Personality Test Question and Answer

  1. What kind of personality test do we provide?
  2. Our test is based upon the 120 question NEO-PI inventory. We also provide a shorter 60 question version. You will see in your personality report your score for each of the Big Five dimensions as well as a detailed report on all 30 facets including: Anxiety, Depression, Warmth, Altruism, Dutifulness etc.

  3. Should I take the short or long version of the test?
  4. While the quick test is still quite reliable it is recommended that you take the long version as it provides greater reliability. This will take an additional 5-10 minutes to complete.

  5. How does the NEO-PI test compare with MBTI tests?
  6. A personality test is considered reliable when it produces a consistent result when the same person is measured twice. The NEO-PI personality test has become the standard for researchers and has been used in over 1000 peer reviewed studies due to its very high reliability (.86 to .93). The MBTI is not a reliable test. Research by David Pittenger demonstrated that people often get different results when taking the MBTI test twice.

    The NEO-PI-R test is fundamentally different from the MBTI test in that it does not attempt to assign a peronsality type. An MBTI test will assign you 1 of 16 possible personality types based on a number of true/false answers. Your behaviour, career suitability and many other factors are supposedly predicted by the personality type you fall into. Analyzing the results of using the MBTI for career planning the Army Research Institute concluded it was of no use and only furthered stereotypes. The MBTI test is often criticized for simplifying the complexities of personality into 1 of 16 types.

    In contrast the NEO-PI-R test shows each of the Big Five traits as a normalized score. Your Neuroticism score may be 68 while your Extraversion is 97. Each of the 30 facets are also assigned a normalized score. Rather than assign an individual as Introverted or Extroverted think of a sliding scale with extreme introversion at one end and extreme extraversion at the other. NEO-PI-R tests indicate how far along this sliding scale your personality lies relative to people of your age and country. Despite MBTI being an extremely popular personality test it is unreliable, incapable of describing personality in detail, ultimately flawed and outdated.

  7. What are the big five personality traits?
  8. Psychologist working in the field of personality require a consistent and reliable means of describing personality traits. Early personality researchers suffered due to haphazard and inconsistent use of words used to describe personality. During the 1930's American pyschologist Gordon Allport extracted every word from Webster's unabridged New International dictionary which described "in some way a form of human behavior". That list is 17,953 words long. This list of words was then filtered into 3 Columns with Column 1 being the most "objective" and therefore useful group of words. This list contained 4,504 words. A copy of Allport's 1936 study is now available online thanks to the University of Colorado.
    In 1940 Raymond Cattell shortened the list to 171 words by removing synonyms. In the 1960's a number of studies found just 5 factors were sufficient at describing personality types in very large and diverse datasets. Initially the names of the five factors varied, they're now known as Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism and Openness to Experience. We provide explanations of each of the Big Five traits in the personality report.

  9. Why should I take a personality test?
  10. A personality test is designed to provide insight into our fundamental personality traits. Traits refer to the part of our personalities which are relatively stable and effective at describing our patterns of thought and emotion. An accurate personality test will provide reliable and valid results, meaning it is both consistent and actually measures personality. Your results provide insight into these underlying patterns of thought and emotion. They do not define but can be used to predict your behaviour. There is a vast amount of research concerning relationships between Big Five personality traits and various physical and psychological conditions. Big Five personality traits have been used to accurately predict personality disorders with greater reliability than the MMPI. A personality test is a great way to improve self knowledge and form as a basis for further inquiry into who your personal psychology.

  11. How do I interpret my results?
  12. Providing you've answered honestly your results indicate how far from the average personality your particular traits lie. Keep in mind the average personality does not actually exist it is simply calculated by working with results of everyone that has taken the test. There are no right and wrong answers and you should attempt to view your results as an exercise in self knowledge.

  13. Will my personality change over time?
  14. New research is showing that certain personality traits change at different stages of our development. There also exists a maturation effect as we age. Generally as we grow older factors like conscientiousness and agreeableness increase while extraversion, neuroticism and openness decrease.

  15. Can I change my personality?
  16. Looking very briefly at this question research is showing that a number of factors influence our personality, some we can influence and others we're stuck with. Twin studies have shown about half of our personality is genetically influenced leaving the other half to be determined by environment. We know that personality is quite consistent across language and culture. We also know that regions which value individualism correlate with higher extraversion. Woman tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and agreeableness. Personality tends does change as we age but big life events produce little change in our personality.

  17. Can I print my results?
  18. At the end of test you can hit the print button to have your personality results formatted in a printer friendly format.

  19. Why do we provide our personality test for free?
  20. We currently provide our personality test free for individuals in order to collect data for various reseach initiatives. We're primarily interested in providing researchers with large and reliable data sets in addition to improving the accuracy of our personality results. If you're a personality researcher looking for data please feel free to contact us to discuss research opportunities.

  21. May I use the test on my website or in the classroom?
  22. We encourage the use of our test as part of coursework. We do not currently allow the test to be integrated into other websites but feel free to link to our test. If you're an educator and require assistance please feel free to contact.

  23. How can I compare my personality to my friends?
  24. When you're about to finish the test ensure you enter an email address. When your results are emailed to you we will include a link an instructions on completing a group personality test. This test will directly compare the personalities of your friends and provide a similarity score for each member of the group.

  25. Why should I have someone else take the test on my behalf?
  26. A popular criticism of personality tests is that they're subject to the bias of the person taking them, you. You can perform an interesting exercise by having someone that knows you extremely well take the test on your behalf. Once you've both completed the test you can compare results to see where and if differences exist.

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