How does the SDS work?

The SDS 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. It is designed to help individuals choose careers and fields of study that best match their self-reported skills and interests.

The SDS asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, interests, and other self-estimates. It takes about 20 minutes to complete.

At the end of the test, an Interactive Report and a full Client Interpretive Report are generated. Reports include…

  • A three-letter Summary Code that represents the three personality types that best describe the individual’s work personality.
  • A list of occupations that correspond to the code, along with the levels of education they each require.
  • A list of the fields of study that correspond to the code.
  • A list of leisure activities that correspond to the code.
  • A description of each of the six RIASEC types.
  • Guidance on appropriate next steps, the meaning of the code, how to further use the code, and additional resources.

For professionals interested in administering the SDS to others or obtaining a Professional Interpretive Report, several time-saving options are available.

Ready to get started? Take the online test now by clicking “Take the SDS” in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.