The PSB examinations are designed to not only test academic readiness in key areas, but also the candidate’s readiness, capability, and suitability for a career in an assistance healthcare profession. There are five sections to the PSB examinations:
ACADEMIC APTITUDE has three subtests:
Verbal has vocabulary-related questions.
Arithmetic has concept questions and computational problems at about an eighth grade level.
Nonverbal tests general comprehension of the relationship of forms and the ability to manipulate shapes and use visualization skills.
SPELLING measures not only spelling aptitude, but also indicates the candidate’s general educational background.
READING COMPREHENSION tests the ability to read and understand the message in the piece.
NATURAL SCIENCE has questions about biology, chemistry, health and safety, and the other sciences related to the human body.
VOCATIONAL ADJUSTMENT INDEX asks questions related to the candidate’s feelings, attitudes, personality, and behavior to ensure the person has the right soft skill set to be successful in an assistance healthcare profession.
The results of the PSB examinations calculate the raw score from all five sections and convert that number into a percentile rank. Because the Psychological Services Bureau has been evaluating the results of PSB examinations since 1955, the test results are very predictive of the candidate’s potential for meeting the rigorous challenges faced in training, as well future success and satisfaction in the assistance healthcare profession. If a candidate does not score well on a PSB examination for one field of study, that doesn’t mean the person won’t be able to work in the medical field. What it does indicate is that he or she is unsuitable for that particular area.