The SYNTHESIS personality and emotional intelligence assessment test provides information about a person's personality, emotional intelligence, and emotional competencies. The instrument is based on the Big Five factor model of personality and the Mayer, Salovey and Caruso (2002) framework of emotional abilities. SYNTHESIS is designed for work and occupational applications - recruitment, training, team building, coaching, and counseling.
The instrument measures the general factor of personality (GFP), the emotional intelligence quotient (EQ), 5 personality traits, and 6 emotional competencies. The 96-item questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. SYNTHESIS uses the Standard Ten (Sten) scoring system. The report provides a concise profile of the test taker's personality and emotional intelligence, a description of their emotional competencies, and performance improvement tips and suggestions. The instrument's 11 primary scales measure the following personality traits and emotional abilities.
|Creative and open to change||Open to change, creative, and risk-taking versus straight-thinking, practical, and conventional.|
|Conscientious and achieving||Self-motivated, vigorous, and disciplined versus spur-of-the-moment, unhurried, and easygoing.|
|Extravert and outgoing||Outgoing, talkative, and sociable versus introverted, reserved, and serious.|
|Cooperative and agreeable||Considerate, good-natured, and friendly versus business-like, skeptical, and competitive.|
|Stable and calm||Calm, even-tempered, and relaxed versus emotional, prone to worry, and likely to become upset.|
|Perceiving emotions||Ability to read non-verbal cues, and recognize people's feelings and emotions.|
|Communicating emotions||Ability to communicate and share feelings and emotions with other people.|
|Empathizing with emotions||Ability to identify with other people's feelings and emotions.|
|Using emotions||Ability to use feelings and emotions to help solve problems and make decisions.|
|Understanding emotions||Understanding of how emotions work and change over time.|
|Managing emotions||Ability to manage own and other people's feelings and emotions.|
The internal consistency reliabilities of the scales range from 0.8 to 0.9 with a median of 0.9. Correlations between the scales and marker variables are in the range of 0.8 to 0.9 with a median correlation of 0.8. Criterion-related validity studies show statistically significant correlations between job performance and test scores on scales. The magnitude and range of correlations are consistent with those reported in the literature for the impact of personality and emotional intelligence on job performance.
The instrument's norms are based on two large international comparison groups of 25,000 and 6,000 respondents. Both samples have equal numbers of men and women. The mean age of the personality assessment sample was 30.2 with a standard deviation of 10.5, and the mean age of the emotional ability sample was 37.7 with a standard deviation of 12.9. In both samples, the majority of respondents came from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Differences in scores related to gender, age, ethnicity, and nationality, were very small.
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