|My Complete List of Career Assessments|
One of the two licenses I have earned is school counseling
so I have compiled this list of career assessments that can
be used in the school setting. I have compiled the information that would
be most useful at the junior high and high school levels.
Because education is being cut back both at the national level and at the state level, I have paid quite a bit of attention to assessments that can be done at no cost to the school. However, I also realize that the school at which Iím employed will also have the need to purchase resources, and Iíve included a variety to that end.
Work Interest Quiz
The Interest-Finder Quiz is a
sample quiz designed to acquaint the user with a national test that is
part of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. Your answers are analyzed
and fit into two of the six
The worker quiz is free and easy
to take. It is available at www.myfuture.com
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is
one of the most popular on-line personality tests, complete with analysis
and descriptions of the 16 personality termperaments and lists of famous
people who share the same traits. Dr. David Keirsey's descriptions of
temperament are based on the study of people and the study of psychology.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is quite similar to the Myers-Briggs Type
Keirsey Temperament Sorter identifies a basic personality type, and that
information can be used to direct a person into exploration of various
careers. The Keirsey measures preferences, not skills.
Keirsey is available for free on the website of the U.S. Department of the
Interior, www. doi.gov/octc/personal.html, which directs the person to
www. keirsey.com. To take the instrument, you simply enter your name and
email address, and then you create a password.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument is the most
widely used personality inventory in history. By assessing oneís
personality, a person can find out more about his or her career options by
matching personality type with career options.
Often this instrument is used to
help individuals learn more about their values and interests. It can also
be helpful in helping people who are already in the work field understand
the various personality types. The MBTI inventory helps to improve work
and personal relationships, increase productivity, and identify leadership
and interpersonal communication preferences for clients.
Professionals depend on it when
clients need to make important business, career, or personal decisions.
Two million people gained valuable insight about themselves and the people
they interact with daily by taking the MBTI instrument. Helps to build
teams and develop leadership, interpersonal, and lifestyle pursuits in
business, counseling, and education.
Cost for this inventory varies,
but students can take the Myers-Briggs for about $15.
The Strong Interest Inventory assessment instrument reflects
today's pattern of constant change in the world of work. It provides a
solid, dependable guide for career change and development. Whether for
students exploring careers, clients considering a job change, or
individuals interested in career development, the Strong provides the most
valid, powerful, and up-to-date information to help make informed
decisions. The Strong's 317 items measure interest in a broad range of
occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects.
is about $10 to take the Strong Inventory.
Strong products are designed to assist in career development
planning. Each component is easy to use and easy for your clients to
understand. The Strong products help plan for different steps along the
career path with one goal in mind: to match interests with careers.
InfoNet, Occupational Profile
This service provides a customized occupational profile report,
based on choices you make in the field you are interested in. After it
narrows the field for you, you can get the occupation description, state
and national wages and state and national employment trends. You can also
find out what kinds of skills, knowledge and ability are required for this
type of occupation. It also covers the kinds of tasks and activities tied
to this type of career, as well as the education and training needed.
Other options include related occupation profiles and web resources for
that particular field.
This gave accurate and descriptive information about the skills,
knowledge, ability, education and training needed to be, for example, a
school counselor. It gave a huge list of specific tasks and also work
activities, both general and specific.
This piece is available for free
Career Key is a free service to help you with career choices, career
changes, and career planning, job search, and choosing a college major or
training program. More than 5,000 people visit daily for professional
On this site, you can take the Career Key, a professional career
test, and you can identify your job skills. In the Career Key, you click
any jobs that interest you such as Bus Driver; Biologist; Lawyer;
Librarian; Apartment Manager; Teacher; Insurance Clerk; Nurse; Novelist;
Musician; Tax Expert; Social Worker; Fish and Game Warden; Bank Teller;
Restaurant Manager. Some titles are not available, such as ďcollege
professor.Ē However, for someone who is interested in another area, this
key could be helpful. Its drawback is that you have to be interested in
one of these few titles.
The Career Key measures how
similar you are to six basic types of people. The higher your score, the
more you are like that type. For example, if your highest score is on the
"Artistic" scale, that means you are most like the Artistic
The test is free and available at
Career and Educational Planning Solutions
This service is based
on the premise that all individuals are multidimensional, each with their
own unique package of occupational interests, values, skills, educational
aspirations, leisure time preferences, personality, and life values. Our
battery of assessments taps each of these resources to help the individual
gain a better understanding of themselves, and relates each of them to a
unique occupation list. Individuals will be engaged in an interactive
career exploration process for each of their assessment profiles and then
use our unique tools to integrate and narrow down their
Tools for counselors
include promotional material
including handouts, a workbook, and Powerpoint presentations; database
management tools; individual counselor reports; diagnostic reports by
gender and level of education; usage reports for accountability and making
management decisions; and crosswalk to DOT and O*Net-SOC classification
This system can be used for
people of all ages.
There is a fee for joining as a
single user ($18.95) or a counselor or school could set up a database
is available at http://www.focuscareer.com/prices.cfm
OSCAR: The Occupation
and Skill Computer-Assisted Researcher
friendly self-assessment tool is designed to help you find a good
occupational match based on your interests and skills. It includes values,
interests, and skills inventories. From the front page, you can opt for
the Quick Trip or The Full Flight. The Quick Trip is as it seems: Quick!
You can search by Work Value or Similar Attributes. Work Values measures
what is important to you in a job, like achievement and support from
supervisors. Similar Attributes is good for people who are already
experienced in one occupational field and want to see if those skills can
be transferred to another field.
Full Trip's sections include Assessment (Work importance or Interest
locator), I Enjoy... (find suggested occupations based on things you
enjoy), Clusters (review occupations based on groupings like Construction
or Education), Search (enter keywords describing your skills and interests
to find matching descriptions), Best Match (matching your current skills
and interests to possible new career fields), Compare (compare your most
recent occupation to one you'd like to pursue), and Profile (select an
occupation, OSCAR creates a detailed profile for you). OSCAR is a product
of the Texas Workforce Commission/Career Development Resources (TWC/CDR)
and was originally developed under a grant from the US Department of
Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Marvelous free tool that is
useful to all.
is available at http://www.ioscar.org/tx/oscar.asp
The Testing Room
is a collection of free assessments offered by Psychometrics Canada Ltd.,
a developer of assessments for career counselors. You must register to use
the tools, but this only means providing your name, email address, and
Personality Index, the Career Values Scale, the Career Interests
Inventory, and the Career Competency Explorer (skills inventory). Each of
these also has an extended component and report, available for a nominal
is available at http://www.testingroom.com
Soul Survival: Career
is a self-directed assessment from career-intelligence.com. Thereís an
article and accompanying exercise to help you decide what is important to
you in looking for a career or a new employer. Free registration is
required. The inventory is free and available at www.career-intelligence.com/assessment/career_values.html
Prioritizing Work Values
This questionnaire is from the
This questionnaire is free and available at www.mrs.umn.edu/services/career/
Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) via NCS Pearson
If you are interested in a career that requires some post-secondary education, the CISS (Campbell Interest and Skill Survey) assessment can help point you in the right direction!" The CISS uses targeted questions and analysis to help you understand how you fit into the world of work. It has been used by career counselors for over 10 years and it is available to you on the Internet. The test is provided by NCS Pearson, a leading publisher of career assessments for nearly 30 years, and author David Campbell, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in the field of career exploration. The same test can be accessed from either of two gateways noted above.
This survey from Pearson Assessments measures self-reported vocational interests and skills. Similar to traditional interest inventories, the CISS interest scales reflect an individual's attraction for specific occupational areas.
However, the CISS instrument goes beyond traditional inventories by adding parallel skill scales that provide estimates of an individual's confidence in his or her ability to perform various occupational activities. Together, the two types of scales provide more comprehensive, richer data than interest scores alone. The Internet version of the CISS survey, which includes an innovative test management system for counselors and an expanded CISS Career Planner, adds new dimension to this dynamic, popular instrument. It now includes seven orientation scales, 25 basic scales and 60 occupational scales
It is available in paper-and-pencil, computer or Internet administration
The manual costs $32 or $50. The worksheets are $12 for 50 in a package. The career planners are sold separately for $2.25 each, with a discount for large quantities. You can also purchase an annual license for $89 for a desktop version. A network version is $250. Both must be renewed annually.
This game is designed to help match your interests
and skills with similar careers. University of Missouri-Columbia has
created a separate Web page for each of the six different
This is a game designed to
help you match your interests and skills with similar careers. It can help
you begin thinking about how your personality will fit in with specific
work environments and careers. Come play along and see what happens! For
more information about the Career Interests Game, careers,
majors, and self-assessments (the SDS, Discover and Card Sort), call or
come by the MU
This exercise is based on Dr. John Holland's theory that people and work environments can be loosely classified into six different groups. Different peoples' personalities may find different environments more to their liking. While you may have some interests in and similarities to several of the six groups, you may be attracted primarily to two or three of the areas. These two or three letters are your Holland Code.
This is available at http://career.missouri.edu/modules.php?name=News& file=article&sid=146
This online self-directed career test based on John Holland's RIASEC model is easy to use, and the results will be delivered to you in as little as one hour or as long as 5 days, depending how much you want to spend, but the rate is reasonable. In addition to the career test, CareerPlanner.com, an online career testing / counseling / coaching service, offers numerous good career and job search articles and links to resources you will find useful.
Costs depend on how fast you want results, from $19.95 to $29.95.
This is available at http://www.careerplanner.com/Career-Test-Career-Search/What-is-a-Career-Test.cfm
This online self-directed assessment package actually includes an interest inventory, a skills survey, a personality assessment, and even a values inventory. It is useful for high school students, college students, and even adult workers, and the fee is quite reasonable. You do not need to complete the full assessment in one session. Fee is $18.95. Workbook is $3.
This is available at http://www.focuscareer.com/
MAPP is a self-directed interest survey, similar to the Strong Interest Inventory. They offer a free Career Analysis designed to help you identify your preferences for people, things, and job content, and suggesting some jobs that match these preferences. This assessment is offered in five languages -- English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swedish - and it takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. It is a collection of 71 options, each consisting of 3 statements. You must indicate which statement you most prefer and which you least prefer. When you have finished, you can review your free detailed career analysis.
Although it says free, that just includes the sample test. The other packages have costs of $19.95 for Narrative; $29.95 for the Starter Package; $39.95 for the Career Seeker Package; and $129.95 for the Executive Package.
This is available at http://www.assessment.com/
The SDS, developed by John Holland, is an inventory that can help you find careers or educational programs that match your own skills and interests. This fee-based assessment tool is very well known and popular among career counselors. The test takes only 15-20 minutes to complete online. Pen and paper versions are also available. After your payment is verified, your personalized report (based on your responses to the SDS questions) will appear on your screen. A sample report is available online. SDS is a product of PAR, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
The SDS has been used by over 22 million people worldwide and has also been translated into 25 different languages. SDS results have been supported by over 500 research studies.
For an introductory price of only $9.95, you can take the Internet Version of this popular career planning tool and receive a personalized interpretive report. For over 25 years, PAR has maintained the highest ethical standards for psychological testing. Your responses to the SDS items and your personalized report are completely confidential.
The SDS takes 15 minutes and costs $9.95. Your 8 to16 page personalized report will appear on your screen. This printable assessment report provides a list of the occupations and fields of study that most closely match your interests.
This is available at http://www.self-directed-search.com/index.html
The Strong Interest is a self-directed inventory measures your clientsí interests in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects." It is a widely-used tool in college career centers and other counseling situations. While it does not require interpretive assistance, reviewing the results with a trained provider is highly recommended. You can purchase this tool from various online providers, including career-intelligence.com, DiscoverYourPersonality.com, and My Life Coach. Costs for this tool vary greatly, depending on the version of the test you select (online vs. paper), the type and amount of counseling involved and whether the test is offered with another instrument.
The Strong can help you identify and understand your interests, and match those interests to work and leisure activities. The Strong will tell you how your reported interests compare with women and men who are satisfactorily employed in a in a variety of different occupations.
The 1994 Strong Inventory is for individuals 14 years of age and older. It takes about 35-40 minutes to complete.
The standard edition preview kit is $16.50. The online administration kit is $7.80 each, with discounts of 100 to 499 and another discount for 500+. For the software system and booklets with answer sheets, itís $17.50 for a package of 25 sheets.
This is available at http://www.cpp.com/products/strong/index.asp
Thomas Kilman Conflict Mode Instrument
This could be an interesting assessment for older high school students to assess whether they are good at handling conflict and could be in managerial positions.
Being able to work effectively with others is one of the most sought after skills. Being able to relate to colleagues is essential for everyone, particularly those in management positions and those who would like to be.
The TKI Inventory assesses your behavior on five different dimensions: competing (the goal is to win); avoiding (the goal is to delay); compromising (the goal is to find a middle ground); collaborating (the goal is to find a win-win situation); and accommodating (the goal is to yield).
The cost is $24.95 and you get a 10-page personalized report, which explains the five conflict-handling styles, your preferred styles and how your results compare to other managers. You also get information on how your preferred styles may be helping and hindering your working relationships and suggestions on how varying your conflict-handling styles can improve your business interactions.
This is available at http://www.career-intelligence.com/assessment/tki.asp
FIRO-B Interpersonal Test
This online test can help you learn to understand your behavior and the behavior of others. You can use information from this report to maximize the impact of your actions, identify options for increasing your job satisfaction and productivity, and explore alternate ways to achieve your goals.
Cost is $50 for the report.
This is available at http://www.discoveryourpersonality.com/Firob.html?source=PT
This free tool, a self-directed assessment, will help you build a list of skills, then identify occupations that require your skills, and identify gaps in your skills and/or education for each occupation so you can get any necessary training to be most successful. Great for persons entering the workforce, students considering potential careers, or persons considering a jump from one occupational field or industry to another. One of the many helpful tools you can find at CareerOneStop.
This is available at http://www.acinet.org/acinet/skills_home.asp
This self-directed inventory is free, offered by career-intelligence.com
An article and worksheet help you list your skills. Free registration is required.
This is available at http://www.career-intelligence.com/assessment/career_assessment.asp
This website is a companion to the book Life Work Transitions.com. Chapter 2 is dedicated to skills assessment, and the site includes several different skill surveys for you to complete and review.
This is available at http://www.lifeworktransitions.com/exercises/exercs.html
exploration tool is from the DOL and Department of Education. Different
sections guide young people, career changers, parents, and even career
advisors to resources and information designed to help with choosing and
preparing for a career, moving from one career to another, guiding your
child to a great career, or even assisting your clients in their search.
Many of the sites resources you already know, but this makes one great and
easy to us package for exploration and discovery. In early 2005, a Career
Compass was added, incorporating
This is available at http://www.careervoyages.gov/
the America's Job Bank network, this is a tremendous source of information
on hundreds of occupations and can help you identify transferable skills
used by many occupations, what industries employ persons in these
occupations, and what compensation you can expect. Head right to the Wages and Trends section for the fastest access to the occupational
info. Select a menu item or use the Keyword search to target potential
occupations. These reports will link you to all the relevant information
for these occupations, including tasks, skills, industry trends, and job
This is available at http://www.acinet.org/acinet/default.asp
This is a new gateway to
all of the job and career tools provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.
CareerOneStop serves to unite
This is available at http://www.careeronestop.org/
The latest edition of this biannual handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is now online. It lists a wealth of career information for a wide range of occupations, including a brief review of important features and what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects. Users can access this information (offered in HTML and .pdf formats) by conducting a keyword search for a specific occupation, by browsing an "occupational cluster," or by browsing a listing of all occupations in alphabetical order.
This is available at http://www.bls.gov/oco/
This is also from the BLS. The Career Guide to Industries provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information. This is a way to explore various industries to see who is needed and whether you fit the bill.
This is available at http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/
Published quarterly by the BLS, including an online version, this magazine features articles with practical information on jobs and careers. Topics cover a wide variety of career and work-related topics such as new and emerging occupations, training opportunities, salary trends, and results of new studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The main articles are in PDF format and require the free reader to view them. However, you can review a "nutshell" description or a "snippet" from each OOQ article before you download the full text of the article. The Grab Bag section includes short news alerts, and You're a What? looks at unusual occupational fields (fun for younger persons to read.) These sections are in HTML and PDF.
This is available at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm
The Occupational Information Network O*NET database takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database and related products will help millions of employers, workers, educators, and students make informed decisions about education, training, career choices, and work. The O*NET Project is administered and sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.
O*NET OnLine was created for the general public-to provide broad access to the O*NET database of occupational information. This database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. O*NET includes Information for over 950 occupations and each occupational title and code is based on the most current version (1999) of the Standard Occupational Classification system. This version of the SOC compacted the declining blue-collar occupations that made up the bulk of our industry in the early part of the 20th Century while expanding the ever-growing computing and IT occupations we see today. You'll like searching this by keyword or code and enjoy the ability to see what occupations are similar to yours and which ones use the skills you already have. The website, http://www.onetcenter.org/guides.html, offers a list of assessments.
This is available at http://www.onetcenter.org/
Other online resources:
A Web application for job
seekers, employment professionals, and others interested in exploring
occupations through O*NET
This is a free career exploration and inspiration web site where experienced workers share their motivations, basic skills and advice with those just entering the career field. These profiles are completed persons who are successful in their jobs, and they cover an interesting assortment of jobs including head groundskeeper for a baseball park, private school headmaster/mistress, hand-made wooden boat builder, debugging specialists (surveillance countermeasures), and much more. They also have a nice article on how to discover and then manage your career (under About).
This is available at http://www.jobprofiles.org/
This is the OOH, but with added information. The developer of this site, Frank Fogelfrei, is a retired career guidance counselor who worked with high school students helping them to decide on a career path they pursue. To this end, he has taken the great occupational information found in the OOH and enhanced it with additional statistical resources, such as the Census Bureau, as well as detailed information from the the Employment Matrix, the Occupational Employment Statistics Program, and the Current Population Survey, all from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This BLS data is present in the original OOH articles, but it is summarized while here you can read the full data. Poke around the site, because you can survey the information from a number of access points, including alphabetical indexes of job names, employment rankings, and more.
This is available at http://www.ocouha.com
Developed by Pam Allen and
Ellen Nagy at
This is available at http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/sa/career/students/planning_ process.html
This is the smart woman's online career resource. Our mission is to help you achieve career satisfaction by providing the information, support and tools you need to succeed in today's competitive economy." This web site doesn't just focus on searching for jobs, it looks at your entire career and the choices you may make along the way, from job changes to entrepreneurship to your personal life. The organization is run by women whose talents combine to make this a very powerful source of information and guidance, from stress management to career planning to image consulting to resume writing pros. Men are also welcome at this site.
This site has a list of assessments available for free or for various nominal fees. For example, the Five Steps to Choosing the Right Career is available for $8.95. The fee-based tools are the same ones you would see in a career counseling or outplacement office and are highly valued for the insight and information they provide. Some of these send you personalized reports you easily interpret yourself but others require the assistance of a certified consultant to interpret. If this is the case, you will be sent the information to arrange a session with career-intelligence.com's certified consultants. If the tool or inventory you selected does not required a counseling session but you have questions, you can contact this person for more assistance.
This is available at http://www.career-intelligence.com/
Quest Career Services
On this site, you can take a free career test to find out your natural talents and interests. The test would also match career choices with strengths and interests. The test takes about 15 minutes. Results are available immediately. You can review a 6-7 page narrative detailing the results of career test, learn about your motivations and preferences, and see how well your motivations and preferences match the needs of 5 jobs you select
This is available at http://www.questcareer.com/career_assessment_resources.html
At this site, you can take a survey to help you figure out what you might want to study and what career possibilities you can prepare for. After you answer the series of questions, it directs you to a number of career options and the types of majors.
This survey is free to
This is available at http://www.bsu.edu/webapps/quest/
This website offers 225 career assessments in a variety of topics, from honesty to career advancement. Thereís also a test for coping skills and one for management styles. Each test is free and takes various amounts of time. For example, the management style test takes 15-20 minutes to complete the 49 questions.
In order to get access to the free tests, you have to create a profile.
This is available at http://www.queendom.com/tests/career/index.html
The Big Five Personality Test
This test measures what many psychologists consider to be the five fundamental dimensions of personality. As you are rating yourself, you are encouraged to rate another person. By rating someone else you will tend to receive a more accurate assessment of your own personality. Also, you will be given a personality profile for the person you rate, which will allow you to compare yourself to this person on each of five basic personality dimensions. Try to rate someone whom you know well, such as a close friend, coworker, spouse, or other family member.
This test is free and offered at http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/
Vault Occupation Profiles
This website outlines a number of occupations you can check out by reading the surveys. The company surveyed 3,725 companies and have over 33,000 surveys, categorized by occupation.
This is a good, free site that you could surf to find out if an occupation you are considering is what you think it is.
This is available at http://www.vault.com/nr/surveys/occsurveylists.jsp
COIN Career Community
This website has a wealth of information, and schools can use the
site for a fee. Itís a very extensive website that includes areas such
as resources, exploration, activity center, planning and communication.
Counselors or students can work on the site to explore career options,
colleges, and interests, plus they can learn resume building skills,
letter-writing skills and planning options. The website, once the student
is a learner, will hold in memory the letters, colleges, favorites, etc.,
for the student to come back and add to.
In addition to all the electronic offerings, there are plenty of
hard copies of booklets, assessments and other valuable tools. Prices
vary. Call a representative for definitive pricing at 80-274-8515.