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« 7. Mayer-Salovey-Caruso EI Test: MSCEIT™ »

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

There are different types of emotional intelligence tests. Ability measures are one type of them. 

 The most famous and thoroughly developed ability measure is the MSCEIT™: The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test. It was developed in the USA by the two pioneers of emotional intelligence, Professor Peter Salovey and Professor John (Jack) Mayer.

Further development has been undertaken by David Caruso, a psychologist and one of their key research colleagues.

The initial normative data for the MSCEIT™ was based on 5,000 people. The developers say these are representative of the US general population in terms of gender, age, ethnicity and level of education.

The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, (MSCEIT™), is an ability based, computer assessment involving a series of tasks. I like it for this reason.

It is not dependent upon the accuracy of people's own perceptions nor on the bias inherent in other peoples' perceptions. Instead it actually measures emotional skills and knowledge. We get real skill-based data as a result to work with.

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

Emotional intelligence tests: Tasks on the MSCEIT™

The tasks cover different categories of skills as outlined in their four stage model of emotional intelligence.

Different pictures and scenarios are presented and you are asked to solve problems about emotions, or problems that require the use of emotion.

Specifically they include:

Perceiving Emotions

  • Faces
  • Pictures

Facilitating Thought

  • Facilitation
  • Sensations

Understanding Emotions

  • Changes
  • Blends

Managing Emotions

  • Emotion Management
  • Emotional Relations

There are 141 items.

You end up with a total emotional intelligence score and separate area scores.

Want to do the MSCEIT to measure your emotional intelligence and gain feedback on the results from our Director, Emotional Intelligence specialist, Rachel Green? Click here.

If you are interested in leraning more about the work of Salovey, Mayer and Caruso their book is available here and comes highly recommended.  

Emotional intelligence tests: Relevance of the MSCEIT™ to work?

There is no easy way to measure emotional intelligence, just as there is no easy way to assess how much people are IQ smart in daily life.

I am accredited in the MSCEIT™ and find the results interesting. They give an extra dimension over other emotional intelligence assessment results.

As it is an ability-based assessment on a computer we still need to investigate how the results gained from the tasks translate into emotional intelligence skills in real time, with real people, at work.

For example, one of the tasks is the identification of emotions in artwork. If I can't do this does this mean I'm not emotionally intelligent? I don't think so. It may just mean I don't care about art.

However, over time with my clients I have come to realise it does predict whether people are aware of how their surroundings may impact on people emotionally. This is very important if a person is wanting to build client relationships, for example, or is selecting or arranging a meeting room, or if an employer is wanting to help motivate employees ... or parents are wanting their children to sleep easily.

I have met clients who have had no idea that the blend of colours on the walls in a room, or the pictures on the walls, have an impact on the feel of the room or people's emotions.

Also, there is, to me, a big difference between my being able to look at a picture of a face and work out what emotion is shown, and being able to do that in a real interaction with a group of people over lunch, while talking business and wanting to make a good impression. The test though, on the facial recognition tasks, gives a good starting point for this skill.

If you are interested in leraning more about the work of Salovey, Mayer and Caruso their book is available here and comes highly recommended.  

Emotional intelligence tests: MSCEIT™ emotional knowledge

One aspect I do like is the keen focus of the MSCEIT™ on the assessment of people's emotional knowledge. I found this quite different from the Genos emotional intelligence assessments which I have also trained in but no longer use, and other EI and EQ tests. 

Emotional knowledge is an important part of emotional intelligence and several of my clients find that their emotional knowledge is lacking.

For example, if you do not know an extensive range of emotional words in your vocabulary your ability to express your emotions may be reduced. If you do not know how one emotion can flow into and influence another one, you will find it hard to predict how people may feel or how you may feel, thus making reasoning with emotions more difficult. These aspects are well assessed on the MSCEIT.

The MSCEIT is used extensively by others throughout the world, partly as a result of the ease with which it can be administered, and also because of the lack of expense involved. This makes it easier for people in recruitment to use. 

However it is also used because it has a solid foundation of research behind it, it has been developed by the pioneers in emotional intelligence and is based on their 16 stages of emotional intelligence development. It is also a familiar format and is more similar than other assessments to a standard IQ test.

In comparison, I have found administering a 360 emotional intelligence test involves a lot more people, time and expense.

More information on the MSCEIT™ can be found here. It includes a sample report of results. 

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.

If you are interested in leraning more about the work of Salovey, Mayer and Caruso their book is available here and comes highly recommended.  

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