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What is a psychometrist anyway?

Google "psychometrist" and you will likely find two descriptions. The first will include words like "paranormal" and "psychic". I mean, it's a thing, right? It's not MY thing, but I hear it's a thing. The second description will include words like "testing" and "scoring". That is the absolute most simple explanation of what I do.

The psychometrist profession has been around since the early 1900's, but it most recently began to grow in the 1980's as one of the few careers that can be pursued with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. The National Association of Psychometrists was founded in 1994 and certification through the Board of Certified Psychometrists became available in 2005. As of this posting there are approximately 300 certified specialists in psychometry. Guess who is one of them? (Hint: you are reading her blog.) A psychometrist is trained in how to administer and score pencil, paper, and computer tests that reveal strengths and weaknesses in one's thinking abilities. This includes academic, psychological, and neuropsychological tests. Psychometrists generally do not interpret the test results.

Psychometrists have a keen eye for detail and an uncanny ability to work with just about anybody. This includes children that absolutely cannot sit still, and those with severe test anxiety. So in a way, we are really- SUPERHEROES! Now, anyone seen my cape?

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