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Career Decision Scale

Samuel H. Osipow, PhD

Measures career indecision in high school and college students
Paper and pencil
Age range:
14 years to 23 years
10-15 minutes to administer; 5 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The CDS provides an estimate of career indecision and its antecedents, as well as an outcome measure to determine the effects of relevant interventions.

The 4-page Test Booklet contains all items and ratings, as well as space for scoring and recording. Students indicate on a scale of 1 to 4 how closely each statement describes their own thinking process regarding their educational and occupational plans.The CDS is composed of 19 items. The Certainty scale (items 1 and 2) measures the degree of a certainty a student feels about his/her decision about a college major and/or a career. The Indecision scale (items 3-18) provides a measure of career indecision. Item 19 is open-ended, allowing the student to clarify or provide additional information about his or her career decision making.

The CDS manual provides normative data for high school and college students, as well as limited norms for adult college women and continuing education students.