The Career Orientation Placement and Evaluation Survey (COPES; Knapp, Knapp-Lee, & Knapp, 2015) provides a measure of values to supplement programs in educational and industrial career counseling. This individualized, norm-referenced assessment was developed for use as part of the COPSystem, which evaluates interests, abilities, and values to facilitate career exploration. Work environment preferences in eight value areas (investigative vs. accepting, practical vs. carefree, independence vs. conformity, leadership vs. supportive, orderliness vs. flexibility, recognition vs. privacy, aesthetic vs. realistic, social vs. reserved) are assessed by paper and pencil. Resulting interest scores are related to the 14 COPSystem Career Clusters, giving examinees information about which occupational areas match their personal values.
Age: Grade 7 through adult
Time to Administer: 20 to 30 minutes; Self-scoring, 15–20 minutes
Method of Administration: IIndividualized norm-referenced measure of work values for use with students in middle school through adult; web-based or paper-and-pencil administration; available in multiple languages
Yields interest scores related to 14 Career Clusters; correlates occupational areas to personal values
Subscales: Indicates work environment preferences in eight value areas: investigative vs. accepting; practical vs. carefree; independence vs. conformity; leadership vs. supportive; orderliness vs. flexibility; recognition vs. privacy; aesthetic vs. realistic; social vs. reserved.
Reports personal value ratings within the context of occupational areas with matching values.
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