Free 3-in-1 Personality Test (5 Mins Quiz)

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Andrew English
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Here's a free personality test that will score you on some major traits included by other popular quizzes and tests... in less than 100 questions. Rules:

  • Takes less than 10 minutes to get advanced self-awareness
  • There are no right answers.
  • Answer them quickly, do not over-analyze. Go with what seems best. 
  • Answer them "the way you are", not 'the way you'd like to be"

We often look for these answers in personality tests. All it takes is a quick Google search or opening up a magazine to find personality tests and quizzes. They can be fun and silly to take, or they can reveal a shocking amount of information about your personality. Researchers also use personality tests to study people and connect certain personality traits to behaviors.

What are Personality Tests?

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Personality tests use different data types to analyze and measure people and their personalities. While many tests are completed in surveys, researchers have created various personality tests with different tasks or scenarios.

This test has been developed for those wanting to learn more about themselves. The results include personality types (ISFJ, ENTP, etc.), the Dark Triad, and Big Five categories.

This free quiz is not related to professional tools like the MBTI®, Rorschach, or HEXACO assessments, which are copyrighted and may require administration by a trained practitioner or psychologist.

Some of the most famous personality tests include:

Personality tests have different goals: some want to determine what people think unconsciously, while others measure the levels of certain traits in individuals. These tests examine how people interact with the world around them and aim to advance personality psychology.

Myers Briggs Test

Many people love to share their MBTI test scores, however you may not know what their seemingly random string of letters means. Developed by Carl Jung and some of his fans, the Myers-Briggs or MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) test is loved by the public but hated by many scientists. 

The test puts participants into one of 16 categories based on how they answer questions. The MBTI measures 4 traits:

  • Extraversion vs Introversion
  • Sensing vs Intuition
  • Thinking vs Feeling
  • Judging vs Perceiving

You are given a label depending on how you fall into each category. For example, if you received Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, and Judging, you would be labelled as an "INTJ", like me. 

Dark Triad Test

Have you ever seen one of those "How Evil Are You?" personality tests on social media? Most likely, they are the Dark Triad test. I have a whole article with tons of data on the dark triad if you'd like to learn more, but in short... it measures 3 main traits. We commonly associate these traits as being "bad' or "dark", which gives the quiz its name. 

  • Machiavellianism
  • Narcissism
  • Psychopathy

Machiavellianism describes behavior as manipulative, cunning, and sneaky. 

Narcissistic behavior is commonly well-known and deals with a big ego. 

Psychopath refers to one's inability to feel and share emotions. 

The Big 5 Traits

The "Big 5 Model of Personality" is the most well-known because it's the most scientifically studied. Researchers have tried again and again to disprove these 5 main traits. However, they seem to have stuck. The Big 5 test is used in schools, universities, employment areas, and prisons. 

Here's a quick rundown of the 5 traits - you can remember them with the acronym OCEAN:

  • Openness to New Experiences
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

A sixth trait has been debated over the last few years: Honesty. Honesty and Humility seem to be the opposite of the Dark Triad scores, though. For example, if someone scores high percentages on the Dark Triad test, they usually score low on the Honesty-Humility section of the Big 5 Personality Test. 

Conscientiousness is about how responsible and organized you are. You're probably good at managing time and keeping commitments if you score high. Extraversion measures your sociability and energy levels in social situations.

High scorers are typically outgoing and enjoy being around others, while low scorers might prefer more time alone.

Agreeableness assesses how cooperative and compassionate you are towards others. High scores indicate a warm, friendly nature, whereas low scores might suggest a more competitive or critical personality.

Lastly, Neuroticism measures emotional stability. A high score could mean you experience intense emotions and get stressed easily, while a low score suggests a calmer, more resilient disposition.

You can take the test in under 5 minutes to see your rank. 

Projective Tests

If you have ever taken a Rorschach test, you’ve taken a projective test. Projective tests were developed from theories that people hide unconscious thoughts or behaviors. These tests are meant to bring those unconscious thoughts out into the open. The Rorschach test is one of the first examples of projective tests. A psychologist shows an ambiguous drawing to a patient and asks them to tell the doctor what comes to mind immediately. The answer can be very revealing and surprising to some.

Another example of a projective test is the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT.) In this test, the psychologist shows the patient a series of scenes and asks the patient to tell a story about what is happening in the scene. The patient’s response can give the psychologist a look into their inner feelings and how they perceive certain situations.

All of these tests have advantages and disadvantages to them. Some tests are easier to create, and some data is easier to collect. Bias from the subject or the researcher can also impact what the test reveals about the subjects or different groups of people. Keep these potential biases in mind as you take and study personality tests.

What Data is Used on Personality Tests?

How do we score personality tests? How do researchers score personality tests? We use a few different types of data:

Self-reported data

No one knows you better than you, right? When taking a personality test from your bedroom and having to answer questions, you are using self-reported data. This data may sound like “I always put others ahead of myself” or score a 5 for “I tend to get sentimental, even with people I have just met.”

Self-reported data is easy to obtain but is not the best type for clinical studies or scientific research. Why? It’s biased. People can fake their answers on tests or not be able to see themselves objectively.

Observer-reported data

There are ways to gather a person’s data without their bias or input. Scientists can collect data through observation and use their findings to make conclusions about the people in the study or a larger group.

There are two types of observer-reported data: naturalistic observation and artificial observation. When researchers conduct naturalistic observation, they don’t tell the subjects they are being watched. The opposite goes for artificial observation. Scientists often prefer naturalistic observation; people may act differently or artificially when they know they are being watched and recorded.

Test Data

Scientists collect test data by setting up a test. The test will often set up subjects in a scenario and then give them a choice. The researchers watch the subjects as they take the test and then record how they behave. Test data may connect certain traits to certain behaviors or certain behaviors to other behaviors.

Life Data (“Longitudinal Research”)

Many obstacles arise when you collect data on personality. Genetics and environment can influence someone’s behavior or decision-making process. For example, people who grew up in a small town may behave differently than people from a big city, even if they tend to be “agreeable” or “neurotic.” Life data takes these factors into consideration and looks at personality data throughout time.

Why Do We Make Personality Tests?

Personality tests are fun and silly, but researchers use them for important purposes. Psychologists are like engineers. They want to build better people and create a world with more lawful and positive citizens.

You can build something more effectively if you have great tools. Personality traits are just a few of those tools. They give insights into someone’s personality and can potentially predict people’s behavior. The connections between certain traits and behaviors can help us spot people that may be beneficial to our lives or harmful. In another video, I will talk about spotting people who may be bad influences in your life and how to stay away from them.

Flaws in Psychometric Tests

There are two main factors that psychologists look for in a decent personality test.

1) Reliability - This means participants will get the same results over time

2) Validity - This means you should be able to do something with the data (like predict future behavior)

According to Cleverism, the Myers-Briggs tests don't fall into either of these categories. This jabs a knife into the scientific backing to the famous test. In personality psychology, we measure personality as behavioral traits that don't change much over time; however, through tests like the Big 5 and Myers Briggs, people often see major changes in under 5 years. 

What does this mean for you? Don't take personality tests so seriously. They are our best tools, but they're certainly not perfect. 

Take a personality test today, whether for fun or to encourage self-reflection. The more you know about how you score on personality tests, the more you can see how you fit. Your results may also help you predict your behavior and prevent yourself from behaving unfavorably.

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Practical Psychology. (2019, February). Free 3-in-1 Personality Test (5 Mins Quiz). Retrieved from

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