What Are Some Well-Known Career Tests?


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Three of the most well-known career assessment tests are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Keirsey Temperament Sorter and Strong Interest Inventory. Other well-known career tests include The Career Key, the Work Preference Inventory and CareerPath.com Career Quiz, which is especially helpful to those seeking to change careers. Among the top-10 best career tests are Your Life's Path, Discover Your Personality and My Career Profile.

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The Myers-Briggs test evaluates personality and psychological characteristics to provide insight as to career interests and potential educational and professional paths. The Strong Interest Inventory includes 291 questions that measure professional and personal interests and includes versions appropriate for high school and college students, working professionals, business owners, and those in career transition. Reviewers note that Your Life's Path includes both the Myers-Briggs and Strong tests and includes a follow-up phone consultation that provides career insight by integrating the results of these two career assessment tools.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is similar to Myers-Briggs, but looks at different characteristics, focusing on four different temperaments and, within these temperaments, analyzing eight role types and numerous role type variants, and how working conditions impact job satisfaction and productivity. The Holland Code personality theory provides the basis for the My Career Profile test, which includes five sections: interests, values, skills, personality and an analysis section that includes a list of potential career paths.

When selecting a career test, make sure that a final report, including career recommendations and job descriptions, is part of the package. Online testing sites need to provide easy-to-follow instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, sample reports, links to other career-planning resources and contact information.

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