Three Ways to Assess Yourself

Updated: May 10, 2019

Before you begin to search for a college, it's a good idea to explore your interests, strengths, and personality traits. A common way to begin this exploration is to take an assessment.

An interest assessment is designed to help you determine what subjects you are naturally drawn to. Are you intrigued by Greek mythology or fascinated by how businesses make money? An interest assessment like VitaNavis is a good place to start. This offers a free superstrong assessment that you can take via your computer to help you explore your career options.

A strengths assessment is designed to provide you with information about the talents that you possess. It allows you to more fully understand what you are good at. The two most popular strengths assessments are CliftonStrengths and the Via Survey. My wife Kathryn is a Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, so you can probably guess which one I recommend.

A personality assessment provides you feedback on what personal characteristics you naturally exhibit. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most popular personality assessment in the United States. It explores such issues as whether you tend to be more of an introvert or an extrovert, and whether you are likely to make decisions by examining data or by listening to a story provided by others. Interestingly, I was required to take this assessment when I was a student at Western Seminary in 1996, so it has stayed popular for quite a while.

Takes some time now to explore one of these assessments and tell me what you learned about yourself.

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