How to Score Top Marks for a
Quality Vocational Assessment
School’s back — and with a record-breaking start from the donors and volunteers of the 2012 Supplies for
Students Program. This annual initiative of the Thames Valley Education Foundation distributed over 1,700 backpacks filled with school supplies this year throughout the city of London and surrounding counties, making sure students in need are well equipped to make their grades.
Vocational testing is less about making grades — in fact, there is no pass or fail in these multidimensional assessments. Instead, vocational assessments look at things like a person’s aptitudes, interests, values and transferable skills to yield recommendations for suitable and sustainable employment. Yet there are still
certain supplies that can help make sure your client’s vocational assessment report achieves top marks.
Before the Assessment:
Here are some things we have identified as ideal items to provide before any vocational assessment. Not all
of these may be available in every case, and they are by no means required, but more information is always better whenever possible.
✓A resume, even if outdated, or a written list of the client’s work history.
✓Academic transcripts, along with diplomas, certificates, licences and other educational documents.
✓A Functional Abilities Evaluation (FAE), ideally completed within the past year, to outline the
client’s physical limitations.
✓A list of the client’s current medications.
✓Communication about whether English is a second language for the client and, if so, whether an interpreter
is needed for the assessment.
At the Assessment:
Here are some things the client should bring on the day of the vocational assessment, as applicable.
✓Mobility or ambulatory aids, such as canes, crutches and walkers.
✓Assistive devices for reading and writing, such as magnifiers, slant boards and pencil grips.
✓Body supports, such as wrist or leg braces and lumbar pillows.
✓Medication used for pain management or needed to be taken during the time of the appointment.
If you or a colleague is handling a case needing vocational expertise,
be sure to contact Spencer Experts to find out how we can help.
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