Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions you might have about the StrengthsQuest program, StrengthsFinderâ„¢ assessment, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Building a Strengths-Based Campus Initiative. Please note that the questions and responses below are intended for use by students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

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About StrengthsQuest

  • Will I be "labeled", "stereotyped", or "put in a box" based on my talent themes/strengths?

    No. The StrengthsFinder assessment is a tool that can help individuals in their own self-discovery. The Top 5 Talents Themes that are provided after completing the assessment are intended to help raise an individual's awareness about where they naturally excel or have the potential to excel. The intent behind the strengths-based approach is to help individuals learn and understand how to apply their own specific talents to the choices they make in their academic, career and personal lives.

  • What is StrengthsQuest and how is it different from StrengthsFinder?

    The StrengthsQuest experience starts with the Clifton StrengthsFinder, a web-based assessment that provides you with your Top 5 Talent Themes as a starting point for self-discovery and a strategy for success at the U of M. StrengthsQuest is used by over 600 colleges across the U.S. and in companies across the world. About StrengthsQuest.

    For more information, visit: http://www.strengthsquest.com/content/141728/index.aspx

  • What is a talent?

    According to Gallup, "A talent is a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied."

  • What is a strength?

    According to Gallup, "A strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity. The key to building a strength is to identify your dominant talents, then complement them by acquiring knowledge and skills pertinent to the activity."

  • What is the difference between talents and strengths?

    For information about the difference between talents and strengths, visit: http://www.strengthsquest.com/help/general/143096/difference-talent-strength.aspx

  • How likely is it to have the same Top 5 Talent Themes as somebody else?

    The chances of having the exact same Top 5 Talent Themes in the exact order as someone else is 1 in 33.39 million. The chances of having the same Top 5 Talent Themes as someone else (but in a different order) is approximately 1 in 340,000.

  • Who has access to my StrengthsFinder results? What will those results be used for?

    It depends on how you received a code to take the assessment. If you used the code from the back of a book published by Gallup, you are the only one who has access to your results. If you received a code through an account held by the University of Minnesota, only those individuals who have administrative access to the account where the code originated have access to your results; your individual results will not be shared without your permission.

  • Is it possible to get the talent themes and/or reports for students I advise, supervise or have in class?

    The APLUS System contains talent themes for students on campus. If you provided codes to students through an account that you set up with Gallup, it is possible for you to access results for these individuals by setting up "administrative access" on that account. For information about creating accounts, ordering codes, or setting up adminstrative access, click here.

  • What careers and/or majors should students pursue based on their talents themes/strengths?

    Top 5 Talent Themes won't dictate specific majors or careers that an individual should pursue. For example, having the talent theme of "Analytical" does not mean that a person should pursue a major in math or computer science. Instead, consider how the person can apply his/her talents to the majors and/or careers that are of the greatest interest to her/him or how the skills and knowledge gained through a specific major and/or career will provide opportunities to transform a person's talents into strengths.

  • What about my weaknesses? Should I just ignore them now that I know my strengths?

    The strengths-based approach is not about ignoring weaknesses. It is important to be aware of areas that are not strengths; however, instead of spending a lot of time and energy trying to turn those weaknesses into strengths, figure out ways to manage those weaknesses so that they don't prevent you from being successful.

  • Where can I get more information about StrengthsQuest?

    The StrengthsQuest website has many useful tools to help you lenar more about the strengths approach. You are able to read the StrengthsQuest book for free online once you have set up an account on the StrengthsQuest website and taken the StrengthsFinder assessment. Sign in to your account and look for the "Online Book" tab.

  • Can I read the StrengthsQuest book?

    You are able to read the StrengthsQuest book for free online once you have set up an account on the StrengthsQuest website and taken the StrengthsFinder assessment. Sign in to your account and look for the "Online Book" tab.

  • How do I get "certified" in strengths?

    To learn about workshops, trainings, classes and other opportunities to advance your knowledge of Strengths, please refer to the "Courses" section of The StrengthsQuest website for sessions offered directly through the Gallup organization.

  • What is the reliability and validity of the StrengthsFinder assessment?

    For more information regarding the research supporting StrengthQuest, please refer to the Clifton StrengthsFinder Technical Report. The report can be found by clicking here and then clicking on the "Research" button.

Taking StrengthsFinder

  • How can I get a code for myself?

    Please visit the Taking Strengths area of this website to learn more about obtaining codes to take the StrengthsFinder assessment. 

  • How do I order codes for my area/department/group/class?

    Please see the Taking Strengths section of this website.

  • I have already taken StrengthsFinder before. Can I use the results I have?

    Yes, you will need to be able to access your existing results through the original account you set with Gallup when you first took the assessment.

  • I don't know where to enter my access code.

    On the StrengthsQuest webpage, click on the "Register" button in the upper right hand corner and follow the steps. For more info, visit: http://www.strengthsquest.com/help/technical/143102/don-know-enter-access-code.aspx

  • My code doesn't work.

    Please visit www.strengthsquest.com for assistance.

  • After finishing taking StrengthsFinder, I received an error that said I had given too many neutral responses. What do I do?

    You'll have to retake StrengthsFinder. Your account should be automatically reset so that you can take the assessment again. Log back in using the username and password (not the access code) that you used to create your account and you should be directed to retake StrengthsFinder.

  • I took the StrengthFinder assessment but how do I get my results?

    Visit the StrengthsQuest site and click the sign-in box on the upper right corner. You will need the email address and password you used to create the account. Once you are logged into your account, your talent themes and helpful resources will appear on the first page. Note: If you took the assessment using a code from the back of a Gallup book, you will need to go to the website associated with that book.

  • Which report should I use from the StrengthsQuest website?

    Start with your Signature Theme Report. This report will provide you with general overall descriptions of each of your talent themes. For example, if you have Communication as one of your talent themes and your roommate or colleague also has Communication as a talent theme, the definition of that theme would appear the same in each of your Signature Theme Reports. After you are more familiar with these general descriptions and how your themes apply in your life, move on to the Strengths Insight and Action Planning Guide. This report provides descriptions of your themes in a way that also takes the unique combination of your Top 5 Talent Themes into account. So, using the same example above, the definition of Communication that appears in the Strengths Insight and Action Planning Guide for you and your roommate or colleague would be different because this definition is now taking into account the remaining four talents themes for each of you.  This report also provides some specific ideas for how you can take action steps that are based on your talents.

  • Which report should I use from the StrengthsQuest website when working with students?

    Start with the Signature Theme Report. This report will provide you and the student with general overall descriptions of their talent themes. After the student has become more familiar with these themes in his/her life, move on to the Strengths Insight and Action Planning Guide. This report provides descriptions of talent themes in a way that describes how the themes weave together/interact with each other while also providing some specific ideas for how the student can take action steps that are based on their talents.

  • I have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder, but I don't remember the username and password that I used when I took it.

    Click here to use the account assistance page at the StrengthsQuest website.

  • Are there accommodations for people with disabilities?

    Yes. There is a 20-second timer for each statement on the assessment. However, it can be turned off if you have a disability that requires you to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment without a time limit. If this is the case, please use your access code to set up a username and password for an account, then contact StrengthsQuestHelp@gallup.com.

  • Is the assessment available in other languages?

    The StrengthsFinder assessment is offered in 20+ languages. When you create your account, there will be an option to choose a language for the assessment.

  • If the assessment is taken in a language other than English, can the report still be printed in English?

    It is possible to print the Signature Themes Report in 20+ different languages. Currently the Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide and the Strengths Insight Report are available in English only.

  • I stopped in the middle of taking the online assessment. Can I start again?

    You can pick up where you left off simply by logging in again. Since you have already entered your access code to get started, it won't work again. For more information, click here.

  • Can I retake the assessment? Can taking the StrengthsFinder more than once affect my results?

    Click here to use the account assistance page at SQ website.

  • How can I get my full list of 34 talent themes?

    You are able to receive your full list of 34 themes in order after participating in Gallup trainings. You can also, for a fee, obtain your full 34 through the Gallup Strengthscenter website.

  • Can I read the StrengthsQuest book?

    You are able to read the StrengthsQuest book for free online once you have set up an account on the StrengthsQuest website and taken the StrengthsFinder assessment. Sign in to your account and look for the "Online Book" tab.

  • I can't remember my StrengthsQuest username and password.

    Follow the steps outlined on this StrengthsQuest page.

Obtaining Codes to Take StrengthsFinder

  • How can I get a code for myself?

    Please visit the Taking Strengths area of this website to learn more about obtaining codes to take the StrengthsFinder assessment. 

  • How do I order codes for my area/department/group/class?

    Please see the Taking Strengths section of this website.

  • How can students order codes for groups (i.e. student organizations, fraternities, sororities, etc.)?

    Please see the Taking Strengths section of this website.

  • What is a BUID?

    BUID stands for Business Unit ID. The BUID name and number enables Gallup to identify your organization or group. It is particularly useful if multiple groups are placing orders from a single institution. You will be asked to establish a BUID on the order form when ordering codes for the first time. If you are reordering codes, you should provide the BUID from your previous purchase.

  • What does it mean to be an administrator on a BUID account?

    When you purchase a group of codes directly from Gallup you are provided the opportunity to obtain the top five talent themes of and generate reports for all individuals who use codes within the BUID you established. When you first set up an account you will receive information about how to set up administrative access.

  • How many people can be administrators on a BUID account?

    There can be one main administrator who has all rights and up to two or three who have viewing rights.

Technical Problems / Trouble Shooting

  • I don't know where to enter my access code.

    On the StrengthsQuest webpage, click on the "Register" button in the upper right hand corner and follow the steps. For more info, visit: http://www.strengthsquest.com/help/technical/143102/don-know-enter-access-code.aspx

  • After finishing taking StrengthsFinder, I received an error that said I had given too many neutral responses. What do I do?

    You'll have to retake StrengthsFinder. Your account should be automatically reset so that you can take the assessment again. Log back in using the username and password (not the access code) that you used to create your account and you should be directed to retake StrengthsFinder.

  • I took the StrengthFinder assessment but how do I get my results?

    Visit the StrengthsQuest site and click the sign-in box on the upper right corner. You will need the email address and password you used to create the account. Once you are logged into your account, your talent themes and helpful resources will appear on the first page. Note: If you took the assessment using a code from the back of a Gallup book, you will need to go to the website associated with that book.

  • I have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder, but I don't remember the username and password that I used when I took it.

    Click here to use the account assistance page at the StrengthsQuest website.

  • Are there accommodations for people with disabilities?

    Yes. There is a 20-second timer for each statement on the assessment. However, it can be turned off if you have a disability that requires you to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment without a time limit. If this is the case, please use your access code to set up a username and password for an account, then contact StrengthsQuestHelp@gallup.com.

  • I stopped in the middle of taking the online assessment. Can I start again?

    You can pick up where you left off simply by logging in again. Since you have already entered your access code to get started, it won't work again. For more information, click here.

  • What happens if I was interrupted while I was taking the assessment?

    Log back in and continue taking the assessment where you left off. Your progress should have been saved. If you need assistance contact the StrengthsQuest Support Team by e-mail at StrengthsQuestHelp@gallup.com or by phone at 888.211.4049888.211.4049 FREE.

  • Can I retake the assessment? Can taking the StrengthsFinder more than once affect my results?

    Click here to use the account assistance page at SQ website.

  • I can't remember my StrengthsQuest username and password.

    Follow the steps outlined on this StrengthsQuest page.

Strengths for Groups, Teams and Classes

  • How do I order codes for my area/department/group/class?

    Please see the Taking Strengths section of this website.

  • What are the benefits of using Strengths for groups of people (i.e. departments, student organizations, project teams, etc.) ? Would it cost anything?

    Groups can benefit from using strengths in many ways. On an individual basis, group members can learn more about themselves and the talents they can contribute to the group. By learning about and developing an appreciation for the talents of your fellow group members, you can strive to function more successfully as a team in terms of communication, roles and responsibilities, leadership, working together to develop and achieve goals, etc. For information about taking StrengthsFinder, visit the Taking Strengths section of this website.

  • How do I find someone to facilitate a strengths workshop for my area, class, group, etc?

    The U of M no longer provides these services internally. Below are some resources external to the University of Minnesota. Please note that these services will typically involve a fee.

    HRD Consulting - Julie Berg

    Orange Slice Training - Jeff Stafford

  • What is a Team Talent Map?

    A team talent map is a visual representation or overview of the Top 5 Talent Themes for each individual within a group. A team talent map can simply list out each individual's Top 5 Talent Themes or organize them by Gallup's Four Domains of Leadership Strength (Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, Strategic). You can create team talent maps on the StrengthsQuest website by logging into your account and clicking on the "Team Talent Map" button. You can also access templates of team talent maps in the Activities and Exercises section of this website.

  • Can I make a Team Talent Map for a group of people?

    Yes, you will need to log into the StrengthsQuest website using your username and password and you will need to know the talent themes for each of the individuals you want to include in the Team Talent Map. Click on the "Team Talent Map" button. Once you create the team talent map on the StrengthsQuest website you are able to save it and/or download it. You can also access templates of team talent maps in the Activities and Exercises section of this website.

Training / Workshops

  • How do I find out about trainings and workshops related to strengths?

    The University of Minnesota no longer provides centralized workshops or trainings related to Strengths. If you are interersted in attending seminars or workshops through Gallup, please click here.

  • How do I find someone to facilitate a strengths workshop for my area, class, group, etc?

    The U of M no longer provides these services internally. Below are some resources external to the University of Minnesota. Please note that these services will typically involve a fee.

    HRD Consulting - Julie Berg

    Orange Slice Training - Jeff Stafford

  • How do I get "certified" in strengths?

    To learn about workshops, trainings, classes and other opportunities to advance your knowledge of Strengths, please refer to the "Courses" section of The StrengthsQuest website for sessions offered directly through the Gallup organization.