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Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute. Author of "How to build your emotional resilience and manage your emotions", and accredited user of the MSCEIT - the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional-Intelligence-Test.

Emotional intelligence tests and EQ tests that involve self-report measures are common, but how good and reliable are they?

I suspect they are used because they are easier to develop and use. Indeed we have some quick quizzes available for you to use here!

The emotional intelligence tests that are based on self-report measures vary in the level of theoretical design and statistical analysis applied to them. They also differ in content bias according to the emotional intelligence or EQ model upon which they are based. 

I have used two such emotional intelligence tests on myself: the Genos self-report measure, and the Six Seconds (SEI). There are many others you may come across.

I have produced my own quick EI survey, "Your EI audit". I use it in my regular emotional intelligence courses.

People report gaining greater understanding of themselves and their emotional intelligence skills and are able to identify the next steps they need to take to develop their emotional intelligence skills even further.

Assessment on the MSCEIT is also included in our 5 star emotional intelligence coaching package.

Emotional intelligence tests: Types of survey questions

The survey questions you are asked to rate can cover any of the emotional intelligence competencies. Each survey will have a bias towards its own area of interest in emotional intelligence.

Here are five questions people rate on my EI Audit:

  1. I know how I'm feeling (as it happens moment to moment, not later on reflection).
  2. People can give me negative feedback on my work without my getting defensive.
  3. I let hurtful comments go without stewing on them, sulking or resenting them.
  4. I am comfortable talking about how I am feeling to a range of people.
  5. I consider both my heart and my head in making decisions.

They then have to rate these on a four point scoring system:

  1. Seldom, if at all.
  2. Sometimes.
  3. Quite often.
  4. Almost always.

Other examples are given in the articles covering the Genos self-report measure, and the Six Seconds one.

Are self-report emotional intelligence tests valid or useful?

Certainly, many of us do enjoy filling in quizzes and surveys and they give a subjective starting point for evaluating our emotional intelligence.  

The Genos self-report measure involves 70 items based on the Genos emotional intelligence model and I have used it with a number of clients and found the results helpful. It is a statistically standardised test with large samples of normative data on which to compare your results.

Of course, the question we must ask about the usefulness of these particular emotional intelligence tests is how good are we at assessing our own emotional intelligence. We all have blind spots, and we may be deluded! Some people, in my experience, are too hard on themselves, while others over inflate their skills.  

The results of emotional intelligence tests and EQ tests involving self-report measures must be interpreted with caution.

Click here to find out how to take the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional-Intelligence-Test (MSCEIT) and gain feedback on the results from our Director, emotional intelligence specialist, Rachel Green.

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