Career Assessments

Career assessment tools can help you learn more about your interests, strengths, values, aptitudes, and personality.

All assessments are available for UW-Madison undergraduate students to take free of charge as the Career Exploration Center covers any fees. Some assessments, however, do require you to meet with a CEC career advisor.

The CEC offers 2 types of career assessments:

Self-guided (Focus 2 and YouScience)

  • It is recommended you meet with a CEC career advisor to discuss your results

Professional, in-depth interpretation required (MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, and Strengths Quest)

  • It is required you meet with a CEC career advisor to discuss your results

Learn more about each assessment below.

Things to consider before taking an assessment:

  • It’s important to know why you want to take an assessment and what you hope to get out of it. CEC advisors can help you identify which assessment (if any) makes the most sense for you based on your unique goals.
  • No assessment will give you all the answers or tell you what you should do with your life! Figuring that out takes reflection, time, and experience.
  • Whether or not it is required, it is always best to meet with a career advisor after taking an assessment. CEC advisors can interpret your results and help you plan your next steps.

Looking to further explore your career and major options?

These assessments can provide a starting point for major and career exploration. To take your exploration further, we encourage you to:

With this online career resource, you can: 

  • Learn about the foundations of the career planning process 
  • Take Self Assessments related to work and leisure interests, personality, values, and skills to discover occupations that could be a good fit for you based on your unique attributes
  • Explore career options by major and Job Family
  • Create a road map of your academic and career development activities

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

We encourage you to discuss your results with one of our career advisors. Please schedule an appointment with us through Starfish.

MyersBriggs Type Indicator logo

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or 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. 

More information about the MBTI

If you are interested in learning more about, or taking, this assessment, please schedule an appointment with a CEC advisor.

Strong Interest Inventory logo

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.

More information about the Strong Interest Inventory

If you are interested in learning more about, or taking, this assessment, please schedule an appointment with a CEC advisor.

StrengthsQuest icon logo

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 individuals, and how those strengths can relate to career and academic paths.

More information about Strengths Quest

If you are interested in learning more about, or taking, this assessment, please schedule an appointment with a CEC advisor.

YouScience uses a series of engaging exercises, or ‘’brain games,” to measure nine natural abilities/aptitudes thought to be important to career choice. The results include a review of your strengths, suggested careers that fit your aptitudes and interests, and detailed information on over 500 careers.

A few notes on using YouScience:

  • The exercises must be completed on a laptop or desktop (NOT a mobile device or tablet)
  • Plan at least 60 minutes to complete the exercises; they do NOT need to be taken all at once
  • After you have completed the exercises, you should receive an email by the next morning confirming that your results are ready to view; if you haven’t received this email after 48 hours, AND your results do not show up when you log into your YouScience account, please send us an email at cec@ccas.wisc.edu

More information about YouScience

If you are interested in taking this FREE assessment, please fill out the form below. You will receive an email invitation from YouScience within two business days.

YouScience Assessment Request

We encourage you to discuss your results with one of our career advisors. To do so, please schedule an appointment with us through Starfish.