Reading the MAPP™ Appraisal

MAPP focuses on motivation. MAPP does not determine whether you can or cannot perform in a job, rather indicates if you will perform. Motivation is what drives an individual from the inside. It cannot be learned or taught, this is just who you are. Therefore, our goal is to aid you in identifying your motivations and learning how to use them to be successful in your career and life plan.

While reading your appraisal concentrate on the Motivation Levels 1-5. The Motivation Level determines your motivation toward the given area listed. If you have a lower motivation level this does not mean you cannot do that task, it simply means you would rather not.

Introduction to MAPP

MAPP is a fully integrated, computer-aided vocational assessment system capable of matching people with jobs. It can assist you with hiring, promoting, career MAPPing, succession planning, work team development, outplacement and conducting job searches.

MAPP does the following:

  • Measures your potential and motivation for given areas of work.
  • Describes your temperament, aptitude and vocational interests.
  • Formats information in three ways:
    1. Narrative
    2. Numeric
    3. Graphical

Backed by forty years of ongoing development and success, MAPP is now available in six languages (English, French, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish).

Your appraisal consists of several sections.

  1. The narrative interpretation and ranking of your strongest worker traits.
  2. Detailed numerical presentation of these same worker traits.
  3. Graphical look at the same information in chart form.
  4. Vocational analysis (a breakdown of vocational categories as suggested by the US Department of Labor).
  5. Educational analysis. It assists in course selection and career planning.

Appraisal Ratings

As you review your appraisal note that the numbers presented on the right side of the worker traits have specific meaning.

MAPP Motivations Sample

(Expression of performing tasks)

P Sensory/Mental awareness of pieces of the picture 77 1
G Intellectual and/or Analytical orientation 75 1
V Literary and/or Communicative orientation 72 1
S Mental/Sensory awareness of the “big picture” 68 2
N Computational or analytical use of numbers 62 2
Q Sensory/Mental awareness of detail per se 54 3
E Simultaneous skills in complex physical tasks 35 4
F Mental/Sensory skills in handling fine detail 32 4
M Manual dexterity in routine “workbench” activities 32 4
C See and sense colors, shades, patterns, textures 18 5
K Mental/Sensory coordination of physical action 14 5

The left column is a set of computer reference codes. They are there for coding purposes. The column to the right of the traits is the raw score. This is used to determine the level of motivation you have for each characteristic. The column of numbers at the far right indicates the motivation level you have for that particular trait. There are five levels of motivation:

  1. Compelling traits. These are your strongest traits will help you to be succesful in your job
  2. Highly motivated traits. These are very important for you to express in a job
  3. Moderately motivated traits for you
  4. Traits that have little or no importance to you
  5. Traits that are aversions for you

Think of these as “energy” traits that are on a continuum, from positive to negative. Traits with 1’s and 2’s are on the positive end of the energy spectrum indicating that you are highly motivated to use these traits, and 4’s and 5’s on the negative end.

Keep in mind that because a trait is at level 4 or 5 does not mean you cannot perform tasks related to that particular trait. It simply means you do not desire to perform those tasks regularly.

Worker Traits

The MAPP Appraisal analyzes your “Worker traits” as they relate to your potential job performance. The appraisal is divided into nine categories, as follows:

  1. Interest in Job Contents - This section identifies those tasks you are motivated to perform in your work environment.
  2. Temperament for the Job - This group identifies how you prefer to perform tasks. They are personal traits which you have a tendency to display at work.
  3. Aptitude for the Job - This section includes mental, perceptual, and sensory/physical factors that show how your mind and senses work together.
  4. People - This section discusses your roles, relationships, and priorities. These factors indicate how you are likely to respond in your working relationships with others.
  5. Things - How you relate to factors such as engineering, operations, and sensory/physical illustrate technical and craft potential.
  6. Data - This section involves your mental orientation and order of thinking. These factors cover the full range of thinking from theory to fact, thinking to doing. If ratings are high, mental activity is an important part of your vocational activities.
  7. Reasoning - These factors are designed to show how you reason and where your thinking is best applied.
  8. Mathematical - This group of factors indicates your interest level in applying the use of mathematics on the job.
  9. Language - This section reports your motivation and potential in the use of language and communication.