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Looking for more technical details about the Assessment? Go to About the Assessment > How It Works.

Time to Complete

2 minutes


Career Key Discovery (CKD) begins with a short, valid assessment based on Holland’s Theory of Career Choice that takes less than 10 minutes to complete. From it, discoverers learn about their strongest personality types and the kinds of careers and/or education programs where they are more likely to thrive and be satisfied.


  • Learn what the assessment measures
  • Learn about John Holland’s basic idea
  • See what discoverers learn about themselves from assessment results

What the Assessment Does

In less than 10 minutes, the Career Key assessment (CK) measures a discoverer’s resemblance to John Holland’s six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. Holland’s Theory is the most respected, researched and widely used career theory by professional career counselors.

Holland’s basic idea

Holland’s basic idea is that you are more likely to be successful and satisfied in a career or education program if your personality is like the personalities of the people working or studying in it.  People with the same personality type working and studying together create an “environment” that fits that type. For example, Artistic people working together create an Artistic environment that rewards creative thinking and behavior.

This match between a person’s strongest personality type and an environment is called “congruence.” Decades of research show a close, congruent match leads to many positive outcomes and career well-being: higher job and academic performance, greater satisfaction, and more persistence in a career or program of study.

Discoverers find their place in the worlds of work and education

CK is designed to help discoverers understand the relationship between themselves and these environments in the worlds of work and education. With insights from their assessment results, discoverers then choose a career or program environment through a matching process, finding one that best fits their unique talents and qualities. (See next step, Discover Options).

Assessment Results

After discoverers complete the assessment, CKD displays personalized results that identify and explain:

  1. Their strongest personality types and score pattern (see example below: two strong types),
  2. What the scores and score pattern mean,
  3. What program environments are most and least likely to lead to the discoverer’s success, and
  4. Detailed descriptions of their strongest personality types, with suggestions of other compatible types.

At a glance, discoverers know what their scores mean and where they are more likely to succeed. They can also dive in to read more information about Holland’s ideas, their scores, or move on to the next step.

These personalized assessment results show one of four common score patterns:

  • One Top Type (highest score in one personality type)
  • Two Top Types (highest scores in two types)
  • Three or More Top Types (high scores in three or more types, showing a variety of interests)
  • Inconsistent Types (high scores in two types found opposite on the Holland Hexagon, like Realistic and Social)

CKD displays different advice depending on which pattern the discoverer falls into. For more details, read About the Assessment > Advise Discoverers.

Prepared by their assessment results, discoverers are now ready for the next step, to discover and explore careers and programs of study that match their personality.

Next Step: Discover Options


About the Assessment > Understand Results

About the Assessment > Advise Discoverers