Common Questions

  • How long does it take to complete ?
  • The Vocacional Online takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.


  • Is my personal information secure?
  • Absolutely. We will not sell or rent your personal information (e.g., e-mail address) to anyone


  • Are my results confidential?
  • Yes, all results are completely confidential. You can enter whatever name, nickname, initials, or personal identifier you choose on the demographic data screen prior to the assessment. The personal identifier you provide will appear on your report.


  • How secure is my credit card information?
  • All credit card information is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for the highest browser security available. After your credit card purchase has been approved, you will be connected to the report generation section of the Vocacional Online site. This section does not require a secure connection because your credit card information will have already been processed. If your screen displays a message letting you know that you are entering a non-secure site, simply click on “Yes” to proceed.


  • What do I do if I experience any technical problem with the site?
  • In the unlikely event that you have any technical problems with this site, please e-mail our Technical Support Department for assistance.


  • What type of information is provided in the Vocacional Online report?
  • •   A three-letter Summary Code that represents the three personality types that best describe the individual’s work personality.
    •   A list of occupations that correspond to the code.
    •   A list of the fields of study that correspond to the code.
    •   A brief description about your personality.

General Vocacional Online information


•   What ages can the Vocacional Online be used with?

The Vocacional Online is suitable for individuals 11 years and older.


•   What is the reading level of the items?

Individuals with a middle school or high school education level should have little or no difficulty completing the Vocacional Online. It is written at a seventh-grade reading level.


•   What is RIASEC?

RIASEC is an acronym that stands for Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional—the six types of personalities and occupations that the Vocacional Online classifies examinees into. When an individual takes the Vocacional Online, he or she receives a three-letter Summary Code that represents the three types he or she typifies best


•   Is it possible to get a code that doesn’t correspond with any job options?

People with rare or uncommon codes may display combinations of traits and personality characteristics that are not typically associated with one another. Such combinations of interests and traits may require compromises in interests, activities, and goals as a part of educational and career planning. These individuals may also choose to focus on one high point code in their paid employment while using other life activities to express their other code(s). For example, a person with a CS code might pursue a career in accounting, but express his or her social side by singing in a community chorus.

Several strategies can help with the interpretation of rare codes. First, the user should look at occupations using only one or two letters of the code. Second, consider the third letter if its scores. Finally, the user should examine options using the code of their first aspiration or the Aspirations Summary Code.


•   Is it possible to get a code that doesn’t correspond with any job options?

People with rare or uncommon codes may display combinations of traits and personality characteristics that are not typically associated with one another. Such combinations of interests and traits may require compromises in interests, activities, and goals as a part of educational and career planning. These individuals may also choose to focus on one high point code in their paid employment while using other life activities to express their other code(s). For example, a person with a CS code might pursue a career in accounting, but express his or her social side by singing in a community chorus.

Several strategies can help with the interpretation of rare codes. First, the user should look at occupations using only one or two letters of the code. Second, consider the third letter if its scores. Finally, the user should examine options using the code of their first aspiration or the Aspirations Summary Code.


•   What if there’s a tie between two of my letters?

If scores for two or more codes are tied, comparisons are made of those code scores in the Occupations section; or Continued tied scores are resolved in terms of the RIASEC order (e.g., R has precedence over I).


•   How reliable and valid are the Summary Codes? What type of standardization sample was used?

The Vocacional Online standardization sample consisted of 1,739 individuals ranging in age from 11 to 70 years. The sample was well-matched to U.S. population parameters for gender, race/ethnicity, education, and geographic region.

The reliability of the Vocacional Online was established by examining its internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and inter-scorer agreement. Internal consistency coefficients for the Activities, Competencies, and Occupations scales range from .71 to .93, and the summary scale coefficients range from .88 to .93. Test-retest reliability coefficients range from .78 to .98 for a 2- to 4-week interval sample (n = 25) and from .87 to .96 for a 2- to 4-month interval sample (n = 24).

The validity of the Vocacional Online was established by measuring its face validity, the intercorrelations between scales, the equivalence of prior editions, the equivalence between print and online versions, its convergent validity with other career interest measures, and its predictive validity.


•   When was the Vocacional Online developed?

The Vocacional Online uses the same base from Self Direct Search that was originally published in 1970 by John Holland, but has undergone four revisions since, the most recent in 2013.