Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory test has one of the oldest and most trusted pedigrees among current interest inventories. The first iteration of the Strong Interest Inventory assessment was introduced in 1927. It has expanded and evolved over the last 80+ years with the last two major updates occurring in 1994 and more recently 2004. It has been formulated to work effectively across genders and ethnicities. It is the premier assessment for those looking to match their interests with potential educational, career, and leisure pursuits, using their preferences in a variety of areas to help them discover what they’d most enjoy doing in work and in life. Each career option and college major category has a set of interest themes associated with them. Your answers reveal patterns between your likes and dislikes, and offer additional insight when taken as a whole, providing a clear picture of the types of activities and subjects you prefer.

There are four categories in the Strong Interest Inventory Test.

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General Occupational Themes

These items deal with your general attitude toward broad fields of interest. The six themes include Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional categories.

Occupational Scales

The foundation of the Strong Interest Inventory, these relate specific occupations with the kinds of interests and qualities that people in each occupation relate to.

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Basic Interest Scales

These measure your interest in more specific subject areas and activities to clarify high and low scores on the General Occupational Theme Scales.

Personal Style Scales

These measure broader aspects of life and work, such as how you prefer to learn, how you best accomplish tasks at work, whether you prefer working alone or with other people, how you feel about taking a management role, and how you feel about taking risks.

Strong Interest Inventory Personal Style Riverbend Insights

A separate series of indexes allows us to understand more atypical profiles that may not correlate directly with the four scales noted above.

The information collected gives us a picture of your interests, and an indication of which career or college majors match these interests. Beyond your highest scores, you’ll see specific patterns which can still contribute to your ideal occupational path. Your profile provides insight into career paths, interests, risk-taking preferences, leadership styles, learning environments, work styles, and team orientation. (The College Edition Profile adds a section that lists typical college majors, recommended college courses, college preparation recommendations, and learning and studying tips.)