Q: Who is International Assessment Network (IAN)?
A: The International Assessment Network is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based corporation dedicated to providing individuals and companies with tools to aid them in their search for job satisfaction and retention. These tools help corporations hire and retain employees and increase productivity through job satisfaction. IAN provides a motivational assessment called MAPP that they continually expand and refine. This assessment has been used successfully for more than 40 years and has been enhanced by the application of leading-edge technology.
Q: What does MAPP stand for?
A: MAPP stands for Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential. This tool is based on motivation and is used to help individuals pinpoint where to apply themselves so they can choose careers and make life choices that are in sync with their natural motivations. After all, if you like what you do it will feel more like a hobby than work.
Q: What is MAPP?
A: MAPP is a fully integrated computer-aided assessment system that measures an individual is potential and motivation for given areas of work, and describes their temperament, aptitude, vocational interests and learning style preferences. The MAPP technology classifies, codes and identifies every kind of job and every type of person.
Q: How does MAPP compare to other tools out there?
A: See for yourself! Click Here for a complete comparison table that will show you how MAPP compares to other tools.
Q: Have you done any studies to prove that the MAPP is valid?
A: International Assessment Network along with several psychologists, has conducted both Validity and Reliability Studies which are published online. We are constantly evaluating and comparing our tool to make sure we provide you with useful, valid information.
Q: What is Validity?
A: Validity relates to subject matter. Validity studies are conducted to measure whether or not an instrument is really testing what it says it will test. For example, IAN is saying that MAPP will give you information on individual strenghts and job fit, and it does.
Q: What is Reliability?
A: Reliability relates to scores. Reliability studies measure whether or not you get the same score under the same circumstances each time the study is conducted. Over time, more research will strengthen the results of the reliability.Back to Top
Q: How long will it take to complete the MAPP Assessment?
A: It takes approximately 25 minutes to complete the assessment.
Q: Will my work be saved if I get interrupted when taking the assessment?
A: Yes. Just come back to the MAPP Career Center at any time and login with your e-mail address and password. The system will recognize you and let you start where you left off.
Q: Are there other language options besides English?
A: Yes. MAPP is now in 15 languages.
Q: How many questions are there?
A: There are 71 triads of preferences in which you answer the task you prefer to do the Most and the one you prefer the Least, leaving one blank. They are called preferences because there is no right or wrong answer.
Q: What is the recommended age to take the MAPP assessment?
A: We recommend MAPP for ages 13 and older. This tool can be used for people in all stages of life whether you are choosing school courses or your retirement years.
Q: What if I don't understand a word in one of the questions?
A: If you have a question about any of the words and their meanings just look at our online glossary for guidance or feel free to ask a friend to help you. It is ok to ask a friend or relative for help defining a word. Remember, this is not a test. Getting the proper information to help you make accurate decisions when answering the 71 preferences will help you get the most accurate results.
Q: I want to choose two mosts. What should I do?
A: Sorry, that is not an option. Even if you like all of the tasks listed you must still choose one that you would prefer to do more than the others. Try this method to help you... If you could do all 3 which order would you do them in, assuming you choose the one you like the most for starters?Back to Top
Q: How could my company use this tool?
A: The data resulting from the MAPP Assessment can be used to manage the hiring of new employees, promotion of existing employees, career planning, work team analysis, outplacement, succession planning, career development, morale and productivity, training, reorganization, building work teams, etc. The uses of MAPP are endless. How you use your results will all depend on what your need is.
Q: What are the benefits of MAPP from the employer is point of view?
A: As an employer you can save time and money by using MAPP as a tool to profile jobs and match people to them. The idea is to match the motivations of the individual to the motivations necessary to perform in the job. Before investing the time and money in benefits and training, make sure there is a good fit. Turnover is too costly to take unnecessary risks. Click Here to see what a manager at GMAC had to say.Back to Top
Q: I love music! How come I have a low motivational rating under music?
A: You have to ask yourself what you like about music that you would apply to a career. If you enjoy listening to music that may mean you are to do just that. So when you look at your motivational levels be sure to think of the traits you prefer in a career context.
Q: I had all 2 is, 3 is and 4 is in my MAPP, is this good or bad?
A: With MAPP there is no good or bad. The motivation levels 1-5 are based on measuring 72 worker traits that were defined by the government. 1 is are things you absolutely must do in your job and 5 is are those things you want to avoid, aversions. If you don't have any 1 is or 5 is then you are more middle of the road. This means that you can do a little of everything but don't have to do anything in particular. This indicates flexibility.
Q: Will my results change over time?
A: Not very much. For the most part your motivations remain the same. However, the intensity of them may change a little over time. This will only be seen in the Personal Appraisal where you see all the 1 is and 2 is etc. ranked by a value within each grouping.
Q: I looked at my results but I am not sure what the numbers on the right hand side mean?
A: MAPP measures motivation on a scale from 1 to 5. Each number describes a motivation level; 1 is being traits that you absolutely want to perform in a job and 5 is being traits that do not motivate you. You can find more information about these motivation levels under Reading Your Appraisal.
Q: Does the top 10 list mean I should look for a job in those fields?
A: The top ten vocational areas are just that, Areas. This means that you should consider careers in those related fields. For example, if your list includes law and related you may look into becoming a police officer, judge, lawyer, etc. Brainstorm about the general area of concentration then come up with more specific jobs that you might be interested in. When a company has created their own job profiles this list is less significant.
Q: I have trade management on my top 10 list. What does this mean?
A: Trade Management is a term used for a specific skill learned like an electrician or plumber. The computer industry is also a specific trade. You will see this on your list if you have the motivations to be a computer programmer, web designer or other IT specialist.
Q: My results say I should be a taxi driver, what is up with this?
A: Take a look at the other career areas listed and the traits within your MAPP. A job area such as a driver would imply that you like to help others and provide a service to them. This doesn't necessarily mean you should drive a taxi for a living. This is suggesting that you have the motivations to do so and enjoy it. You may be a world traveler and meet lots of new and interesting people, see the similarity in the jobs? Look for the traits behind the top 10 job areas and brainstorm about them to come up with more specific jobs you are interested in.Back to Top
Q: Who uses MAPP?
A: MAPP is widely used throughout the auto industry, in General Motors, Drake Beam Morin, Sandia National Laboratories, and Business Information Systems to name a few. MAPP is used in both small businesses and large corporations. Many independent consultants choose to use MAPP as well.Back to Top
Q: How do I use the MAPP System?
A: Click here to download a Word Document with information regarding how the MAPP System for coaches works.Back to Top