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iThemba offers a full range of Psychometric Services by a registered Industrial Psychologist ranging from entry level to advance psychometric profiling of executives.

iThemba only uses psychometric tests approved by the Psychometrics Committee of the Professional Board of Psychology in South Africa, making use of South African norms and standards where available.

Purpose of the Assessment

The purpose of the assessment is to assist the individual in identifying his/her most suitable career path within the organisation as well as his level of operation, be it managerial or non-managerial. The assessment results will indicate the person’s strengths and development areas as well as a development plan should it be required. This process will ultimately benefit the organisation as the employee feels more suitable in what he is doing and therefore enjoys a more productive and a better quality of life.

The following assessment tools are normally recommended depending on the purpose of assessment:

Managerial Competence

a)     In-basket Exercise   (+/- One-hour depending of the level of the position)

In this type of exercise the participant is given the in-basket of a predecessor which must be managed within a specific length of time. The contents typify issues often found in the in-basket at a specific level in terms of variety, complexity and volume. The participants will therefore need to display a range of management skills through criteria such as Delegation, Written communication, Problem Analysis, Judgement, Decisiveness and Planning and Organising. This is an ideal exercise to determine a candidate’s suitability for a supervisory or managerial position. It is also ideally suited to determine the development needs of people earmarked for a supervisory or managerial position.

Various other Case study exercises

Part of the assessment process, you are also given a set of papers relating to a particular situation and asked to make recommendations in a brief spoken or written report. The subject matter itself may not be important; you are being tested on your ability to analyse information, to think clearly and logically, to exercise your judgement and to express yourself in writing or in a discussion with the assessors.

Reasoning Ability

  •   Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) (45 min)

The DAT is an Aptitude assessment looking, inter alia, at the person’s Verbal, Numerical and Abstract Reasoning. The purpose of this assessment tool is to provide information on the differential aptitudes of employees who wish to enter a particular occupation/career or to undergo post-school training or development. This information should be interpreted mainly with a view to providing counselling or to be of assistance in creating an optimal fit between individuals in certain occupations or in any post-school training centre.


a)         The Catell 16PF (Form A) (30 – 40 min)

The Cattell 16PF (16 Personality Factor) model is probably the most-widely used system for categorizing and defining personality. Unlike other common personal profiling tools, the 16PF defines our basic, underlying personality, without regard to how we apply it or the environment in which we apply it. This test will be replaced by a revised format in future.

b)       NEO Personality Inventory-Revised    (45 min)

Paul T. Costa, Jr., Ph.D. & Robert R. McCrae, Ph.D. © 1985, 1989, 1992, 1995

The NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R) is a highly-regarded assessment of personality. Based on the Five-Factor model, the NEO PI-R measures the interpersonal, motivational, emotional, and attitudinal styles of adults and adolescents. It consists of 240 personality items and 3 validity items, and is available in two forms. Form-S is designed for self-reports and Form-R is written in the third person for observer reports.


  • In counseling and clinical settings with adults as well as senior high school and college students.
  • In business and industrial settings.
  • Psychological research, including studies in sport psychology and recreation.

Thinking Preferences

a)         Brain Profile   (15 min)

Although the Brain Instrument does not fall within the category of a Psychological test, iThemba nevertheless makes use of it as it is considered by many as the world’s leading thinking styles assessment tool. It helps you to understand what makes you and others ’tick’ by identifying thinking, learning and communication styles. Understanding your thinking style preferences gives you a new perspective of yourself and others you interact with everyday. It helps you to achieve a greater appreciation of how you think, learn, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate, and why you do these things – and others – the way you do.


a)         DISC   (15 min)

The DISC is a self-assessment learning tool, commonly referred to as a survey or inventory. The 25 question DISC is not a “test” that you can pass or fail. It is easy to take and score, and indicates your preferred behaviour patterns and tendencies within four dimensions. DISC Profiles show the relative strength of each of these behavioral approaches and expresses your overall behavioral style as one of 15 patterns.

The assessment results will be integrated into a report form which will be discussed with the relevant employee and if necessary his/her supervisor.


iThemba is an accredited
Provider of Education and Training
with the Services Seta # 0659

All course fees includes:

  • NQF Aligned Courses
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Light Lunch and Refreshments
  • 15% Tax

Contact info

For further information and reservations please contact Sarah Swanepoel at:
Telephone: 012 998 0809
E-Mail: artsiecrafts3@gmail.com