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Holland Type Interest Quiz

In order to make the most beneficial decision when choosing
your major, it will help to know what type of work you will
enjoy doing. Dr. John L. Holland developed a popular format
for determining interests, which we have used here. Holland's
code is comprised of six personality types:




Check all that apply to you.

  1. like outdoor activities 25. like animals & plants
  2. like problem-solving 26. like designing things
  3. like working with others 27. like observing other cultures
  4. like music, reading & drama 28. like community-service functions
  5. like politics 29. like competitive activities
  6. like organizing data & things 30. like serving as treasurer
  7. like sports activities 31. like building things
  8. like exploring & observing 32. like science fiction & mysteries
  9. like influential roles 33. like unstructured events
10. like helping others 34. like social activities
11. like economics 35. like negotiating
12. like collecting things 36. like concrete tasks
13. like hands-on tasks 37. prefer showing over telling
14. like reading & investigating 38. prefer setting own pace
15. like art, music, & drama 39. prefer trust & honesty
16. like religious gatherings 40. prefer social interaction
17. like leadership roles 41. prefer power & control
18. like keeping records & files 42. prefer accuracy & order
19. like working with tools & machines 43. prefer practical things
20. like using instruments 44. prefer thinking over doing
21. like language & literature 45. prefer diversity
22. like educational activities 46. prefer working on teams
23. like challenges 47. prefer success
24. like math & accounting 48. prefer routine tasks

Now using the following chart, circle those numbers that you chose
above reflecting the items that most closely resembled how you
view yourself. Once you have finished, count the numbers circled
on each line, counting across.

______ R = Realistic 1 7 13 19 25 31 37 43
______ I = Investigative 2 8 14 20 26 32 38 44
______ A = Artistic 3 9 15 21 27 33 39 45
______ S = Social 4 10 16 22 28 34 40 46
______ E = Enterprising 5 11 17 23 29 35 41 47
______ C = Conventional 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48

In which categories did you score highest? Using the following
form write the corresponding letter for your three highest
categories on the lines in the order of highest, second highest
and third highest. This will be your "sample" Holland Code.
(For example, if you scored highest in Realistic, second highest
in Social, and third highest in Conventional, your "sample"
Holland Code is RSC.) You want to focus your major exploration
efforts in these three areas in their respective order from highest
to third highest.

I scored highest in _________, second highest in __________,

and third highest in __________.

My "sample" Holland Code is ____________.

Refer to the following links to see explanations of each Holland
Code category.  Remember to view each of the top three that
fit you in order to better understand your "sample" Holland Code.

For example, your code is SIE, you would most resemble the Social
type, somewhat resemble the Investigative type, and resemble the Enterprising type even less. Those types that are not reflected in
your code, you resemble least of all.

Most people and most jobs are some combination of two or three
of the Holland interest areas. Refer to each area in the order they
are reflected in your Holland Code. Be sure to refer to the
corresponding link to occupations in each area, also.


This RIASEC model of occupations is the copyrighted work of Dr. John L. Holland,
and his publisher, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. (PAR). For an
assessment of your career interests, contact the Career Center to complete a
Self-Directed Search, or take the Self-Directed Search (SDS) online.

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