Career and College Readiness Self-Efficacy Inventory (CCRSI)

Initially intended to assess the impact of a career planning program at a gifted and talented baccalaureate magnet high school in a Southeastern city, the College and Career Readiness Self-Efficacy Inventory (CCRSI) is a tool that measures an individual's belief in their ability to enter a career pathway and be successful in higher education settings. The CCRSI contains 14 statements that ask about one's confidence in performing behaviors that are important for college and career readiness, covering four main factors: College Knowledge, Positive Personal Characteristics, Academic Competence, and Potential to Achieve Future Goals. The scale uses a Likert scale ranging from “5: strongly agree” to “1: strongly disagree,” and the CCRSI’s overall score ranges from 14 (low) to 70 (high).

Year developed: 2012.


9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade

Administration Information

14 items

Access and Use



Use in Research

Allen, A. H., Jones, G. D., Baker, S. B., & Martinez, R. R. (2019). Effect of a curriculum unit to enhance career and college readiness self-efficacy of fourth-grade students. Professional School Counseling, 23(1). 

Leggett, C. A. (2019). Examining the Moderating Effects of Decision-making Self-efficacy Among Self-determination and College and Career Readiness Self-efficacy (Doctoral dissertation, Oklahoma State University). 

Martinez, R. R., Baker, S. B., & Young, T. (2017). Promoting career and college readiness, aspirations, and self‐efficacy: Curriculum field test. The Career Development Quarterly, 65(2), 173-188.  

Saunders, R., Foxx, S. P., Bolin, S. T., Prioleau, B., Dameron, M. L., Vazquez, M., & Perry, J. (2021). Examining Self-Efficacy and Preparedness to Succeed in Post-Secondary Education: A Survey of Recent High School Graduates. Journal of School Counseling, 19(18), 2-27. 

Williams, R. G., Baker, S. B., & Williams-DeVane, C. R. (2018). Effects of Customized Counseling Interventions on Career and College Readiness Self-Efficacy of Three Female Foster Care Youth. Professional Counselor, 8(2), 159-174.


Psychometric References

Baker, S. B., & Parikh Foxx, S. (2012). Career and College Readiness Self-efficacy Inventory. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University. 

Baker, S. B., Parikh Foxx, S., Akcan-Aydin, P., Gavin Williams, R., Ashraf, A. & Martinez, R. R. (2016). Understanding and enhancing career and college readiness. Unpublished manuscript

Baker, S. B., Parikh Foxx, S., Akcan-Aydin, P., Gavin Williams, R., Ashraf, A., & Martinez, R. R. (2017). Psychometric properties of the career and college readiness self-efficacy inventory. Ideas and Research You can Use: VISTAS Online, 1-13.

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