Assessments, from heavily researched personality tests to the scores of instruments that measure “personal styles” in some manner, are praised by publishers and criticized by a variety of sources including academics. In addition, I’ve recently seen an article providing “tips” on how to take these types of tests. I will first admit that I am a firm supporter of testing if done correctly and used the right way in the right situations. I’ve taken scores of “assessments,” administered hundreds in a variety of settings, and completed graduate level education in psychological testing.
Myers-Briggs And Other “Style” AssessmentsWhile I’ve always been sensitive to articles criticizing testing, I was recently piqued by an article challenging the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) assessment on three points:
- Low reliability, particularly “test-retest” reliability.
- The assessment “puts you in a box,” labeling as a particular set of letters, e.g., ENTJ
- The assessment purports to “guide to a perfect career.”