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the career selection and purpose inventory (CSPI)

The CSPI is to help you discover your personality style, interests, talents and abilities, and then match them with what you already know – your academic performance, opportunities you were given to do specific things, and the views of other people – to complete the process of selecting your career and finding your purpose.

The CSPI proposes that your personality, interests, talents and abilities, and academic performance reflect a tendency toward two Career Categories, from which your careers can be selected. This inventory further proposes the concept that God orchestrates the opportunities you are given with the circumstances of life in a specific direction, and speaks through the views of other people, all in harmony with the other areas of the test.

The CSPI is divided into two sections. Section I is to assist you in selecting a career. It has five (5) question categories:

  • Personality
  • Interests
  • Talents and Abilities
  • Academic Performance
  • Opportunities and Views of Others

The CSPI has eight (8) groups which represent Career Clusters in:

  • Business
  • Secretarial
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Language and The Arts
  • Industrial Arts
  • Home Economics
  • Beauty Culture 

The intent of Section II is to help you find your purpose after you have discovered your personality, interests, talents and abilities, analyzed your academic performance, and selected your careers. It accomplishes the task by guiding you through the recognition of your passion and desire, and the formulation of your statement of purpose.

At the end of the CSPI is a Career Index which would assist you in identifying your career path (from your Career Category). It will help you recognize the kind of careers that fall in each of the six Career Categories. The goal is for you to be able to place other career options in the relevant categories as you make an educated career choice.


Test Participants fall into TWO categories:

#1 – Persons who have no job experience. These include students in Grades 10-12 or Forms 3-6, and some in college. 

  • This test should be repeated every year for the next two or three years.

#2 – Persons who have experience in the world of work, whether voluntary or paid. Here, students who did part-time jobs are included.



  • Answer each question with a Yes or No response. Note that a statement has to be completely true to be given a Yes response.
  • From the automatic scores at the end of Section I, note your two highest scores.
  • The CSPI results will suggest areas for personal development, and determine the training and education needed for your career choice.
  • Complete Section II from the information discovered in Section I.


Time of Test Completion

The estimated time for completion of this inventory is thirty to sixty (20-30) minutes.


An Important Note

If you have any difficulty in selecting your career, interpreting your scores, or finding your purpose, see your Career Counselor.



Complete the CSPI to help you make important career decisions