SA3 - Strong Interest Inventory

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The purpose of this Action Guide is to better understand your major- and career-related interests.


The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) can help you discover your interests and evaluate your options for selecting a college major or career field. The SII is based on the idea that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work in jobs or at tasks that match their interests. It identifies six interest areas: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC). Your results profile contains a lot of information to help you understand your interests. However, it is necessary to take some active steps in order to narrow your options for majors and careers. This Guide is for use after taking the Strong Interest Inventory. To take the Strong Interest Inventory, visit your college Career Services or schedule an appointment with a CAPE Coach.

*** Keep in Mind! ***

  1. The SII does not measure abilities or majors you 'must' follow.
  2. Also consider your values, skills, and academic performance.
  3. If you have few high scores, look at your highest interests overall and review all 30 of your Basic Interest Scales.
  4. If you have many high scores, identify the highest scales for each section and then prioritize.


Once you and your CAPE Coach have gone over your SII results, complete each of the tasks below to reflect on your results and narrow your options. Use the "Exploring Majors" section of the CAPE website to answer questions related to majors: (  If you are meeting with a CAPE Coach, be prepared to discuss the reflection questions.  If you would like type or draw out your responses, you may use DrawIsland, Word or the drawing tool of your choice; save the file and upload it below.

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SA3: Strong Interest Inventory Assessment