Career Assessment and Testing

The UCS offers career assessment and testing services to students at the University of Iowa. This service typically involves meeting with a testing consultant for approximately one-half hour to decide which career-related tests would be most appropriate. A return visit is required to complete the assessment, then, a follow-up session to discuss the test results.

The UCS uses two popular career and personality tests to help people explore their career interests and personality traits related to careers. The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is one of the most widely used career tests available. It is used primarily as an aid in the exploration of occupational and academic interests. It does not examine abilities or skills. It takes about 45 to 60 minutes to complete. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality indicator that assesses four preferences for the way you interact with the world. This test can help you understand yourself as you interact and navigate in the world, including the world of work. The MBTI takes 30 to 40 minutes to complete. There are scoring and materials fees associated with each test. You may call the UCS at (319) 335-7294 to obtain current pricing and to schedule a testing consultation.

Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

The Strong Interest Inventory is one of the most widely used vocational psychological tests available today. It is used primarily as an aid in the exploration of occupational and academic interests. The SII does not examine your abilities and skills; it is an inventory of your interests. It can tell you something about the patterns of your interests and should be considered as an introduction to career exploration. The results may tell you, for example, that your interests are similar to those of engineers who are satisfied with their career choice. The results do not tell you, for example, whether you have an aptitude for the mathematics involved in this career. The SII will ask you to indicate your preference for a wide range of occupations, school subjects, activities, and types of people. It will take about 45-60 minutes to complete.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is another widely used psychological instrument that assesses four preferences/dimensions for the way you interact with the world. The MBTI helps people explore where they like to focus their attention, the way they like to take in information, the way they like to decide, and the kind of lifestyle they adopt. The MBTI can facilitate your understanding of yourself as you interact and navigate your interpersonal life. The MBTI can also offer you insights as to the types of careers and work environments that may fit your preferences. This inventory does not assess your abilities or capabilities; but can offer you a point of departure for your personal and career exploration. There are no right or wrong answers to the inventory and each of these preferences is not considered "better or worse" than the others. The MBTI will take 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

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