The Strong Interest Inventory

Not sure about a Major or Career?

The Strong Interest Inventory is the first step to discovering what might be in your future. The Strong Interest Inventory® is a self-assessment instrument used to help high school and college students discover their interests. No right or wrong answers - the purpose of the inventory is to guide students in selecting an area of study they will enjoy, which greatly increases the likelihood that they will stay in college and ultimately graduate.

The Strong Interest Inventory® contains 291 items that ask users about their preferences in regards to: occupations, subject areas, activities, leisure activities, people and characteristics. By giving students insight into their interests, preferences, and personal styles, the Strong assessment enables them to identify specific courses, jobs, internships, and activities they’re likely to enjoy: exactly the information they need to select classes or choose a career they can be passionate about.   Dr. John Holland and others provided a system of matching interests with one or more of six types: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. He then matched these types with occupations. The results of your interest inventory are compared against the results of this study to see where you fit in: for example, are your interests similar to those of a police officer or to those of an accountant?

Taken on a computer, the inventory provides students and parents a personalized college profile report during the interpretation session through which they can learn which majors, internships, campus activities, college courses and careers match their interests. The Strong is the most respected career planning inventory in the world!

Anytime is a good time for high school students to begin or work on their college admissions search and the Strong Interest Inventory®.is a wonderful resource to use in the college search process.

Barbara Samples is qualified to administer and interpret the Strong Interest Inventory®

Strong Interest Inventory Information (.pdf)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI®)

The MBTI Personality Assessment helps guide individuals on career choice and development.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality assessment has helped millions of people worldwide gain insights about themselves and how they interact with others—and has improved how they communicate, learn, and work. It provides a powerful framework for building better relationships, driving positive change, harnessing innovation, and achieving excellence. The MBTI assessment helps individuals identify their preferences in four areas, which combine to create 16 personality types.

The 16 types are typically referred to by an abbreviation of four letters—the initial letters of each of their four type preferences (intuition, uses the abbreviation N to distinguish it from introversion). 

Extraversion (E)  Sensing (S)   Thinking (T)  Judgment (J)

Introversion (I)  Intuition (N)   Feeling (F)  Perception (P)


Extraversion and introversion reflect a person’s attitudes. Extraverted types learn best by talking and interacting with others. By interacting with the physical world, extraverts can process and make sense of new information. Introverted types prefer quiet reflection and privacy. Information processing occurs for introverts as they explore ideas and concepts internally.


Sensing and intuition reflect what a person focuses his or her attentions on. Sensing types enjoy a learning environment in which the material is presented in a detailed and sequential manner. They prefer to look for details and facts. Intuitive types prefer a learning atmosphere in which an emphasis is placed on meaning and associations. Insight is valued higher than careful observation, and pattern recognition occurs naturally for Intuitive types. They may be more interested in future possibilities. 


Thinking and feeling reflect a person’s decision preferences. Thinking types desire objective truth, logical principles and are natural at deductive reasoning. They tend to measure decisions by what seems reasonable, logical, consistent, and matching a given set of rules. Feeling types place an emphasis on issues and causes that can be personalized while they consider other people's motives. They tend to come to decisions by empathizing with the situation, weighing the situation to achieve the greatest harmony, consensus and fit, considering the needs of the people involved.


Judging and perceiving reflect how a person regards complexity. Judging types will thrive when information is organized and structured, and they will be motivated to complete assignments in order to gain closure. Judging types tend to appear to the world as logical and like to "have matters settled". Perceiving types will flourish in a flexible learning environment in which they are stimulated by new and exciting ideas. Perceptive types prefer to "keep decisions open". Judging types like to be on time, while perceiving types may be late and/or procrastinate. 

Barbara Samples is qualified to administer and interpret the results of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) - the world’s most trusted personality assessment.


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