Self Directed Search -
Career Self Assessment Test

Are you looking for the one of the best career tests? The Self Directed Search is one of the most respected and widely used career planning instrument in the world.

  • Millions of people (universities, colleges, counselors, coaches, teachers, parents, adults, and students) have used this career test to decide careers and college majors.
  • There are different versions of the career test.
  • The most popular version is Form R.

Watch a video about the Self Directed Search!

Form R is used by people who are planning to attend college or university, are currently in college or university, or have attended college or university. Form R comes in printed and online formats -

Are you looking for different versions of the Self Directed Search versions? Different versions of the career test are -

  • Form E - Easy to Read for adults and high school students
  • Form Career Explorer (CE) - Middle school students
  • Bulk Orders

SDS Assessment & Finder Form R


The Self-Directed Search Assessment is easy to use - Complete the career assessment in 30 minutes.

The NEW fifth edition of the SDS is designed to help clients learn about themselves and their career options. Whether they are college students choosing a major, veterans entering the civilian job market, or adults pursuing a career change, clients can use the SDS to learn more about occupations that match their interests, abilities, and personalities.

Like its predecessors, the SDS 5th Edition is based on John Holland’s theory that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These personality types are known collectively as the Holland RIASEC model.

The SDS asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, and level of interest in different occupations. From the responses, the SDS generates a three-letter Summary Code, which can be used to help the individual find his or her educational and occupational matches.

This easy-to-use, comprehensive career exploration tool asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations, and other self-estimates. The resulting three-letter Summary Code, which designates the three personality types an individual most closely resembles, can then be used to help the individual find his or her occupational match.

Features and benefits

  • Applies to all stages of life. The components of the SDS 5th Edition can be used together for educational planning and career development, as well as leisure and retirement planning.
  • Includes brand-new normative data. Normative data were derived from a nationally representative sample of 1,739 students and adults.
  • Is well studied and psychometrically sound. The SDS is one of the most thoroughly studied career assessment tools: the SDS results has been used in more than 1,500 studies.
  • Sets the standard for career assessment. Used by more than 35 million people worldwide, the SDS was originally written by John Holland, the creator of the popular RIASEC theory of vocational personality.
  • Uses a continually updated occupations resource. SDS Summary Codes are linked to occupations found in the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database, a major occupational site used by consumers and professionals.
  • The New! The Occupations Finder-Revised Edition has a list of 1,309 occupations matched to Holland Codes.

You and Your Career booklet explains Holland’s RIASEC model in more detail.

The booklet –

  • Provides strategies for making career decisions and resources for further career exploration
  • Discusses the scientific ideas supporting the inventories
  • Explains how to use the scores, codes, and personality characteristics associated with codes
  • Gives suggestions for successful career planning

Regular Price $25, Sale Price: $20.00/ Form R Assessment & New Revised, and Updated Finder  PRINTED Version with Guidebook

New Improved Self Directed Search Form R INTERNET OR Mobile Version

For adults and college students

Your report includes:

  • A personalized Summary Code, which is based on the results of the assessment.
  • A description of each of the six RIASEC types.   
  • A personalized list of occupations and fields of study associated with the user’s Summary Code, which can be further customized.   
  • An additional personalized list of occupations based on the user’s daydream occupations.   
  • An overview of salary data associated with favorite occupations.   
  • A list of additional careers organized by career cluster, which can be used for an even deeper self-directed search.   
  • Links to resources to assist users with educational and career planning.

With each purchase, the user receives by e-mail an identification number and password to generate a confidential, eight-to-twelve page interpretive report including information about occupations matched to Holland Codes.

Why the new SDS 5th Edition?

Here are the features for the New SDS 5th Edition -

  • O*NET database integration—SDS results are linked to thousands of current occupations.
  • A redesigned report provides an “at-a-glance” summary of occupations, aspirations, leisure activities, and more.
  • Users can share their SDS results on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  • Device friendly, the SDS now works on your mobile device or tablet!

Option 1:  Form R INTERNET OR MOBILE  Version with Guidebook

Regular Price $25, Sale Price: $20.00

The Motivational and Inspirational Career Guidebook is a step-by-step tool to explore 3 steps in the career planning process.

Please Note: Customer will receive User ID number and assigned password by the NEXT BUSINESS DAY.

Option 2:  Form R INTERNET OR MOBILE  Version with Resource Center

Regular Price $25, Sale Price: $15.00 

The Career and Social Media Resource Center provides information about career, college major, job search, and social media resources. 

Please Note: Customer will receive User ID number and assigned password by the NEXT BUSINESS DAY.

Option 3:  Form R INTERNET OR MOBILE  Version Access Code

Regular Price $15, Sale Price: $12.00 

Please Note: Customer will receive User ID number and assigned password by the NEXT BUSINESS DAY.

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