About the Assessment

Author: John J. Liptak, EdD, and Laurence Shakin, PhD
© 2011

The Transferable Skills Scale (TSS) is a brief assessment designed to identify an individual's strongest transferable skills.

Based on the data, people, things, and ideas model used extensively by career counselors and the U.S. Department of Labor, the TSS asks individuals to rate their skill levels on 96 tasks. The resulting score helps define their skill levels in eight skill categories:

  • Analytical
  • Numerical
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Physical
  • Informational
  • Communicative
  • Creative
Transferable Skills Scale

Key Features and Benefits

  • Links skill sets to O*NET job titles.
  • Provides an occupational exploration worksheet to help individuals further research the jobs that match their transferable skills.
  • Can be given to groups or individuals.
  • Available in print or online.
  • Includes a free Administrator's Guide.


In a survey of 1,107 individuals who completed this assessment online:

  • 83% felt more informed about the transferable skills they possessed.
  • 83% said they felt more informed about which occupations may help them make the most of their transferable skills.
  • 91% said the assessment was easy to complete.
Transferable Assessment

Administer the Assessment in Print or Online

Select the format that works best for your clients' or students' needs. The print version is ideal for in-person meetings and workshops and can be a helpful reference tool during one-on-one discussions.

The online version offers automated scoring and allows individuals to complete the assessment at home at their convenience. Results are immediately saved and provided to administrators. This option is ideal for serving or advising individuals who are unable to meet face-to-face.

Transferable Gateway

Request a Sample or Quote

Interested in using this assessment in your program or curriculum? Contact your JIST account manager for more information.