Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)

The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey created by David P. Campbell is a self-report instrument that measures work-related interest and skills to help guide an individual to a specific occupational area.  The scales of the CISS are based on the individual’s attraction to a career and their confidence in completing those activities.  Counselors, psychologists, and human resource professionals use this instrument for displaced and transitioning employees, career development, personal counseling and targeting academic study.

The format for the test includes 320-item (200 interest and 120 skill items) using the 6-point response scale.  25 minutes are necessary for completion and an age of 15 or older is recommended for participants.  The test can be taken online or with paper-and-pencil.


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Reliability and Validity

Investigated over a 90-day period, the median test-retest reliability coefficients for the Orientation, Basic, and Occupational Interest Scales were 0.87, 0.83, 0.87, respectively; however, the skills scales for the CISS are shorter, obtaining, lower coefficients of 0.81, 0.79, 0.79.  Campbell (1992) supported with evidence of construct validity for all CISS scales and concurrent validity for the Occupational Scales.

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Administration, Analysis and Reporting

Statistics Solutions consists of a team of professional methodologists and statisticians that can assist the student or professional researcher in administering the survey instrument, collecting the data, conducting the analyses and explaining the results.

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Boggs, K.R. (1999). Campbell Interest and Skill Survey: Review and critique. Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development, 32(3), 168-182.

Campbell, D.P. (1995). The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS): A product of ninety years of psychometric evolution. Journal of Career Assessment, 3(4), 391-410

Campbell, D.P. (2002) The history and development of the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey. Journal of Career Assessment, 10(2), 150-168.

Campbell, D.R. & Borgen, F. H. (1999).  Holland’s theory and the Development of Interest Inventories. Center for Creative Leadership, Iowa State University.

Hansen, J-I. & Neuman, J. (1999). Evidence of concurrent prediction of the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) for college major selection. Journal of Career Assessment, 7(3), 239-247.

Watkins, C.E., Campbell, V., & Manus, M. (1990). Is vocational assessment training in counseling psychology programs too restricted? Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 3(3), 295-298.

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