The 15FQ+ Psychometric Testing Instrument

The 15FQ is based on 15 of the 16 core personality dimensions that were first developed by Cattell and his colleagues in 1946. … This provides a more occupational orientated personality test as an alternative to the ‘Sixteen Personality Factor’* series of tests which are traditionally more clinically based.

The 15FQ+ is a normative, trichotomous response, a personality test that has been developed as an update to the original 15FQ. The 15FQ is based on 15 of the 16 core personality dimensions that were first developed by Cattell and his colleagues in 1946. The 15FQ applies Cattell’s personality dimensions directly to the workplace. This provides a more occupational orientated personality test as an alternative to the ‘Sixteen Personality Factor’* series of tests which are traditionally more clinically based. Since its development in 1991, the 15FQ has been used widely throughout the world and enhances its reputation as one of the most well-researched assessments of normal personality available today.

The 15FQ+ incorporates the same 15 core personality factors as in the 15FQ as well as a number of recent psychometric innovations. The 15FQ+ includes the additional measure of Factor B (intelligence) which was originally excluded from the first edition of the 15FQ.

The Global Factors include:

  • Empathy
  • Emotional Stability
  • Enthusiasm
  • Socially-bold
  • Trustworthy
  • Direct
  • Conventional
  • Self-disciplined
  • Intelligence
  • Accommodating
  • Conscientiousness
  • Tender-minded
  • Concrete
  • Confident
  • Group-orientated
  • Composed

The Global Factors include:

  • Extraversion
  • Openness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Neurotic
  • Agreeableness

Additional Occupational Specific Factors include:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Management and Subordinate Styles
  • Team Role
  • Counter-Productive Work Behaviour

Furthermore, the 15FQ+ now incorporates an extensive range of response style indicators that include a dedicated social desirability scale, non-dedicated faking good and faking bad scale, and measures of central tendency and frequency.

Besides producing a standard length test, which contains 12 items per scale (200items in total), the latest version produced a short form, which contained six items per scale (100 items in total).

We have multiple approved psychometric testing instruments and British Psychological Society Qualified Psychometricians. We can accommodate small one-off testing or larger batch or group testing

All of our tests are registered and not available off the shelf unless administered by a qualified administrator.

Psychological tests are used in all walks of life to assess ability, personality and behaviour. A test can be used as part of the selection process for job interview or to assess children in schools. Tests may be used to assess people with mental health issues or offenders in prisons, and are also used in the National Health Service.

To ensure that professionals using tests are appropriately qualified, the BPS has developed qualification standards defining the knowledge and skills that should be held by anybody using a psychological test.

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