What is Elevations for College Students and Career Centers?

Elevations is an all-in-one assessment and career discovery roadmap for students seeking a college major or a career direction. It includes clarification of values, skills, career interests and personality preferences. Elevations also provides interactive exercises to guide the student through the research and action planning process.

How long does the Elevations assessment take?

About 15-30 minutes for just the assessment. It is followed by a self-guided research section and progress map that is accessible for a year.

Why is it important for the student to have an extended period of time to interact with Elevations?

Elevations provides a “developmental” platform for the students. Career decision- making is not a one- time event, it happens over time as the student grows and matures. We encourage students to reflect on their priorities, update their action plan and use Elevations as a road map that grows with them.

How much does an individual student assessment cost?

The student assessment price is $15 per enrolled student for a yearlong subscription that gives the student unlimited access and unlimited visits for a year.

Do you offer volume discounts? How about unlimited use site licenses?

No volume discounts, per se, but we do offer unlimited use site licenses for career centers. The annual fee will vary depending on the number of potential users.

Who is using Elevations?

You can take the assessment without any academic affiliation. Elevate Inc. is available to assist you.
However, Elevations is popular for both secondary and post-secondary institutional career/guidance counselors to facilitate the process.
Elevations is used by career and guidance counselors/teachers associated with public high schools, private high schools, magnet high schools, charter high schools and homeschooling parents, as well as career centers advising students in community colleges, technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities.
Elevations has also been integrated into first-year programs, student athlete advising programs, special needs programs and a variety of outreach programs on college campuses. Elevations is also in use at high schools and in private advising enterprises.

What other tools work well with Elevations?

Elevations is an excellent companion for standardized instruments or occupational data bases. But, if efficiency and accessibility are key goals, Elevations serves as a complete solution on its own.

Is Elevations a standardized assessment or a self-report form?

Elevations is a research-based self-report form that encourages self-responsibility by putting the student in charge. Students prioritize their values, skills and career interests by dragging and dropping them into columns. They build their profile. It is both kinesthetic and visual—and, it’s fun!

How does a self-report form support the career decision-making process?

In a world that is evolving at a staggering pace, students need a process that opens their minds, encourages them to take ownership of their future and teaches them how to explore. Elevations believes that the student is responsible for their future and holds the most knowledge about themselves, even with limited work and personal experiences.

How does Elevations differ from standardized instruments?

Unlike standardized instruments that can feel like a test to students, Elevations has no right or wrong answers. With Elevations, students are free to explore and be creative. Students often feel that standardized instruments are telling them what they should do or be. We don’t hear that complaint with Elevations, because the student is in charge.

What was the motivation to develop Elevations?

As a college career counselor with the University of Pacific, Helen Horyza felt that multiple instruments from different publishers and different theoretical platforms was confusing, expensive and time consuming. More importantly, it took time away from the “career conversation” that is so critical to uncovering real solutions for students.
Elevations was designed accordingly, and allows the student to truly identify with the process, and career counselors, guidance class instructors and workshop instructors to focus on the individual needs of the students, not on an array of uncorrelated assessments, forms and booklets.

What research process supports Elevations and what are the results?

Helen’s idea to integrate the results using the four temperaments and to include the entire assessment and research process in one instrument originated in the year 2000.
Instrument construction and item development occurred between 2000 and 2003.
Prototype versions of the instrument were distributed to career counselors in a variety of settings. A pilot group of professionals met to provide feedback and improvements. Items were selected based on their alignment with temperament and currency as it relates to the twenty-first century working world.