Q. What is the Big Five personality test based on?
A. The Big Five personality test is a comprehensive personality inventory based on decades of psychological research. Psychologists and academic researchers investigating the fundamental traits of personality found repeatedly that people's personality differences naturally sort into five broad dimensions, referred to as the Big Five.
Today, the consensus among the scientific community is that human personality is most accurately described in terms of these Big Five personality traits. The Big Five model of personality is widely considered to be the most scientifically valid way to describe personality differences and is the basis of most current personality research.
Q. What are the Big Five personality traits?
A. The "Big Five" or Five Factors refers to the five major personality dimensions that psychologists have determined are core to our individual makeup. The Big Five personality traits are:
- Openness - How open a person is to new ideas and experiences
- Conscientiousness - How goal-directed, persistent, and organized a person is
- Extraversion - How much a person is energized by the outside world
- Agreeableness - How much a person puts others' interests and needs ahead of their own
- Neuroticism - How sensitive a person is to stress and negative emotional triggers
Each of the Big Five personality traits is considered to drive a significant aspect of cognition (how we think) and behavior (how we act). Each trait is completely distinct and independent of the other four traits; for instance, a highly Extraverted person is no more or less likely to be highly Conscientious as well.
For an individual, each of the Big Five personality traits is measured along a spectrum, so that one can be high, medium, or low in that particular trait. This makes the Big Five model distinct from many pop psychology systems that classify people in terms of personality "types." In the Big Five framework, rather than being sorted into types, people are described in terms of how they compare with the average across each of the five personality traits.
Q. How long is the Big Five test?
A. The test consists of 60 questions and takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.
Q. What will my Big Five test results look like?
A. You will first see a brief, free report showing the basic findings of your personality test. Then, you have the option of unlocking your full report for a small fee. To see what you can expect from your full report, check out this sample Big Five report.
Q. How can I access my Big Five personality test results?
A. After you take a test, you will have the option to create an account by entering your email address. If you create an account, you can view your test results at any time by returning to Truity.com and logging into your account. We do not email your results to you.
Q. Do I need to complete this personality test all at once?
A.If you’ve created an account and are logged in when you take the test, your responses will be saved as you go through the test. If you do not log in to a Truity account before starting the test, your progress will not be saved and you will need to complete the test all at once.
Q. Is this personality test really free?
A. You do not need to purchase or register to take this test and view an overview of your results. If you would like, you can purchase a more comprehensive full report for a small fee.
Q. Is this Big Five personality test accurate?
A. This test has been researched extensively to ensure it is valid and reliable. It is based on psychological research into the core of personality and Truity’s own psychometric research. Your scores show you how you compare to the other people in a large, international sample for each of the Big Five personality traits. You can learn more in the Big Five Personality Test Technical Documentation.
Q. What does it mean that the Big Five test is clinically reviewed?
A. Truity's Big Five test has been reviewed by a psychologist to ensure that it has been developed according to rigorous standards of reliability and validity. Our clinical reviewer, Dr. Steven Melendy, holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and specializes in using evidence-based approaches to work with diverse populations.
Q. Can I have my employees, team or group take the Big Five test?
A. Absolutely. Our Truity @ Work platform is designed to make it easy to give the Big Five personality test to your team or group. See discounted group pricing and learn how to quickly and easily set up testing for your group on the Testing for Business page.
Q. What is the difference between Big Five, Five Factor, and the OCEAN model of personality?
A. Big Five, Five Factor, and OCEAN are all ways of describing the same theory of personality. Multiple psychological studies have arrived at the conclusion that the differences between people's personalities can be organized into five broad categories, called the Big Five or Five Factors. These are sometimes referred to as the five broad dimensions of personality.
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