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Career Assessments for Counselors

The SkillScan Approach

SkillScan helps your clients and employees identify their transferable skills, the essential building blocks for every stage of career development from planning a first career, making a transition to self-marketing in the job search. SkillScan assessments are available online and in print form.

Ideal Client Populations

  • College-bound high school students
  • 2-year and 4-year college students
  • Graduate students
  • Adults in transition
  • Corporate employees
  • Individuals preparing for retirement

For Counselors - Innovative and engaging assessments to enhance your toolkit

  • Skill Language: Clients gain a descriptive skill vocabulary that connects to job descriptions and competency models
  • Versatile: Works in one-on-one counseling and with groups. Useful in each stage of the career development process from narrowing a focus to exploring careers that use their strengths to self-marketing
  • Integrated Self-Assessment: Provides a system for integrating skills with Holland-based interests, Jungian-based personality themes and SkillScan's Values assesment to deepen understanding of core preferences
  • Learning Center of Free Supplement Resources: Offers an extensive set of resources including reproducible assessment and integration exercises, links to useful websites to support exploration, development and the job search, case studies, guides of career options and development activities

For Clients - Boost self-esteem by helping clients:

  • Gain insight into their skills, strengths and high potential skills - the skills they enjoy and are motivated to develop
  • Transfer their skills to relevant tasks, roles, functions and careers
  • Identify the skills needing development to enhance career mobility
  • Acquire a descriptive language for leveraging their skills in resumes and interviews
  • Enhance their self-awareness and ability to make effective career choices

Validity and Reliability: SkillScan is an intuitive-based, holistic assessment process in which the user makes decisions about his or her skills based on unique life and work experiences, feedback and preferences. The resulting report has high face validity because the results reflect the user's selections.


NEW - Drive — Online Assessment

SkillScan's new comprehensive tool for skills identification.

SkillScan Express: Career Aptitude and Skills Test

SkillScan Express — Online Assessment

An accelerated and streamlined tool designed to work on mobile devices

SkillScan Advance Pack: Career Assessment

Advance Pack — Print Version

A counselor-directed hands-on skills identification tool

Download the SkillScan Online Comparison Chart


SkillScan Drive: Career Aptitude and Skills Test

NEW — Help clients drive their careers!

Give your clients a comprehensive and streamlined online transferable skills assessment. Within minutes, your clients gain critical insights on their unique strengths that help then with these important career development steps:

  • Explore careers that optimize their strengths
  • Develop key skills
  • Market their strengths in resumes and interviews

Counselors, Coaches and Organizations can purchase grantable uses that give report access to both the client and coach.

Sample Client Report: this user-friendly and personalized report includes the following features for your clients.

  • Personal Skill Chart – a detailed view of their strengths and preferences
  • Skill Set Portfolio – a portrait of specific strengths within their top 4 broad areas of strengths
  • Career Guides – suggested career and educational options that optimize their unique strengths
  • Skill Development – a useful report of the skills they are motivated to develop with suggested development ideas
  • Strategic Skill Portfolio – an at-a-glance view of their most marketable skills to enhance their ability to focus their exploration and market themselves
  • Next Steps – personalized career development strategies for specific client needs: Launchers, Transitioners, Advancers and Retirees

Reading Level: 9th grade reading level

Time to Complete: Allow 15 minutes

Technical Requirements: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge Browser

Request your free trial of Drive.

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SkillScan Express

SkillScan Express: Career Aptitude and Skills Test

SkillScan Express is an accelerated and streamlined online skills assessment that provides individuals with a concise profile of their transferable skills and preferences - knowledge essential to identifying satisfying work options, creating a career development plan and strategizing their next career move.

Sample Client Report: The full-color report features client strengths, skills targeted for development, top career matches with links to career information in O*Net. In addition, clients gain personalized strategies and supplemental resources for their career stage: launching a first career, making a transition, advancing, retiring and job seeking.

Reading Level: 9th grade reading level

Time to Complete Assessment: Allow 10 - 15 minutes - Express was designed to work on mobile devices

Technical Requirements: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge Browser

Request your free trial of Express.

Download the SkillScan Online Comparison Chart

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Advance Pack

SkillScan Advance Pack 2.0: Career Assessment

Advance Pack 2.0 is a counselor-directed card sort skills assessment for use with individuals and groups including college bound high school students, community college and 4-year students and adults with professional work experience. The hands-on nature of Advance Pack provides an engaging experience with lasting results for your clients. Advance Pack has been in use for over 25 years to help individuals identify their transferable skills for career planning, career change, professional growth and self-marketing. Advance Pack is written at a 9th grade reading level.

Advance Pack Systems includes:

  • Card Deck - 2.0 (2018) – the cards consist of 60 transferable skills that fall into six major skill categories. Each skill card is denoted by an icon and color to designate the category it belongs to. Each deck includes category cards to use in identifying proficiency level, preference level and skill development.
  • Advance Pack Assessment Report (2015) – an 11" by 17" form for organizing and recording results.
  • Advance Pack Facilitator’s User Guide on CD Rom – an extensive manual for effectively administering and applying results to client career needs in four main stages of career development: Assess, Explore, Develop and Promote. Over 90 pages of exercises and illustrations are reproducible for client and workshop use. The facilitator's guide also includes a Leadership Role Assessment for evaluating management and leadership paths.
  • Supplemental Training Product – Power Point Customizable Presentation (CD Rom) for administering Advance Pack in workshops.
  • SkillScan's Integrated Self-Assessment Approach - along with the Advance Pack toolkit, you will find numerous supplementary resources in the Learning Center/Resources to help clients discover their interests and values, and to integrate their preferences into a holistic picture of core themes to deepen self-understanding and apply to their job search.

Download the Advance Pack sample report, part 1

Download the Advance Pack sample report, part 2

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See what our users are saying...

Our students have benefitted from using the SkillScan materials in the past and we are looking forward to expanding the benefits by having it available online. During the workshops, I have often started the session (after introductions) by asking the students “to write down nine (9) skills that they have.” Invariably students can write down one or two or even perhaps as many as five until I see their pens halted. I assure them that if they had been able to think of nine skills they probably won’t be in this workshop.