Independent Educational Consultants Association, National Conference, Indianapolis, May, 2014
USING SURVEYS IN COLLEGE CONSULTING
Steve Antonoff and Cyndy McDonald
Instrument Link Description
Provides a number of resources used to analyze
qualities such as engagement to life satisfaction. Tools
are useful for determining strength of certain character
traits and measuring positive and negative influences.
These free resources come with the set-up of an
http://www.birkman.com/ Identifies a person’s passions, motivation and interests.
Free surveys including Interest Profiler, Career Cluster
Survey, Basic Skills Survey, Transferable Skills Checklist,
Work Values Sorter, and The Career Key.
Features 80 items designed to assess self-awareness
and as a precursor to selecting good match colleges.
These surveys, Study Habits and Character Strength, get
students to think about their study habits and character
#6 Find My
www.guidedpath.net Just as students have a personality, colleges have a
‘style.’ Find My Spark identifies a student’s personality
and the appropriate college style for them. It is available
only through guidedpath.net.
A number of surveys intended to determine "a child’s
A free test based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs
Myers’ typology, along with strengths of preference and
description of personality type.
http://www.careertrainer.com There are three card decks available: Career Values,
Motivated Skills, and Occupational Interests.
Accompanied by a printed PDF supplement, consultants
can discuss patterns with students.
#10 LASSI quiz http://www.hhpublishing.com/_as
The Learning and Study Strategies Insight (LASSI) test
evaluates skill, will, and self-regulation in strategic
learning. $21 per test.
Provides an indication of learning style and cognitive
preference. Uses the four Jungian dimensions
(introversion/ extroversion, intuition/sensation,
thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving) that are also
used by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The
instrument can be self-scored and works with ages 9-
adult. Several pricing options.
$45 per unit.
A simple survey, using the Holland code, gives students
insights into their potential for careers based on
personality preferences and interests.
38 question test that determines if a student belongs
more strongly to any number of 9 personality types
such as helper, artist, skeptic, and leader.
http://www.search-institute.org/ The search institute identifies qualities and assets as the
building blocks of healthy development. The main
categories are Support, Empowerment, Boundaries and
Expectations, Constructive Use of Time, Commitment to
Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies and
#16 True Colors https://truecolorsintl.com/assess
Each of us has a combination of ‘True Colors’ (orange,
green, blue and gold) that make up our personality
spectrum, usually with one of the styles being the most
dominant. $34.50 per test.
#17 ACT Profile http://act.org/profile/ Personalized insights to inform individuals as they
navigate through life’s key decision points. Now in Beta.
#18 CA Career
Provides 4 assessments: a quick assessment to measure
careers to match personality, an interests profiler that
relates interests to work, a skills profiler that shows
careers that pertain to skillset, and a work importance
quiz that measures the relative importance of different
factors and qualities of work.
#19 Do What
Do What You Are introduces Personality Type and
demonstrates which of the 16 types best describes a
student. $19.95 per test.
#20 Focus 2
Combines self-assessment, career and major
exploration, decision making and action planning to
determine what majors should be selected for a career
http://www.highlandsco.com The Highlands Ability Battery is used for personal
assessment and career investigation. Offered online and
through ‘affiliates’ internationally.
#22 iSeek Career
Matches student’s activities and interests, personal
qualities and school subject interests with career
clusters and options.
#23 iStart Strong https://www.cpp.com/en/strongp
The iStartStrong Report presents results as General
Themes (based on GOTs) such as ‘Social’ ‘Artistic’ or
‘Enterprising.’ $9.95 per test.
http://www.jvis.com A 40 minute survey and a Career Exploration Guide.
Scales include occupational, academic satisfaction, and
similarity to college students. $19.95 per test.
Established company providing in-person assessment at
testing centers. $675.
#25 Latitude http://www.youscience.com/get-
Latitude is a new tool that uses a proprietary process to
match careers with a student’s aptitudes and interests.
$250 for one, and $199 for each additional.
#26 ONET Online http://www.onetonline.org/search
Students self report abilities, interests, knowledge, skills,
work activities, work context and work values and are
provided with a list of careers and information pertinent
to their selected category.
The online resource, along with a book, helps the user
to identify top five strengths in relation to themes
(examples are self assurance and responsibility) and
gives tips on how to best utilize them. A Strength-Based
Action Plan is provided for setting specific goals for
building and applying your strengths in the next week,
month, and year.
A fun, easy to use scenario that suggests a general
OTHER IEC TOOLS
College choice cards allow a student to visualize the
characteristics of schools they find desirable and
organize their choices with these cards. Students put
qualities of schools into the “Really Want,” ”Don’t Care,”
or “No Way” categories. $30 per set.
Intended to help students discover those qualities or
characteristics that make a particular college a good fit
or match. Students are guided through a series of
questions that will enable them to answer the question:
What am I looking for in a college? Available at
Browse majors and careers or search using careers.
Lets the user visualize what people who majored in each
specific major went on to work in which fields. This is a
great visualization tool.