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Testing and Assessments provide the foundation for understanding current functioning and predicting future potential. The critical requirements for accurate and appropriate testing is that the test must be based on science and research. Without these essentials, the test only "looks good" and is not truly worthwhile for making any important life decisions. To determine if a test is worthwhile, ask these questions:

  • How many subjects were used for comparisons in designing the test?
  • What were the demographics of the subjects (i.e. age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, geographical region, etc.)? Are they similar to your situation?
  • How long has the test been used?
  • If the test has been used for a lengthy time, has it been updated?
  • What are the required qualifications for the person who is administering the test (i.e. degrees, specialities, licensure, etc.)?

The best tests have been developed with great consideration given to the test takers, the administrators, the consistency of test items, the accuracy of predictions, the quality of the product, and the final results. Tests are easy to find on many subjects. But, if they lack the above "good stuff", they are not truly worthwhile for use when making serious life decisions.

Testing and Assessment Solutions include many different types of tests. All of the tests that Bonner Solutions & Services uses meet stringent requirements. Dr. Bonner will be pleased to answer any questions that you might have. The following is a list of some of the different options provided by BSS and is followed by a brief description of each. You may choose the link to go directly to a topic or you may scroll through each topic offered:

Employment Testing

The scientifically-based testing of applicants or employees provides a multitude of valuable information. The assessments may be conducted with job applicants at several levels: Pre-Screening, Pre-Job Offer, Post-Job Offer. Current employees may be assessed for Retention, Promotion, or Fitness-For-Duty. Some of the abilities and characteristics that can be assessed are included in the following list:

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Crisis Management Skills
  • Job Knowledge
  • Leadership Ability
  • Sales Potential
  • Safety Risk
  • Creativity
  • Mechanical Ability
  • Cognitive Ability
  • Memory Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Employee-Company Fit
  • Organizational Citizenship
  • Organizational Commitment
  • Work Motivation
  • Achievement Motivation
  • Impression Management
  • Ability to Multitask
  • Presentation Skills

A wide variety of characteristics relate to work behavior. Please call Dr. Bonner if you are interested in specific assessments or if you are curious about the relationship between knowledge, skills, abilities, and work behavior.

Vocational Testing

A tremendous assortment of tests are available to assess vocational aptitudes, abilities, and skill sets. Dr. Bonner chooses tests on the basis of accuracy and reliability as well as the vocation of interest. Vocational Testing may be included as part of Employment Testing, Disability Assessment, or Career Exploration. All Vocational Testing is conducted and analyzed as it directly relates to the work environment. For further discussion, please see Career Solutions.

  • Abstract Mechanical Ability
  • Concrete Mechanical Ability
  • Leadership Potential
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Crisis Management Potential
  • Numerical Skills
  • Mathematical Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Eye-Hand Coordination
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Learning Potential
  • Learning Style
  • Training Potential
  • Spatial Ability
  • Perceptual Ability
  • Processing Speed

Career Exploration

Career Exploration includes identifying aptitudes, abilities, interests, and personality characteristics. This process will emphasize a variety of these Testing / Assessment Solutions such as Vocational Testing, Personality Testing, and Employment Testing. The individual-specific information that is obtained will be analyzed in conjunction with educational requirements and job market conditions.

Career Exploration is important for juniors or seniors in high school and for college students. Also, Career Exploration is valuable for several different categories of adults: those who hate their jobs, those who are not advancing in their careers, those who have been injured, those who are disabled, and those who want more out of life.

Whether you are about to prepare for your career, your life circumstances have changed, or you want to make career adjustments, this scientific evaluation will provide answers. Dr. Bonner will help you discover your interests, your aptitudes, and your joy. More information can be viewed at Career Solutions.

Teamwork Skills

Teams are integral to almost all work environments. Personality Dynamics within teams are interesting and complex. When evaluating Teamwork Skills and Dynamics, Dr. Bonner will assess the characteristics that have been proven to enhance teamwork including behaviors, knowledge, skills, abilities, personality dynamics, and motivations. This evaluation can be utilized to help identify the best candidate for a team environment. Or, this evaluation can be conducted with current members of an intact team to enhance teamwork and overall team functioning.

The evaluation of Team Skills will provide foundational information. Following this evaluation, Dr. Bonner can focus on team development through the Team Building Program. For further information on Team Building, please view Training Solutions.

Disability Assessment

The assessment of a disability depends on the type of disability of interest and how it is manifested. The primary considerations revolve around the assessment of intellectual functioning, mental functioning, and physical functioning. Consequently, proper attention will be given to the choice of tests and the target environment: education, training, or employment.

Recurrent areas of special interest are presented in the following list:

  • Back Injury
  • Occupational Injury
  • Stress Disorders
  • Emotional Distress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Reading Disability
  • Math Disability
  • Degenerative Diseases
  • Occupational Illnesses
  • Environmental Toxins

Pertinent records associated with medical issues, employment issues, and educational issues will be analyzed. Assessments will be guided by these analyses.

Individuals from different perspectives may seek information on a Disability Assessment:

  • an individual who is potentially disabled
  • a family member of a potentially disabled individual
  • an employer of a potentially disabled individual
  • an attorney for the potentially disabled individual, for the employer, or for workers' compensation insurance

Regardless of the origin of the initial contact, Dr. Bonner will provide an objective and unbiased plan of assessment. She will answer your questions and scientifically document the results of current functioning and future potential.

Intellectual Functioning (IQ)

Often referred to as "IQ" testing, the in-depth assessment of Intellectual Functioning will provide a vast amount of information. The following list illustrates a portion of the information about mental abilities that may be obtained from an Intellectual Assessment.

  • Verbal Skills
  • Concentration
  • Perceptual Abilities
  • Reading Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Distractability
  • Concrete Reasoning
  • Logical Analysis
  • Memory Skills
  • Math Skills

The assessment of Intellectual Functioning will document barriers to achievement. Knowledge of intellectual strengths will allow the development of plans to neutralize weaknesses and improve functioning. All aspects of life can be enhanced from this comprehensive knowledge of Intellectual Functioning.

Violence Risk Assessment

Almost everyone has the potential for violence given the WRONG circumstances. Violence Risk Assessments are conducted to determine the likelihood of violent behavior. In most cases, observations at work and testing are required. This assessment will evaluate the interactions between the person, the setting, and the situations. The earlier the assessment is conducted, the greater the probability of preventing more serious problems. Realistic solutions will be provided. For more detailed information on this assessment and related issues, please view Crisis Solutions.

Personality Testing

Personality Testing can provide insight into an individual's behaviors, choices, goals, moods, and life satisfaction. The factors that contribute to personality are fascinating. How does the same life experience seem to make one person a perfectionist and another person a slob? Or, after surviving a tornado as children, how is one person violently afraid of tornadoes and another person "chases" tornadoes as a profession?

Through a combination of heredity, the environment, and life experiences, we are who we are. Personality characteristics exist on a continuum between two polar extremes. Rarely is anyone characterized at one extreme or the other. If you are curious about your own combination of characteristics which blend together to make the core of you, call Dr. Bonner for testing information. Here are just a few of the polar extremes between which many personality characteristics range:

  • Introverted - Extraverted
  • Relaxed - Anxious
  • Dependent - Independent
  • Detail Oriented - Overall Big Picture
  • Flexible - Structured
  • Fast Pace - Slow Pace
  • Risk Taker - Risk Aversive
  • Likes Routine - Likes Variety
  • Emotional - Placid
  • Unsympathetic - Compassionate
  • Shy - Bold
  • Reserved - Self-Confident
  • Trusting - Suspicious
  • Trustworthy - Unscrupulous
  • Naive - Cunning
  • Traditional - Contemporary
  • Animated - Quiet

 

Whether your needs are at an individual, group, or corporate level, trust Bonner Solutions & Services to make all of the pieces of your puzzle fit.

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