To complete the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test, an individual is presented with a series of pairs of self-descriptors, and for each pair, must choose the statement that best describes him and to what extent the statement describes him. The full test consists of 177 statement pairs.
Gallup. Inc. developed the original StrengthsFinder test to help people discover their talents. The test evaluates test takers for the presence of 34 different themes, or talents, with each statement pair linked to one or more themes. Theme examples include positivity, consistency and empathy.
The second version of the test, published in 2007, includes customized ?Strengths Insights,? which help the respondent understand how his top five themes affect his life. Once a person has completed the online assessment, he receives a comprehensive guide that includes a "top five theme report" based on the ?Strengths Insights;? a ?50 Ideas For Action? report with best-practice suggestions; a strengths discovery activity that helps the individual think about how his talents, experience and skills combine to build strengths; and a strengths-based action plan for setting specific goals around applying individual strengths.
Gallup offers the online StrengthsFinder test at GallupStrengthsCenter.com. Officially called the ?Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment,? as of April 2015, an individual has the option to purchase three versions of the test: Top 5 Strengths, Beyond Your Top 5 (6-34) or All 34 Strengths.