Thematic Apperception Test comes under the psychological test series. Thematic Apperception Test is conducted for all the candidates who have passed the screening test. In this test, the candidates are shown 12 different pictures, one after the other, and are expected to write stories relevant to the pictures.
Each picture is shown for about thirty seconds and thereafter, four minutes are given to write the stories relevant to that picture. The last picture is always a blank picture, on which you have to write any story of your own choice. However, the other stories must be purely based on the shown picture.
The picture can be perceived in many a ways, but the candidate has to remember that the story that he writes shows his personality and his thinking. The actions in your story that are done by the hero of your story, is actually thought as the actions that you will undertake in those conditions. For example, if the picture shows a site of an accident, you could write a how the hero of your story saw that and helped the injured and took appreciable actions.
While writing the story, show that the hero of your story was brave, intelligent and took quick responses to the situations. Do not write stories showing that your main character was a superhero or possessed any magical powers. Your hero should be an average person with a positive attitude.
Your hero must show determination. For example, in a picture where you perceive a boy who failed in his exams, you can write how he overcame that situation by his hard work. Your hero should be of same age group and sex as you. Your story must have a practical and acceptable plot. Your hero must be shown as a leader of the group and should be able to control the activities of the group. He must be confident and ambitious in his life.
Never write a story that may reflect that your hero is not a coward but a brave person who faces every situation with courage. It should not be shown that he got anything by luck or chance, but his hard work and determination have helped his achieve his goals. Your hero must not be impatient. He must always be polite and respectful to everyone. He must not show any lack of patriotism and nationalism. He should be a normal person, not any character from a fairytale.
Your story must not contain any anti-national of anti-social topic. You have to write a story of about 100 words, so do not be indulged in a complex issue as you may be out of time while writing about such situations. Do not show lethargy and try to write in your best possible hand-writing.
Thus, the qualities that your main character must contain are:
Intelligence, compassion, quick decision making skills, patriotism, courage, sense of responsibility, determination, social adaptive skills and high moral values. Whatever you write about your main character is how you will behave in your life. Your main character also reflects the qualities that you have or are trying to achieve.