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The new StudentSDS helps students in middle school, junior high, and high school explore career and educational interests.

Student Self-Directed Search® (SDS®)
John L. Holland, PhD, and Melissa A. Messer, MHS
Purpose:Helps students explore interests for future educational and career planning
Age range:11 to 18 years
Admin:Individual or group
Admin time:25-35 minutes
Scoring time:10 minutes
Qualification level:A
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The StudentSDS is a career assessment and exploration tool designed and tailored specifically to middle school, junior high, and high school students.

A revision of the SDS Career Explorer (CE), the Student SDS is based on John Holland's theory, known as RIASEC theory, that both people and working environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.

The theory is based on the idea that if your personality type matches your work environment type, you are more likely to find job fulfilment and career satisfaction.The new StudentSDS helps students learn about programs of study and careers that best match their personalities.

Features and benefits

  • Captures students' personalities, skills, and interests.
  • Guides students as they search occupations and programs of study that might best suit them and lead to job satisfaction.
  • Includes a Professional Manual With Teacher's Guide to assist practitioners with administration, scoring, and interpretation.
  • Aligns with the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) Quality Indicators of self-awareness, career awareness, postsecondary aspirations, postsecondary options, environmental expectations, academic planning, employability skills, and financial literacy.

Test structure

  • Includes an assessment booklet that asks students about their occupational daydreams, aspirations, activities, competencies, interest in a variety of occupations, and self-estimates and calculates a customized two-letter Summary Code based on the student's responses.
  • Features a Career Finder for students to explore occupations based on their Summary Code and an Educational Opportunities Finder for students to explore programs of study based on their Summary Code.
  • Includes a You and Your Future Workbook, which uses bold graphics and imagery designed to engage students in the career-discovery process.
  • Written at a seventh grade reading level.
  • Online administration and scoring and a new interactive digital report (see sample report, above) are available via the Self-Directed Search Web site.

Technical information

  • The StudentSDS uses a subset of data from the SDS Form R, 5th Edition (2013). It was standardized on 318 students ages 11 to 17 years.
  • Coefficients for the Activities, Competencies, and Occupations scales range from .71 to .92, and summary scale coefficients range from .88 to .93.
  • Test-retest reliability ranged from .82 to .96 on the overall sample, indicating that summary scale scores have substantial ability over time.

Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-11261-KTStudentSDS Kit
includes the StudentSDS Professional Manual With Teacher's Guide, 25 each of the StudentSDS Assessment Booklet, Career Finder, and You and Your Future Workbook and an SDS Educational Opportunities Finder
Manuals, Books, and Equipment
Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-11263-TMStudentSDS Professional Manual With Teacher's Guide$69.00
WW-11279-EMStudentSDS E-manual
e-Manuals are not returnable. Please see our FAQ before ordering e-Manuals.
Forms and Booklets
Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-11260-ABSDS Educational Opportunities Finder (pkg/25)$69.00
WW-11262-STStudentSDS Replacement Kit
includes 25 StudentSDS Assessment Booklets, 25 Career Finders, and 25 You and Your Future Workbooks
WW-11264-ABStudentSDS Assessment Booklet (pkg/25)$59.00
WW-11265-ABStudentSDS Career Finder (pkg/25)$79.00
WW-11266-IAStudentSDS You and Your Future Workbook (pkg/25)$49.00
Related Products
Standard Self-Directed Search® (SDS®)
Self-Directed Search® (SDS®), 5th Edition

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