiJob – Aptitude tests give information on verbal and numerical reasoning tests. They also offer free verbal reasoning practice aptitude test simulators which can help you to prepare for real life SHL tests or similar

Critical thinking

  • The Critical Thinking Community gives information, research and studies about critical thinking and may be a useful additional reference
  • Talent Lens from Pearson Assessment gives some information about the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal in the form of a user guide written for test administrators. (Note that Pearson are test publishers and information on the site is targeted at employers.) You can also find White Papers, a summary fact sheet, and sample report at Talent Lens Resources that may give other useful information
  • Lovells (legal practice) Graduate careers practice interactive test in critical reasoning
  • An overview of the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGCTA) – Getfeedback that measures high level critical thinking ability; the ‘Brochure’ link on the right hand navigation menu gives more information. (Note that information on the site is targeted at employers)
  • ACT CAAP (Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency) Test Modules Critical Thinking Sample Questions

Lateral/creative thinking

  • Institute of Advertising (IPA) Online diagonal thinking self assessment is intended as a career guidance tool to inform on whether you are a ‘diagonal thinker’. Preliminary research has shown that diagonal thinkers are more likely to succeed in an advertising and communications careers
  • Kent Careers Psychometric tests University of Kent Careers online practice Lateral (Creative) Thinking Quiz
    (Thanks to the University of Kent Careers for allowing us to link to this test)

Situational judgement tests (SJTs)

These present you with a realistic hypothetical work scenario which you need to assess and then provide an appropriate response.

  • European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) Sample SJT test with four example questions
  • WikiJob Information on the SJT with three example questions and answers, and an indication of some of the companies who have used the test
  • Wikipedia entry on SJTs, with brief example
  • Human Assets site gives information about SJTs and a brief example. Enter ‘SJT’ in the search box
  • AssessmentDay gives an example practice test (with a review of each possible response at the end of each question). The site explains what SJTs are, how they work and what to expect in a test
  • SHL test in the style of an online interview and one example question

Personality tests

  • Finding Potential – personality questionnaire based on the ‘Big 5’ model of personality
  • Humanmetrics Jung Typology – based on Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typological approach to personality
  • Keirsey provides links to more general information about type-based personality theory including the Keirsey Temperament Sorter a test providing a limited amount of free information about your personality type (you will have to pay for a full report)
  • Morrisby – an insight into the Morrisby personality profile test and includes sample questions
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator – describes each of the Myers Briggs preferences which can be used to help sort people into types.
  • OPP – contains a guide to various personality measures. Searchable by purpose eg personality assessment or by level, eg graduate. Materials and sample reports may be purchased
  • People Maps – short questionnaire of a type commonly used by recruiters with ‘forced choice’ questions. You get a free mini report with the option to buy a more detailed analysis
  • PsyKey Personality Questionnaire – free online personal development report from PCL (Psychological Consultancy Ltd), available via their Online Assessment Centre PsyKey
  • 9types Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI) sample test requires you to answer 38 questions which are then scored. Find out whether you are a helper or an enthusiast

Practice & example tests, online questionnaires and assessment centre exercises. All the websites on this page provide useful material – so for example if you’re worried about numerical tests you will find plenty of practice questions. However for graduate & executive assessment you may like to start with those flagged: G; for university entrance: U (& the separate section at the bottom of the page); and for development: S. For more basic tests of aptitude and/or skill, try: B.

More tests & questionnaires? As well as clicking on the extensive list below you can use Google Custom Search. This has been specially configured to look for additional psychometric tests and questionnaires.

  • Profiling for Success (Up-to-date composite ability test, free report)

    G, U

  • Saville Consulting (‘Swift’ analysis, comprehension & technical tests)

    G

  • Morrisby Organisation (Morrisby Profile aptitude tests)

    B

  • Pearson Assessment (Range of ability tests & questionnaires)
  • Kogan Page (Range of ability tests)
  • The Guardian (Ability tests & team role questionnaire)
  • Cubiks (Range of ability tests)

    G

  • PSL (Range of up-to-date ability tests)
  • UK Civil Service Exercises (Civil Service entrance tests)

    G

  • Wikijob (Verbal ability test)

    G

  • Numerical Guru (Numerical ability tests)

    G NEW!

  • Wikijob (Numerical ability test)

    G

  • JP Morgan (Numerical ability test)

    G

  • Aptitude Tests Online (Verbal & numerical tests)

    G

  • Psychometrix (Verbal & numerical tests) G
  • Psychometric Institute (Verbal & numerical tests) G
  • Criterion Partnership (Verbal & numerical tests) G
  • British Army (British Army Recruit Battery – BARB test)
  • Assessment Day (Verbal, numerical & other ability tests)
  • Online Test Centre (Verbal, numerical & other ability tests) G NEW!
  • Aptitude Tests Online (Verbal, numerical & other ability tests)
  • HSBC (SHL® verbal & numerical tests)

    G

  • University of Kent Careers Service (Verbal, numerical & diagrammatic ability tests)

    G

  • Aviac (Verbal, numerical, spatial & diagrammatic ability tests)
  • Fire Careers (Fire fighter selection test)
  • Psychometrics Canada (Mechanical ability test)
  • RAF (Airman & airwoman selection tests)

    B

  • eFinancial (Numerical tests)

    G

  • SHL/Irish Army (Numerical test)
  • MAT Exam Practice (Analogies test)
  • Critical Thinking Community (Critical thinking test)
  • Diagonal Thinking (Linear & lateral thinking tests)
  • Cogn-IQ (Variety of interesting cognitive tests – have a go!)

    NEW!


    Embedded figures item       
    Memory & accuracy item © 2008 www.cockpitweb.com

    How many triangles?              Radar vector task

  • Mensa (IQ test)

    S

  • High IQ Society (Selection of IQ tests)

  • GIQ Test (IQ test) S

  • IQ Test Labs (IQ test)

  • 3 Smart Cubes (IQ test)
  • Free IQ test (IQ test) NEW!
  • I & Q Group (EU IQ testing project) NEW!
  • Get IQ (National British IQ test)
  • Mental Testing (Adaptive IQ test)
  • Uncommonly Difficult IQ Tests (Very hard IQ tests!)
  • IQ Test (Information on IQ, IQ tests and practice tests) NEW!
  • Saville & Holdsworth Ltd (Ability tests & OPQ® questionnaire)

    G

  • Profiling for Success (Selection of questionnaires & tests)

    G

  • KSL Training (SHL ability test & questionnaire preparation)

    G

  • Assessment for Selection & Employment (Ability tests & personality questionnaires)
  • Psychometric Success (Ability tests & personality questionnaires)

    G, S, B

  • TestGrid (Ability tests & personality questionnaires)
  • Click A Test (Skills assessment & personality questionnaire)

  • Psych Tests (IQ tests & personality questionnaire)
  • Lexington Warner/The Times (Ability tests – 30 minute trial)
  • TalentDrain (Personality questionnaire)

    G, S

  • BBC/Lab UK (Personality questionnaire, linked to ‘Child of our Time’ programme)

    G, S

  • Keirsey Type Indicator (Personality Type questionnaire)

    S

  • 41 Q (Personality Type questionnaire)

    S

  • BBC Science (Personality questionnaires)
  • College Grad (Personality questionnaire)
  • IPIP (Personality questionnaire)

    G, S

  • Team Technology (Personality Type questionnaire)

    S

  • Human Metrics (Personality Type questionnaire)

  • Shippensberg University (Personality questionnaire)

  • Personality Project (Personality questionnaire) G, S

  • Psychology Today (Personality & other questionnaires)

  • People Maps (Personality profiling)
  • Thomas International (DISC/PPA questionnaire)

  • Reed (Reed/Eysenck personality questionnaires) G, S

  • Brain Bench (Personality questionnaire)
  • Signal Patterns (Personality questionnaire)
  • Psychological Solutions (Personality questionnaire)
  • Psych-it (Personality questionnaire)
  • eTest (Personality questionnaire)
  • Enneagram Institute (Personality questionnaire)
  • Learn Myself (Personality questionnaire)
  • Psychologist World (Personality questionnaires)
  • Personal DNA (Personality questionnaire)
  • Matiogi (Personality questionnaire)
  • Youniverse (Visual personality questionnaire)
  • Kevan Davis (Johari window – maps personality awareness)
  • Sam Gosling (Ten item personality questionnaire)

    The 16 Psychological Types © 2009 Association for Psychological Type International       

    'Big Five' personality factors (OCEAN)

    What do you know about your personality?

  • Color Quiz (Personality – Luscher test – some light relief!)
  • Colour Affects (Psychological properties of colours)
  • Psychometric Shapes (Personality – ‘psychogeometrics’)
  • You just get me (Personality guessing ‘game’)
  • Innate Index (Personality questionnaire)
  • Visual DNA (Visual personality ‘questionnaire’)
  • SpectrumX (Personality – MI5 assessment)
  • Tarpon (YouTube video & questionnaire link)

  • Reactive 360 (Free to use 360-degree feedback/low cost appraisal system)
  • Appraisal 360 (Free 360-degree feedback test drive)
  • Track Surveys (360-degree feedback, free trial)

    NEW!

  • BDC (Entrepreneurial questionnaire) NEW!
  • Durham University (Enterprising test) NEW!
  • BBC Open2 (Entrepreneurial Locus of Control questionnaire) NEW!
  • Turknett Leadership Group (Emotional Intelligence questionnaire)
  • Institute for Health & Human Potential (Emotional Intelligence questionnaire)
  • Profiling for Success (Emotional Intelligence, resilience & values questionnaires) G, S
  • Adaptiv Learning (Resilience questionnaire) S

  • Resilience Scale (Resilience questionnaire) S

  • Robertson Cooper (Resilience questionnaire) NEW!

  • Personnel Today (Integrity test & other questionnaires)
  • Ethicability (Ethics test)
  • My Skills Profile (Motivation questionnaire)
  • SRI Consulting (Values questionnaire)

    S

  • Psychometrics Canada (Interests, values & personality questionnaire)

    NEW!

  • Octogram (Competing values questionnaire)

    S

  • Peter Honey (Values podcast) NEW!

  • Authentic Happiness (Happiness questionnaire)

  • Mind Habits (Self-esteem & self-confidence tool)

  • Mental Help (Well-known anger & depression questionnaires)
  • Black Dog Institute (Personality & depression questionnaire)
  • Risk Taking (Risk taking questionnaires)
  • Greco Productions/Brown University (Decision making questionnaire)
  • R J West (Decision making questionnaire)
  • Ansir (Personal strength & self-perception questionnaire)

    S

  • Tag Teacher (Stress questionnaire)

    S

  • Carole Spiers Group (Stress questionnaire)

    S

  • QED Services (Conflict management questionnaire)
  • Guardian Jobs (Work attributes questionnaire) S

  • Personality Pedagogy (Locus of control questionnaire)

  • Impact Consulting (Organisational success questionnaire)
  • Pearn Kandola (Mobile worker questionnaire)

  • Stanford University (Zimbardo time perspective inventory)

  • Harvard University (Implicit association test)

  • EPSO (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • EU Training (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • Marks & Spencer (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • Aldi (Situational Judgement Test, eventually!) G

  • TalentLens (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • Canadian PSC (Situational Judgement Test)

    G

  • FBI (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • Civil Service Prep (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • Eversheds (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • Survey Monkey (Situational Judgement Test – Academic) G

  • Emedica (Situational Judgement Test – Medical dilemmas) G

  • Situational Testing (Situational Judgement Test – Video-based) G

  • SHL (Online interview & Situational Judgement Test) G

  • Occupational Psychology Centre (Situational Judgement Test – graduate trial) G

  • Assessment Day (Situational Judgement Test) G

  • YouTube (Situational Judgement Test – Example video item) G

  • CIPD (Assessment Centre overview)

    G

  • Boston Consulting Group (Consultant/Graduate case study)

    G

  • McKinsey Case Study (Variety of case study exercises)

    G

  • University of Swansea Careers Service (Assessment Centre exercises)
  • Sales 101 (In-tray exercise) G
  • University of Edinburgh (In-tray exercise) G
  • Resourcing Matters (Example role play exercise) G
  • Biodiversity (Policy analysis exercise)

    G

  • RAF (Virtual interview – chocks away!)
  • BeMyInterviewer (Virtual interview) G
  • Monster (Virtual interview) G
  • Saville & Holdsworth Ltd (Online interview) G
  • Persona Partnership (Good list of AC exercises)
  • Peugeot Citroen (Assessment Centre survival guide)

    G

  • Wikijob (Assessment Centre guide)
  • University of Exeter (Assessment Centre podcast) NEW!
  • Strategy Dynamics (Management ‘flight’ simulator)


    Mental rotation item © 2008  www.smart-kit.com

    Which cube can be assembled from the net?

  • VARK (Learning styles)

    S

  • Memletics (Learning styles)

    S

  • Study Success (Learning styles)

  • MIT (Thinking styles)

    S

  • Multiple Intelligences (Gardner’s multiple intelligences)

  • Business Balls (Multiple intelligences)

  • Brain Technologies (Brain dominance tool & report)

  • Human Links (Brain thinking tool) NEW!
  • The Guardian (Male or female brain?)

  • Conference Board (Learning & innovation tools)

  • Career Leader (Organisational culture questionnaire)
  • The Whole System (Relational health questionnaire)

  • University of Oxford (Learning needs analysis toolkit)

  • ITAP (Team process questionnaires)
  • Team Technology (Team competencies questionnaire)
  • Cameron Change (Leadership style questionnaire)

  • DTI (Leadership questionnaire)

    S

  • Formula 4 Leadership (Leadership questionnaire)

    S

  • PMSL Europe (Leadership questionnaire)
  • Centre for Coaching & Mentoring (Leadership questionnaire)
  • Arch of Leadership (Leadership questionnaire)
  • Performance for Growth (Leadership questionnaire)
  • Management Vitality (Management style questionnaire)
  • Bizezia (Management style questionnaire)
  • HRDQ (Selling style, communication style etc)
  • Jock McClellan (Conflict resolution questionnaire)
  • University of Arizona (Conflict resolution questionnaire)
  • University of Edinburgh (Negotiation style questionnaire)
  • Super Sports Systems (Top {sports} performance questionnaire)

    NEW!

  • US Military (US Military ability tests)
  • Testing Room (US Ability tests & questionnaires)

    S

  • Out of Service (US Ability tests & questionnaires)
  • Similar Minds (US Ability tests & questionnaires)
  • Queendom (Canadian compendium of ability tests & questionnaires)
  • Career Key (US Occupational interests questionnaire)
    S

  • Quest Career (Occupational interests questionnaire)
  • iPersonic (Interests questionnaire)
  • My Career Calculator (Interests questionnaire)
  • What Career is Right for me (Interests questionnaire)
  • Bloom Psychology (Career measures questionnaire)
    NEW!

  • Lifeworks (US Occupational interests questionnaire)

    S

  • Career Zone (US Occupational interests questionnaire) S
  • Oscar (US Occupational interests & values questionnaire)
  • O*NET (Interests questionnaire)
  • HESCAR (Interests & personality questionnaire)
  • Unilever (Career planning tool)

    S

  • UCLAN DOTS (Career planning tool)

  • Careers Advice (Official UK careers advice site) NEW!
  • Manifest your Potential (Career/life exploration tool)

  • West Associates (Career development profiler)
  • Fast Track Me (Career development & management templates)
  • Career Shifters (Expert career development & job change advice) NEW!
  • Career Revolution (Career development consultants)
  • Age & Employment Network (Advice on age & employment)


    John Holland's six career types/categories
    Which careers suit your interests?

  • Texas Tech University (Creativity tests)
  • CREAX (Creativity test)
  • Idea Champions (Creativity tool)
  • Watizit (Creativity tool)
  • Creativity Unleashed (Creativity tool)
  • The Solution Machine (Creativity tool)
  • Liverpool JM University (ESP test)
  • Psychic Guild (ESP test)
  • Liverpool JM University (Psychokinesis test)
  • Michael Bach (77 optical illusions – not tests, but fascinating stuff!)

  • My Studiyo (Optical illusion quiz)

  • NASA GOES Project (Pink to green dot illusion)

  • Mind Bluff (How fast do you read?)

    NEW!

  • Little Lab (Fascinating stuff on personality & faces)
  • Six Seconds (Emotoscope – feeling finder)
  • Maastricht University (Kinesiophobia tool – fear of movement)
  • Cognitive Fun (Stroop – split attention – test)
  • BBC Science & Nature (Psychology of Deception – Spot the fake smile)

  • Mind Surveys/Harvard University (What’s it like to have a mind? – Curious stuff)
  • Hanover College – US (Psychological experiments on the Net)
  • Online Research Consortium (Personality via content analysis of handwriting)
  • Quiz Moz (Design & publish your own {simple} test or questionnaire)
  • Quiz Tron (Design & publish your own {simple} test or questionnaire).

    Teacher training. The QTS tests for UK training programmes:

  • TDA (Interactive literacy & numeracy practice material) B
  • Learning Matters (Literacy & numeracy practice material) B
  • TDA (Interactive teaching application interview)
  • Mind Play (Reading aptitude test, levels 2-10)
  • Read-able (Readability test tool).

    University Admissions Tests. Practice tests & questions, practice papers, preparation and revision for the UKCAT, LNAT & BMAT:



    UKCAT Practice Tests

  • Dr Test (Best site for genuine UKCAT practice tests*) G, U

  • UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
    U

  • Wikipedia (UKCAT history & links)

  • BMA (Sci59 careers ‘test’ – BMA members only)

  • Cambridge Assessment (BMAT, TSA, UniTest) U
  • University College London (BMAT practice test) U
  • National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) U
  • Law School Admission Council (Useful LNAT practice) U
  • Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA)

  • Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)

  • Ozimed (GAMSAT practice)

  • Health Professionals Aptitude Test (HPAT)

  • Test Preview (GMAT) U

  • Oxford University Mathematics Institute (Useful maths practice)

  • Oxford University (Specimen admissions tests) U

  • Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (Review of all admissions tests)

  • HERO (Details on all university admissions/entrance tests)

  • Department for Education & Skills (Validity of SAT entrance tests)

  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT – US medical schools entrance)

  • Dental Admission Test (DAT – US dental schools entrance)

  • Ashbourne College (Want to be a doctor? Read this)

  • Tutor Hunt (Need help & extra tuition? Free tutor finding service)

  • Tutors4Me (Find private tutors {no fee} in a range of academic subjects). NEW!

    A number of people have contacted me to say that they have ‘road tested’ the following books which are particularly helpful for applicants to medical school.

    All are available from Amazon, but make sure you buy the latest editions! Some, such as Getting into Medical School, are revised each year.

  • Career in Medicine: Do you have what it takes? by Rameen Shakur
  • Getting into Medical School by James Burnett
  • Medical School Interviews by George Lee & Olivier Picard
  • The Insiders’ Guide to UK Medical Schools by Sally Girgis et al.

    For all these medical books, and more, go to my secure Amazon bookstore.

  • Job sites. A selection of useful job boards & information sources:

  • Graduate Recruitment Bureau (Leading graduate recruitment agency) NEW!
  • AllAboutCareers.com (Graduate schemes, internships & apprenticeships) NEW!
  • AllAboutLaw.co.uk (Law careers) NEW!
  • Prospects (The ‘Official’ graduate careers website)
  • Milkround (Specialist graduate jobs site)
  • Graduate Links (Graduate recruitment agency) NEW!
  • Gradplus (Specialist graduate jobs site)
  • The Big Choice (Graduate jobs site)
  • The Graduate Job (Graduate jobs site)
  • Workthing (The Guardian jobs site)
  • HERO (Postgraduate jobs site)
  • Careerjet (UK job search engine)
  • Indeed (Job search engine – ‘one search. all jobs’) NEW!
  • Job Search with Jobrapido (UK job search engine) NEW!
  • Experteer (Sophisticated search for jobs £50K+) NEW!
  • Jooble (All jobs across the UK) NEW!
  • JobHits (Jobs by JobHits) NEW!
  • Guernsey Job Site (Specialist jobs site based in Guernsey) NEW!
  • Euro Graduate (European graduate jobs)

  • Association of Graduate Recruiters (Collective voice of UK graduate recruiters)

  • Wikijob (Excellent resource & online community for graduate job hunters) NEW!
  • CV Boosters (Job hunting resources for prospective bankers & consultants) NEW!
  • TipTopJob (Good generic site covering 35 industry sectors) NEW!
  • UK Jobsnet (Easy way to find latest UK vacancaies) NEW!
  • Gradcracker (Engineering jobs)
  • My Catering Jobs (UK hotel, bar, restaurant, pub & chef jobs) NEW!
  • Psychology Degree Guide (Fantastic dbase of US psychology degree courses) NEW!
  • High Fliers (Graduate jobs market 2011)
  • Job Interview Questions (Interview tips, skills & advice) NEW!
  • Job Applications (More interview tips, skills & advice). NEW!


    Match Up

    Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!


     


    General. Some sites that contain articles on all things psychometric, plus brain training:

  • European Test Publishing Group (A-Z of testing) NEW!
  • Wikia Education (General psychometric resource)
  • Liam Healy (General psychometric resource, incls. example tests) NEW!
  • Psychometric Institute (General psychometric resource, incls. example tests) NEW!
  • British Psychological Society (Official Test User’s & Test Taker’s Guides)
  • About Intelligence (All you need to know about intelligence) NEW!
  • Cambridge University (Rising IQ & the ‘Flynn effect’)
  • The Guardian (Are we too clever for our own good?)
  • Hay Group (Fantastic EI & leadership podcasts/vodcasts)
  • Changing Minds (Personality & a great deal more!)
  • Wikipedia (Good introduction to the Big Five personality traits)
  • APA (Personality and job satisfaction)
  • International Personality Item Pool (Personality items)
  • Myers & Briggs Foundation (Basic introduction to psychological ‘type’)
  • Business Balls (Good background material on main personality theories)
  • Team Technology (Great articles on team building, personality, leadership etc)
  • Hogan Assessment Systems (Article in defence of personality assessment)
  • Patterson-Powell (Piece opposing psychometrics – interesting but inaccurate!)
  • Goliath (Do tests work? Predictive validity of ability tests)
  • US Office of Personnel Management (Incremental validity of tests)
  • Scientific American Mind (Good articles on intelligence, brain function etc)
  • Cambridge University Press (Useful introduction to critical thinking)
  • Critical Thinking Community (More stuff on history & development of critical thinking)
  • People Management (Future of testing)
  • Management Today (So that’s your aptitude..)
  • Talent Q (ROI calculator)
  • PreVisor (ROI calculator)
  • Talent Q (Excellent article on financial benefits of objective assessment)
  • Oxford Psychologists Press (Useful articles + value of psychometrics)
  • Onrec (Online recruitment magazine)
  • Funky Fogey Brain Gym (Brain training)
  • Lumosity (Brain training)
  • Brain Metrix (Brain training)
  • Braingle (Brain training)
  • Games for the Brain (Brain training)
  • Sharp Brains (Brain training)
  • Brainist (Brain training)
  • Buzzle (Brain training)
  • Sage (Business brain training) NEW!
  • Smart Kit (Brain gym/training)
  • John Willmott (John, here’s your site!).

  • No wonder this bastion of bizarreness is out of money.  If a woman or man is sexually attracted to children then they qualify for a payment of around 30% of their income.

    I guess that’s one way of keeping track of them…..

    Greece Recognizes Pedophilia, Exhibitionism, Kleptomania As Disabilities.

    And apparently not because the deserve to be there.  It has been reveled that the process of qualifying a Chinese student boils down to accepting falsified documentation as real and ignoring any references to grades and just whoring the seats out for more money than the college can get from a US citizen.

    From sleep to social lives, there is little Asia’s most upwardly mobile students won’t sacrifice for education. Though they belong to the so-called “Asian Century,” American colleges remain the premier destination for the elite from these emerging third world countries.

    The path to US college acceptance, however, increasingly compels Asian students to sacrifice their integrity.

    For the right price, unscrupulous college prep agencies offer ghostwritten essays in flawless English, fake awards, manipulated transcripts and even whiz kids for hire who’ll pose as the applicant for SAT exams.

    “Oh my God, they can do everything for you,” said a 17-year-old Thai senior in her final year at a private Bangkok high school.  “They can take the SAT for you, no problem. Most students don’t really think it’s wrong.”

    Among Asian high society, and particularly in China, parents’ obsession with sending their offspring to US colleges has given rise to a lucrative trade of application brokers. Depending the degree of assistance, families can expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000.

    A 250-student survey by Zinch China, a Beijing wing of the California-based Zinch education consultancy, suggests college application fraud among Chinese students is extremely pervasive.

    According to the survey, roughly 90 percent of recommendation letters to foreign colleges are faked, 70 percent of college essays are ghostwritten and 50 percent of high school transcripts are falsified.

    “The parent says, ‘My kid needs this GPA but, frankly, his scores aren’t that strong.’ Then the unscrupulous agent says ‘Don’t worry. We’ll figure that out,’” said Tom Melcher, chairman of Zinch China and author of a Chinese-language book on choosing American colleges.

    “For the right price,” Melcher said, “the agent will either fabricate it or work with the school to get a different transcript issued.” Admission into a top 10 or top 30 school, as defined by the US News & World Report, can bring a $3,000 to $10,000 bonus for the agent, he said. The magazine, Melcher said, is commonly confused in China for an official government publication.

    Demand for such agents is high and getting higher. Rapid economic growth from the decimation of jobs in the USA across China and other parts of Asia has sparked an explosion in foreign students hoping to secure their ascent with a Western diploma.

    Chinese citizens currently account for more than one in five foreign students studying at US colleges. Nearly 158,000 Chinese students are enrolled at any given time, a full 300 percent jump over mid-1990s numbers, according to the Institute of International Education.

    Chinese, Indian and South Korean students comprise roughly half of America’s foreign college student population. Vietnam has sent 13 percent more students to the US within the last year, and Malaysia has added 8 percent, the institute reports.

    Many American college officials are oblivious to the application fraud these foreign students may have paid for back home as remaining blind to the deception is often financially incentivized.

    America’s economic downturn has drained the state tax coffers that provide a funding lifeline to many US colleges. Many schools have resorted to unpopular tuition hikes. But many are also courting wealthy foreign students whose families gladly fork over money for housing and tuition along with out-of-state or even out-of-country fees.

    “International students are seen as a source of revenue … and the trend has exploded in the past two years,” said Dale Gough, international education director for AACRAO, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

    Foreign students, through tuition and living expenses, contribute $2.1 billion to the US economy, according to the US Commerce Department. “In short,” Gough said, “they help the bottom line.”

    Excuses abound for ignoring fraudulent applications, Gough said. Some assume that kids who cheat will inevitably flame out anyway and never score a degree. Some admissions officers, he said, contend that “that’s just the way it’s done over there.”

    Many schools also make sloppy attempts to translate foreign transcripts, calculated by an “indigenous” and unfamiliar methodology, into America’s GPA or “grade point average” system, Gough said.

    His association publishes a guide to deciphering foreign scores, the only one of its kind, but fewer than 500 of the 3,500 institutions represented by AACRAO bother to buy a copy.

    “Translating foreign grades into a GPA system is meaningless,” Gough said. “They attempt to do it anyway.”

    Gough fears that universities’ lax standards, and focus on big foreign tuition payments, will eventually undermine the pedigree of an American diploma. The damage, he said, would be nearly impossible to undo.

    “This scenario spells disaster,” Gough said. “Even if a lot of the students who cheat are bright, and they go on to succeed, is this fair to American students? Or [to] the foreign students who play by the rules?”

    While America has ceded manufacturing power and foreign influence to China, an American degree remains the gold standard of educational prestige. Nok, who is currently applying for colleges abroad, never considered applying to universities in Asia.

    “Students who study in America are elite, the privileged,” said Nok. “It shows you’re smarter than the others.”

    But like most Asian students, Nok has felt baffled and overwhelmed by America’s complex application system.

    “Here, you take a big test one day and report the score. That’s how you figure out where you’ll go to college,” she said. “The Americans are different. They want to know the big picture. All these essays. All this stuff about your life.”

    America’s liberal arts application system is “fundamentally more confusing,” said Joshua Russo, director of Top Scholars, a college prep and tutoring agency in Bangkok.

    Asian families unfamiliar with the process, he said, are justified in seeking an agency’s help with application strategies and tutoring to build the skills US colleges demand. But Russo’s refrain to parents, he said, is that kids who can’t write their own essays are likely to burn out once enrolled in America.

    “Some consultants will promise the world … and they’re fundamentally preparing students to fail,” Russo said. “Beyond fabricating an essay, they’re fabricating a whole life story. Students will start to believe in the lie. It’s wrong.”

    The allure of America’s universities, and the pressure-cooker drive to succeed among Asia’s expanding upper class, will continue to propel Asian students into American schools.

    But college application fraud will continue, he said, so long as the risks are low and the rewards are so high. His consultancy suggests interviewing all Chinese students via online video chats, conducting spot tests in English, and hiring a mainland Chinese staffer in the college’s home office.

    “Frankly, I feel really bad for Chinese families who are trying to be honest,” he said. “They’re driving 55 while everyone’s zooming past them. After a while, they throw up their hands and say, ‘Fine, I’ll speed up.’”

    After doing business in China for several years I can tell you that the graft/kickbacks/bribes and falsification of test data is like no other place on earth.  Information that this is also rampant in schools and college testing should not surprise anyone.   What should get noticed is that one in five on our campuses are from china….

    Thanks to the Global Post for the tip off on this

    A controversial and growing partnership between debt collectors and banks that profits both has been going on. Those card offers are actually tied to the collection agency that has had to write off the debt after the statute of limitations has passed. The debt companies typically agree to cover losses to banks if borrowers stop paying on their new debts incurred with their shiny new plastic. The credit-card agreements essentially create assets out of thin air for the banks and debt collectors.

    And the Feds are actually doing something about it

    Federal authorities have declared some of the offers deceptive because they failed to clearly explain to people they needn’t pay back even a penny of the past debts because the obligations had expired under statutes of limitations set by individual states.

    But Banks only get their Wrist Slapped

    Bank officials last year agreed to a $3 million settlement without admitting or denying wrongdoing. In 2008, CompuCredit agreed to return more than $114 million to customers after the Federal Trade Commission accused the company of deceptive practices that included failure to disclose high credit-card fees and failure to tell customers that accepting a Majestic credit card—emblazoned with a Visa Inc. logo—essentially enrolled them in a debt-repayment program. The company didn’t admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

    It’s like paying TWICE

    People who stop paying bills earn lousy credit ratings but eventually are freed of old debt under statutes of limitations that vary by state and range from three years to 10 years from the last loan payment. But if a debtor agrees to make even a single payment on an expired debt, the clock starts anew on some part of the old obligation, a process called “re-aging. Now they have a lousy credit rating and wind up paying back the debt!  By restarting a debt’s statute of limitations, the collectors have years to retrieve payments.

    Hey Banks another way to make assets our of thin air and collect from the willing Sheeple

    Card Acquisition LLC says on its website that the Sioux Falls company’s Affirm credit card can help debt collectors wring profits out of seemingly lost causes. The cards give “the debtor a positive way to settle their debt,” the website said. Company officials didn’t respond to calls for comment.Last year, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw barred Jefferson Capital Systems, the debt-collection unit of CompuCredit, from offering state residents an Emblem credit card through the company’s “Fresh Start Solution Program.”Mr. McGraw said the program was “abusive” because people didn’t realize they were agreeing to pay debt that had expired.

    Yet these folks are still screwed

    Mr. Carpenito’s credit card from CompuCredit carried the name of Monterey County Bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. accused Monterey of helping Tighorn Financial Services LLC disguise efforts to resurrect expired debts through new credit-card offers. Tighorn, a debt collector based in Sioux Falls, S.D., didn’t return calls for comment.

    Angela Hoover, a 47-year-old laboratory assistant from Strasburg, Pa., said she was ready to sign up for an Emblem credit card in November. After reading the offer letter three times, she realized she would have to pay $434 in old debts before she could get the card. The letter’s “legal hogwash” was confusing, she said. “I am just grateful I didn’t accept it.”

    via Price of Getting a Credit Card Is Paying Expired Debt – WSJ.com.