University of Wisconsin–Madison

Career Assessments

Career assessment tools (also called “career tests”) can help you learn more about your interests, skills, values, and personality traits. However, no assessment will tell you what you should do with your life! Figuring that out takes introspection, time, and experience.

The CEC offers two types of career assessments:

  • Self-guided and free (login information below)
  • Fee-required with a professional, in-depth interpretation session included

If you’re interested in taking an assessment, please make an appointment with a CEC career advisor. Together we will help you determine which assessment will be most helpful for you.

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Free access through your MyUW portal!

This online career planning system offers a variety of assessments for interests, skills, and work values, as well as occupational information, budgeting help, and job search information (with a Wisconsin focus).

An online career resource that helps students explore their academic strengths, interests, skills, values, leisure time preferences, and personality type, as well as a wide variety of occupations.

To use FOCUS 2:

First-time users: Create a new account. Use this access code: uwm
Returning users: Log on using the account you have already created.

MyersBriggs Type Indicator logo

The MBTI provides a description of a person’s personality type through their preferences for how they relate to others, gather information, make decisions, and organize their time. This information can then be related to career interests.

If you are interested in learning more about or in taking this assessment, please schedule an appointment with a CEC advisor today. There is a fee associated with the MBTI assessment.

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The Strong Interest Inventory helps students identify their interests and explore careers related to them. It also provides information about potential skills, values, and preferences related to work style, learning, leadership, risk-taking, and teamwork.

If you are interested in learning more about or taking this assessment, please schedule an appointment with a CEC advisor today! There is a fee associated with the Strong assessment.

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StrengthsQuest helps students think about developing strengths by building on their greatest talents – the way in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individual, and how those strengths can relate to career and academic paths.

If you are interested in learning more about or taking this assessment, please schedule an appointment with a CEC advisor today! There is a fee associated with the StrengthsQuest assessment.