How are the College Style tags determined for the FMS survey?
The Find My Spark™ College Survey is based on the research of Claire Law, a Certified Educational Planner and author of Find the Perfect College for You. Students take this psychology-based survey to match their personality and learning style with a College Style. Many of the colleges in the GuidedPath database are tagged with a College Style based on Claire Law's research of school values and mission statements and also her vast personal experience and visits. Claire has also tagged the 100 most popular colleges in the GuidedPath database. A total of over 600 colleges have a College Style tag. The power of GuidedPath is that you can match your student's College Style with the list of tagged colleges that fit their needs.
How does Find My Spark Compare to Do What You Are? Can the two be used together?
Both instruments use the Myers Briggs model, with an outcome defined by the same personality type indicators, E/I, S/N, F/T, J/P.
The main difference between the two is Do What You Are is a full assessment; Find My Spark is a survey. Find My Spark is a shorter, less in depth personality assessment than Do What You Are. You can use Find My Spark to give students a starting point for self reflection and to help with identifying their college style. Using the Find My Spark and Do What You Are are not mutually exclusive.
The descriptions of the type indicators are based on the Myer Briggs model/theory, so students would actually have an enhanced experience with Do What You Are and the descriptions in Find My Spark. You could give students both surveys, or choose one or the other.
If a student already knows their Find My Spark results, they can enter those into the student profile without having to take the survey.