ACT's Interest Inventory (UNIACT)

One of the most difficult tasks faced by adolescents, and by adults considering a career change, is to find occupations appropriate to their goals and personal characteristics.

The ACT Interest Inventory provides a focus to career exploration, not by singling out the one "right" occupation, but rather by pointing to world-of-work regions individuals may wish to explore. Through exploration, people may find occupations they might otherwise have missed.

What Makes the UNIACT Different?

UNIACT's items emphasize work-relevant activities (e.g., fix a toy, conduct a meeting) that are familiar to people, either by participation or observation. Contrary to most other interest inventories, UNIACT does not use occupational titles or specific job duties that may be unfamiliar to persons in the early stages of career exploration/planning.

Items have been carefully chosen to assess basic interests while minimizing the effects of sex-role connotations. UNIACT reports six scores that parallel John Holland's six interest and occupational types and its results are visually linked to career options via the World-of-Work Map. The UNIACT Technical Manual contains several chapters describing more than 20 years of research supporting the reliability and validity of UNIACT.