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Career Orientation Placement and Evaluation Survey (COPES)

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.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Career Orientation Placement and Evaluation Survey (COPES) Knapp, Knapp-Lee, & Knapp (2015) 11-Adult

Individualized norm-referenced measure of work values for use with students in middle school through adult; web-based or paper-and-pencil administration. Spanish version available.

Yields interest scores related to 14 Career Clusters; correlates occupational areas to personal values
20 to 30 min. Self-scoring, 15–20 min. Web-based version with instant results

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.

Availability: EdITS (Educational and Industrial Testing Service),

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