Aptitude Assessments

Aptitude Assessments

These stand-alone assessment packages allow clients to access standardized tests with the highest-quality of professional support, towards their individual growth and goals.  These kinds of assessments are particularly helpful for identifying personality, strengths and insight for areas of growth, clarifying career interests and vocational planning, exploring challenges around self-compassion, self-esteem, and self-worth, assessing communication skills and style, and building interpersonal and leadership capabilities.  To assist in comfort of the assessment experience, the majority of these assessments can be completed off site through a secure online portal.  Dr. Cartaya provides several kinds of assessments, from the very basic to more intensive, to allow clients the option to customize to their preferences. Virtue Medicine and Dr. Cartaya are committed to client privacy and the full confidentiality of assessment findings and reports.

Because these assessments do not include medical or mental health history, assessment or diagnosis, no health insurance claims forms are provided to the clients.  However, those individuals who have co-existing mental health concerns may benefit from a 90-minute intake session with in-depth goals setting to further personalize the assessment experience, to explore whether any additional psychological testing is needed based on goals, and to maximize benefits of the results for personal health needs.   

Personal Insight or Career-Exploration Package – $495

This assessment package includes the Myers Briggs Interest Inventory Step I and the Strong Interest Inventory, and is well-designed to help high school and college students during their early vocational decision-making, but also very appropriate for clients who are interested in better understanding their own personality and strengths for a variety of life goals. The information from this package can help clients better choose areas of study, extracurricular activities, internships, and jobs that match their unique strengths, interests, and personality. The package includes the two tests, which can be completed through an online portal at a time convenient for the client, plus a 90-minute coaching session with Dr. Cartaya to review the written findings.

Expanded Personal Insight or Early-Career Package – $575

This package is specifically designed to provide an in-depth exploration of personal or professional development, and includes the Myers Briggs Interests Inventory, Step I and Step II, and the Strong Interest Inventory and Skills Confidence Inventory.  The information from this assessment package helps build awareness of interests and self-confidence, assisting clients to better match talents and skills to vocational, educational, and extracurricular choices.  This package may be especially helpful for new graduates, those seeking career changes, or exploring how to elevate their vocational satisfaction.  The tests may be completed through an online portal, and the package includes a 90 minute coaching session with Dr. Cartaya to review the findings.

Both the Career-Exploration and Early-Career packages have the options of two add-on assessments, which can be completed through an online portal, with findings that allow the base assessments to be interpreted with even more personalization, and which are explored during the coaching session.

1)  The Values in Action/Character Strengths Assessment helps identify how the client’s values and beliefs influence feelings of purpose and forms of meaningful interaction with activities and people.  Fee:  $175, includes an additional 30 minutes to the coaching session.
2)  The Strength Finder 2.0 is a more detailed assessment that provides even more information about a client’s individual aptitudes and strengths, including insights on optimizing a match between strengths and career decisions.  Fee:  $250, includes an additional 30 minutes to the coaching session.

Professional Leadership Package – $795 (Basic); $1195 (Extended)

This package is focused on those who are seeking to advance professional development and effectiveness, long-term priority and goal setting, succession planning, and/or leadership skills such as communication, problem-solving, conflict management, motivation, influence and negotiation.  The package includes administration of three assessments, which will be chosen in consultation with Dr. Cartaya, and might include any of the following:  MBTI, FIRO-B, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), StrengthFinder 2.0, California Personality Inventory (CPI), DISC **, and others. The administration and interpretation of these exams requires additional attention by Dr. Cartaya, which is included in the fee.  The Basic Package includes three assessments+ 90 minute coaching session, and the Extended Package includes three assessments + two 90-minute coaching sessions with the additional time focused on creating a strategy for incorporating findings into professional growth and leadership. Both the Basic and Extended Packages can be completed through an online portal at a time convenient for the client. **Note:  Because of unique aspects of the DISC, this assessment is only available in the Extended Professional Package.

Professional-At-Risk Testing and Assessment Package – $2000

This package is specifically designed as part of our Advocacy Coaching work for professionals who have been referred for workplace misconduct or difficulties related to anger management, unprofessional conduct or communication, or mental health issues that may be impacting performance and meeting professional standards.  The evaluation and testing process is carefully personalized, and includes a thorough intake process, followed by detailed findings that are confidentially reviewed with the coachee, before designing a customized coaching recommendation for both the professional and the sponsoring organization.  Assessments within this package may include standardized psychological testing including robust personality and interpersonal measures, behavior and mood inventories, projective measures, and assessments evaluating cognition, executive functioning, and memory, among others.  In addition, this package may also include skills based assessments and tests which focus on interpersonal relationships, conflict management, work-place preferences, and stress management.   Assessments and psychological tests are respectfully and thoughtfully chosen based on understanding of the needs of our Advocacy Coaching clients and referring organizations.

Most assessments in this specialized evaluation package require in-person administration.
Some of the commonly used assessments include:

Amen Adult General Symptom Checklist; Comprehensive Trail Making Tests (CTMT); Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test (IVA); Stroop Test; Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales (SB-5); Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV); Benton Visual Retention Test (BVRT); Rey Complex Figure Test (RCFT); Weschler Memory Scale (WMS-IV); Wide Range Assessment of Memory & Learning (WRAML-2); Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI); Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (Revised) (MMPI-2 RF); 16 Personality Factors (16-PF); California Personality Inventory (CPI); House-Tree-Person Test; Sentence Completion; Thematic Apperception Test

Organizational and Executive Packages

The organizational assessment packages can serve a variety of purposes, but typically focus on exploring team cohesion and building communication between team members, supervisors, and/or management.  We tailor our assessment and professional services to the needs and goals of the organization, towards improved problem-solving, conflict management, productivity, and alignment of values.  Assessment results can be provided individually or in group settings for discussion, and are also incorporated into the Virtue Medicine Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting work, which might include individual coaching, interactive workshops in communication, professionalism, and leadership, and basic training in conflict management and mediation skills.  For organizational needs, please contact us at professionalism@virtuemedicine, or at 319-338-5190, with inquiries.  Our team can help!