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Unvalidated Graduate School Potential Test
UNVALIDATED GRAD SCHOOL POTENTIAL TEST
Your answers to the following 22 yes-no questions (modified from Fretz and Stang, 1988) will give you a good idea of your potential for success in graduate school, as determined by your current values and level of motivation. Answer each question honestly and truthfully. This is not a standardized or validated test, and its items are so transparent that anyone can fake them. Unless you are completely honest with yourself, the results will be of no value.
|Yes||No||(1) Does the idea of living at near-poverty level for two to seven years while studying most of the time repulse you?|
|Yes||No||(2) Do you enjoy writing term papers?|
|Yes||No||(3) Does the idea of making verbal presentations of academic material in front of a group bother you?|
|Yes||No||(4) Do you enjoy reading psychology books even if they are not assigned?|
|Yes||No||(5) Do you put off studying for tests or writing papers as long as possible?|
|Yes||No||(6) Do you often give up desirable social opportunities in order to study?|
|Yes||No||(7) Do you want to earn a high salary when you finish graduate school?|
|Yes||No||(8) Do you like to study?|
|Yes||No||(9) Do you have trouble concentrating on your studies for hours at a time?|
|Yes||No||(10) Do you occasionally read recent issues of psychology journals?|
|Yes||No||(11) Do you dislike library research?|
|Yes||No||(12) Do you have a drive to enter the profession of psychology?|
|Yes||No||(13) Are there many other careers, besides being a psychologist, that you would like to pursue?|
|Yes||No||(14) Do you intend to work full-time at a career?|
|Yes||No||(15) Are you sick of school right now?|
|Yes||No||(16) Are your grades mostly A's and B's?|
|Yes||No||(17) Have any of your teachers ever suggested that you go to graduate school?|
|Yes||No||(18) Did you do well (i.e., receive an A or B) in statistics?|
|Yes||No||(19) Do you feel a Ph.D. is desirable primarily because of the social status it gives to those who hold it?|
|Yes||No||(20) Do you like doing research?|
|Yes||No||(21) Do you dislike competing with other students?|
|Yes||No||(22) Can you carry out projects and study without direction from anyone else?|
Scoring the Test:
- Give yourself one point for each "yes" you said to items 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, and 22.
- Give yourself one point for each "no" you said to items 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, and 21.
- Total your points.
- Your score can range from 0 to 22. The higher your score, the greater your graduate school potential
The Test should also make you aware of some of the issues that are often relevant to the successful completion of graduate school.