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Self-Directed Search®, 5th Edition

John L. Holland, PhD, and Melissa A. Messer, MHS

Assesses career interests
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
11 years to 70 years
25-35 minutes to administer; 10 minutes to score
Qualification level:
No special qualifications are required, although the range of products eligible for purchase is limited. Close

The fifth edition of the SDS is designed to help clients learn about themselves and their career options. In 2017, the SDS Form R, 5th Edition was renamed the StandardSDS and given a new look and feel. The Occupations Finder (OF) and Educational Opportunities Finder (EOF) were updated, and workbooks were revised. However, no items were changed or added, so the two versions can be used equally and interchangeably.

A revised online version of the SDS is also available. Users receive one of three types of interactive, customized reports (StandardSDS, StudentSDS, or VeteranSDS) based on their demographic information and job history. Visit the SDS Web site for more information.

The following SDS Form R, 5th Edition, formats and materials are still available:

  • PARiConnect
  • Spanish
  • Veterans and Military Occupations Finder (see "Pricing")

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