There are a variety of personality tests for kids. It can be a fun way to see what kind of career path your child may want to pursue later in life. It can also show you things about your child’s personality by pointing out tendencies that you may not have recognized. Some of the tests reveal certain personality and character traits that your child may possess.
Personality Traits and Jobs
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test reveals personality types and also gives job suggestions based on the results. However, Myers-Briggs is for adults. The Myers-Briggs version of the test for children is called the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC). The MMTIC has been used since 1987 and covers children from ages 7 to 18 (grades 2-12).
The MBTI and the MMTIC are both multiple choice tests. The MMTIC is a shorter version of the MBTI and seeks to determine if the child is an introvert or an extrovert, and if the child is sensing or intuitive. The MBTI is available free online, but the MMTIC must be purchased through an online seller or a bookstore.
Limitations of the MMTIC
The MMTIC does not test on a linear form. It does not test for ability, aptitude or character traits. However, the test does sort out “preferences." An example would be “Johnny, do you prefer to be around a lot of people or hang out by yourself?” This type of question would determine if Johnny was an introvert or an extrovert.
Careers and Kids
Is your child eager to lend a hand or does he try to avoid interaction with others? It can reveal whether the child is an introvert or extrovert. Testing can help determine a child's natural creativity and find out what might appeal to him in the world of work.
Testing as a Family
A fun family challenge would be to take the test separately, but together, and compare your child’s results with your own. Siblings also can be included. Compare the similarities and the differences in the results of all family members. You may discover possibilities or even characteristics in each other that you never knew existed. Having your family take the MBTI and MMTIC may point you and your children to career paths that you never considered.