Objective Personality Tests: Advantages, Examples & Definition

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Instructor: Samantha Eyster

Samantha has a Master's degree in Educational Technology and taught Psychology.

Objective personality tests are used to learn more about your personality traits. This lesson gives examples of common tests, how they are used, and why some are considered better than others.

Use of Objective Personality Tests

In every group setting, there is always that one person who just bugs you. You two can't get along. You say one thing; they say the other. You spend the majority of the time going around in circles. You can't help but wonder if there was some way you could have known what to expect from them before they joined your group. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a test you both could have taken that would have shown that you weren't compatible? What if I told you it existed and that many large companies use objective personality tests in an effort to avoid situations just like this?

An objective personality test is a tool designed to help leaders choose compatible team members and aid psychologists in providing appropriate treatment to patients. It is a test divided into sections of questions that determine which of your traits are strongest. Traits, or personality traits, are the core parts of who we are and are visible influences on how we generally respond in any given situation.

In these types of tests, each question is assigned a point value. When the test is completed, each section is scored. To analyze your score, it is compared against a scale of all the other scores that were collected from all test takers.

For test administrators, objectivity is key. It assures those analyzing the results that the test administrator took the necessary precautions to avoid influencing the participants' answers since these tests rely on self-report, meaning the participant answered the questions on their own without influence from any outside source.

Furthermore, questions on these types of tests ask you to use a scale to rate your preferences or feelings. Each question examines one specific feeling or preference. They would contain statements like, 'I have many friends' or 'I always feel sad.' Each question only asked about one particular feeling or preference. Otherwise it would be too complicated to make sense of the information the test collected.

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