Vocational Assessment

Identify and Explore Job Opportunities

Vocational Assessment is a one-day activity that helps participants identify and explore job interests and employment goals. 

Participants receive information about how to qualify for jobs in their areas of interest and how many jobs are available in your areas of interest.  You will be tested on your reading and math skills. A professional will also discuss obstacles stopping you from successfully getting a job and how we may help.

Participants work closely with the vocational assessment professional to review job information, career paths, test scores, and receive assistance in choosing two goals to work towards while in the GAIN program. The vocational assessor will then help develop a plan that will describe the GAIN activities to help participants achieve their goals.

Test Prep Resources

The following resources are designed to aid you in preparing for your vocational assessment.

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.

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

Other Tips?

  • Approach the assessment tests with confidence – you can’t fail!
  • Being afraid to take tests is normal and you are not alone
  • Be prepared!
  • 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