For quite a while at the Swiss Educational College we used the reflection session to combine professional growth and personal growth sessions. And it always started with personality analysis. Here are we picked TOP 10 tests that worth a glimpse and minute to reflect.
Established in 2012, Truity has developed a library of scientifically validated personality tests to help people understand themselves and those around them.
Through their website, users can take a range of tests including;
Enneagram (9 personality types)
Typefinder (16 personality types)
Big Five Assessment
Workplace DISC Test
Over 2 million tests are taken on their website every single month. Their blog is also a fascinating read for those interested in the science of personality testing. Their founder Molly Owens regularly appears in the media to share her insights on how personality tests can be of use in the workplace.
learn more at: Truity.com
2. HIGH5 Test
HIGH5 is the free strengths test that helps people find out what they are naturally good at. If you have ever heard about the StrengthsFinder, this is it.
It is based on the principles of positive psychology, an emerging scientific field studying what makes humans flourish. The core premise is that fixing one's weaknesses can help to avoid failure, but to achieve success, happiness, and fulfillment - one needs to maximize their strengths. Therefore, HIGH5 is designed to identify what's strong in people rather than what's weak.
Unlike other assessments, HIGH5 does not assign you to a specific group or type. Instead, it identifies your unique strengths sequence, which is as unique as 1 in 1.86 million. Due to its action orientation and development focus, the assessment is used by professionals in 95% of Fortune 500. It is frequently applied in personal development, team building, coaching, and leadership development.
After answering 100 questions in 20 minutes, you will identify your HIGH5 or the top 5 most developed strengths free of charge.
Learn more at: High5test.com
Introduced by Walter Clark in 1940, the DiSC personality profile was designed to measure dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness.
The questionnaire was created predominantly for organizational use and can be used for leadership and executive development, management training, sales training, conflict management, team building, customer services, communication and job coaching.
The DiSC assessment contains 28 questions, where the participant picks a word that is most like them, and a word that is least like them for each question. The online personality test is designed to be easy to use, easy to administer and to be delivered by anyone.
Prices for this assessment range depending on the type of career tests, the size and type of team it is being applied to and the number of people.
4. 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire
The 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF) was first published by Cattle, Tatsuoka, and Eber in 1949, however, since then there have been more additions. This questionnaire is based on Allports 4000 proposed personality traits, which Cattle Narrowed down to 171, and then later down to 16, to design the tool.
The questionnaire is designed to measure normal behaviors and can bed used for career development, employees selection, marital help, and counseling; but it does have some clinical reference.
It measures: warmth, reasoning, emotional stability, dominance, liveliness, rule-consciousness, social boldness, sensitivity, vigilance, abstractedness, privateness, apprehension, openness to change, self-reliance, perfectionism, tension
The questionnaire is designed to be used by people 16 or older.
It takes 30-35 minutes to complete by paper and pencil version, and 30 minutes to complete using a computer/online version.
5. HEXACO Model of Personality Structure Personality Inventory
The HEXACO model was constructed in the year 2000 to assess some of the personality dimensions, and theoretical interpretations, that had been outlined in earlier studies.
The model measures six major personality dimensions, namely: Honesty-Humility, emotionality, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness to experience.
The inventory is comprised of 200 questions for the full-length assessment or 100 questions for the half-length assessment.
The HEXACO 60 is also available for when there is little time. For more information on accessibility and pricing, visit the HEXACO website.
6. Revised NEO Personality Inventory
Developed by Costa and McCrae in the 1970's and later finalized in 2005, the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) was designed to measure and test the Big-5 personality traits that are outlined in the five-factor model - namely: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.
The inventory also has six subcategories of each of the five traits, for instance, neuroticism is comprised of anxiety, hostility, depression, self-consciousness, impulsiveness, and vulnerability to stress.
Whereas extraversion is comprised of the subcategories of warmth, gregariousness, assertiveness, activity, excitement seeking and positive emotion.
The inventory was originally designed for adults but has shown to be useful for younger ages.
The inventory can be used for counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, and doctors, it has also been increasingly used in organizations over the years.
The inventory consists of 240 items, which takes 30-40 minutes to complete.
Pricing varies depending on what version you buy and how you administer it. For more information on the product, how to administer it and how to buy it, visit this website.
7. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was introduced by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, in the 1940s.
The Myers-Briggs test is based upon an earlier theory that was introduced by Carl Jung - a theory that humans experience the world using four psychological functions: sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking. These functions affect many things, such as one's work style, mode of rejuvenation, strengths, weakness and so on. Later Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs would format those four psychological functions into sixteen personality types.
The MBTI measures whether an individual is extroverted or introverted, whether they have a sensing preference or an intuitive preference when it comes to processing information, whether they prefer to make decisions by thinking or feeling and whether they have a judging or perceiving preference about how they do things.
The results from the questionnaire then place the person onto one of 16 personalities, each has their own strengths and weaknesses, such as the ENJF personality type.
The MBTI can be used by test takers for individual development, employee development, team development, team productivity and to increase team effectiveness.
The questionnaire consists of 93 forced-choice questions, where the participant matches a word with a statement.
The pricing of this tool will vary depending on what type of Myer-briggs type indicator you buy and where you purchase it from.
8. Eysenck Personality Inventory
The Eysenck Personality Inventory measures personality on two independent dimensions: extroversion versus introversion and neuroticism versus stability.
The questionnaire generates three scores, the 'E' score which indicates how extroverted you are, an 'N' score which measures how neurotic you are, and a 'lie' score, which measures how much you have lied on the questionnaire to be socially desirable.
The full questionnaire consists of 100 yes/no questions and takes 20-35 minutes to complete.
There is also a shorted questionnaire that consists of 57 yes/no questions, that takes only 10-25 minutes to complete.
The pricing of the questionnaire varies depending on the scoring system you use and whether it is administered online.
You can access the questionnaire and scoring options here.
9. Eysenck Personality Questionnaire
Not to be confused with the Eysenck Personality Inventory, the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire was later introduced by Hans Eysenck and Sybil Eysenck to measure personality across three dimensions of temperament: extroversion versus introversion, neuroticism versus stability and psychoticism versus socialization.
The questionnaire consists of 100 yes/no questions, or the short scale version consists of 48 yes/no questions.
This questionnaire isn't a particularly well know personality test so versions, and information on the questionnaire, are hard to find, however, there are some online versions available here.
10. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Introduced by Hathaway and McKinley in 1939, the Minnesota Multiphase Personality Inventory (MMPI) can be used to assess adult personality and psychopathology across 10 scales: hysteria, depression, paranoia, hypochondriasis, psychopathic deviate, masculinity/femininity, psychastenia, schizophrenia, hypomania, and social introversion.
The inventory does have a high clinical reference and is often used to diagnose and assist treatment plans for mental illnesses.
However, it can also be used in occupational settings to screen candidate - especially to measure the psychological stability of those in high-risk professions, such as the police force, pilots or the army.
The MMPI has been changed and revised over the years, but the most recent version, the MMPI-2, contains 567 true-false questions and takes between a 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
There is a shorter version, the MMPI-2-RF, which contains 338 questions and takes around 30-50 minutes to complete. -More detailed information can be found here.
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