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Introduction to the Big 5 Personality Test

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.

The Big 5 Personality Traits

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:

  1. Openness – How open a person is to new ideas and experiences
  2. Conscientiousness – How goal-directed, persistent, and organized a person is
  3. Extraversion – How much a person is energized by the outside world
  4. Agreeableness – How much a person puts others’ interests and needs ahead of their own
  5. 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.

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Note: This test will take 19 minutes. This is not a graded test. We suggest you use your personal email address to take this test. Results will be forwarded to the email address you will use to take this test.