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Can we, too, take this test?

At an HT Horizons counsellors’ workshop, a participant echoed a query we have been hearing ever since Career Quotient began showing school children the way ahead

education Updated: Sep 30, 2009 09:36 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

It was a vigorous Q&A session that saw counsellors from many well-known Delhi schools throw interesting questions at the HT Horizons Career Quotient team.

The questions came in a barrage even as the team was making a small presentation on the Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP), branded Career Quotient.

The invitees asked if the test was valid in the Indian context, would it benefit students to mention the assessment outcome on their resumes, what about confidentiality, and the high cut-offs in Delhi University, all patiently addressed. And, as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools employ aptitude tests to allot streams in Class XI, would students going for these two evaluations — the board’s and HT Horizons’ — get confused, asked the counsellors.

Various studies have validated the MAPP in India and it is customised for the domestic environment. The student is given a log-in ID to access the detailed result.

Given parents’ role in picking a career for their children in many families, S Juhi from Mount Carmel School, Dwarka, suggested roping them in so that there is a ‘buy-in’ from their side about MAPP results.

Organised by HT Horizons, the workshop familiarised school counsellors with our latest effort towards helping young minds make informed choices as to what their calling in life should be. This workshop followed a suggestion made by a counsellor at a principals and other school representatives meet hosted by us recently.

HT Horizons has brought counsellors in the loop so they can address any query test-takers might have after we have provided them the 30-page assessment report. Career Quotient will soon have a help and FAQ section on


MAPP is offered at no cost to students and schools. Developed by a US-based company and having been attempted by six million people worldwide, the assessment seeks reflexive (instinctive) — not intellectual (well thought out) — responses from the student. It’s not supposed to pinpoint the pupil’s skills but, as its name suggests, it tells what motivates him/her, what would keep him charged up to perform a task successfully. Aimed at senior school learners, it enables the individual to explore career options, assess his/her learning style and home in on the career that matches his/her motivations.

Finally, one of the counsellors echoed what we have heard many people ask ever since Career Quotient’s launch: Can we, too, take this test? “We should take it, because then we’ll be able to confidently say how useful it is,” said Pratima Goel from Mater Dei School.

As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating thereof.