About five years ago, my husband took the Johnson O’Connor aptitude test, turning him from a slacker musician pizza guy into a genius computer guru and making both our lives an order of magnitude more awesome. Since then a handful of our relatives and/or friends have also taken the test, with results ranging from meh to great. This week, I finally got around to taking it myself. Here’s what they told me.
I scored 99th percentile in both numerical aptitudes. There was one test that had me arranging chips with numbers on them into equations; the proctor said I reminded him of a previous tester–a blackjack dealer. I scored 99th percentile in all 4 tests of memory (drawing a picture after briefly looking at it, rote memorization of words and numbers, and observing changes in a collection of objects). I also scored pretty high in “graphoria,” which is, like, paperwork processing speed. So this is why I do so well with schoolwork and bookkeeping and learning foreign vocabulary. None of this was terribly surprising.
Also not surprising: thoroughly average aptitudes for music, and average to low aptitudes for art. Terribly low tool use and grip strength. 95th percentile in English vocabulary; I was a little surprised this wasn’t higher. I guess I’ve been neglecting English in favor of Greek. High in both inductive and analytical reasoning, though inductive was higher.
But the tests did surprise me in a couple of areas.
First: very high “ideaphoria,” that is, the ability to quickly generate ideas. I would have sworn up and down that my ideaphoria is low, and that’s how come I’ve never been able to produce stuff as a writer. Actually no. (I’ll come back to this in a minute.)
Also: 99th percentile on the paper folding test (look at a diagram of origami with a hole punch, mentally unfold the paper and mark where all the holes should be). So, I really thought I was a spatial idiot, but it turns out I have pretty high spatial reasoning ability. I guess this is why I like origami?
Finally: my personality is apparently “objective” versus “subjective.” That is, I prefer to work with people, to be a generalist, and see tangible results. I would totally not have guessed this. But it might explain why I was able to write a novel* the year I participated in NaNoWriMo with a group of folks.
Their database recommended I look at careers in medicine, engineering, architecture, urban planning, archaeology, and teaching or marketing in a 3D field.
What am I going to do with this information? Well, as you might imagine, I have a lot of ideas. I’ll keep you posted.
* A “novel.” It’s very bad. But hey, it’s 50,000 words!