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Vocational Preference Inventory

John L. Holland, PhD

Assesses career interests
Paper and pencil
Age range:
14 years to 65 years
15-30 minutes
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 VPI is a psychological personality-interest inventory composed entirely of occupational titles. Although not as comprehensive as the SDS®, the VPI assesses five dimensions that are not covered by the SDS.

  • Yields a broad range of information about interests, interpersonal relationships, values, self-conceptions, coping behaviors, and identifications.
  • Parallels other Holland instruments that match user interests to occupations and is compatible with the SDS Form R Occupations Finder, the Leisure Activities Finder, and the Dictionary of Holland Occupational Codes.
  • All-in-one test booklet/answer sheet contains inventory items, a self-scoring carbonless answer sheet, and male and female profile forms.
  • In approximately 1 minute, you can hand-score all 11 VPI scales: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional, Self-Control, Status, Masculinity/Femininity, Infrequency, and Acquiescence.
  • Comprehensive data support the construct validity of the VPI scales, which have an average internal consistency of .88. The VPI has been normed on a variety of populations.