What is Vocational Assessment?

Vocational Assessment is a one-day activity that will help you to identify and explore your job interests and employment goals. You will also receive information about how to qualify for the jobs in your areas of interest and how many jobs are available in your areas of interest.  You will be tested in how well you read and how good you are at math. Also, a professional will discuss important issues that may stand in your way of successfully getting a job and how we may help you with them.

You will work closely with a vocational assessment professional to review all of the job information, career paths, your test scores, and help you choose two goals which you would like to work towards while in the GAIN program. The vocational assessor will then help you develop a plan that will describe the GAIN activities you will do to help you achieve your goals.

Why is Vocational Assessment important to me?

This is the first step on the path to your success! Vocational assessment will describe to your GAIN Services Worker the types of GAIN activities you need in order to help you get the job you want.

I don't like taking tests!
How can I prepare for my Vocational Assessment?

  • Get a good night’s rest
  • Make sure you have childcare and transportation in advance
  • Eat a good breakfast!
  • Bring picture identification (such as a driver’s license or California ID card) and the GN6006 Service Referral Form (given to you by your GAIN Worker)
  • Bring your reading glasses if you need them
  • Plan your route and show up on time

What should I expect on the day of my Vocational Assessment?

  • To be there for six (6) to eight (8) hours
  • An introduction to Vocational Assessment
  • Timed and untimed tests
  • Screening for problems that you may need help with in order to be successful at home, school, or work
  • To discuss your interests, school history and how these come together when you choose your employment goals

What skills will be assessed?

  • Math Ability
  • Language/Reading Skills
  • Reasoning (Thinking) Skills
  • Vocational (Job) Interests

What if I'm afraid to take tests?

Being afraid to take tests is normal and you are not alone.

  • Approach the assessment tests with confidence – you can’t fail!
  • Be prepared! Check out our website www.lacoegain.org/vaprep.aspx  for test taking advice and sample questions
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Read the directions slowly and carefully
  • Don’t worry about how fast other people finish; just concentrate on your own assessment
REMEMBER, YOU CANNOT FAIL AN ASSESSMENT!