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Monday, June 15, 2009

Understanding the Differences in Scoring the MBTI® Assessment

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We have received several requests from our customers regarding confusion about what are the ways of scoring and administering the Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) assessment. I wrote up the following descriptions to give you a better understanding.

We have two forms available for the MBTI assessment:

  1. MBTI Form M (Step I™ Assessment): This is the most commonly used version of the assessment. Contains 93 items.

  2. MBTI Form Q (Step II™ Assessment): Provides a more detailed analysis of each of the MBTI preference dichotomies. Contains 144 items.

After choosing the Form you would like to take, a Report must then be generated to view the results. You have the following options to choose from for each form, and any of them can be either used on our online assessment delivery system, SkillsOne®, or be pre paid for mail in scoring. I have linked each of the reports to a sample report for you to get a better idea if you are not yet familiar with these:

MBTI® Form M (Step I™):

  1. MBTI® Self-Scorable – This is a 93 item booklet which can be used in workshop or classroom settings for on the spot interpretation when computer access is not available. It includes easy-to-understand instructions and comes with an answer sheet and basic interpretive information.

  2. MBTI® Profile – Provides reported type, explanations of the preferences, characteristics frequently associated with the type, and an easy-to-read graph displaying the preference clarity index. This is primarily classified as a summary of your student’s or client’s type.

  3. MBTI® Interpretive Report – This includes all data from the profile, but with more information about the student’s or client’s type to conduct an interpretation. This includes a summary of their strengths and needs based on personality type, tips for finding best-fit type and it shows how their responses to the instrument relate to scored MBTI type. This is basically a more thorough report than the profile for your students or clients to understand their type.

  4. MBTI® Career Report – Helps to assess a student’s or client’s type and how that plays a role in the career exploration process. This report explores preferred work tasks and work environments, as well as popular occupations for those with their same preferred MBTI type.

  5. MBTI® Communication Style Report (*New) – This personalized interpretive report is designed to help your students or clients understand their communication strengths based on reported or verified four-letter type results. The report offers tips for communicating with others as well as suggested steps for development.

  6. MBTI® Team Report – This report is to be used in a team setting (up to 64 members) to help with teambuilding. Provides a description of a group’s type along with its strengths and weaknesses. This also provides information for each member to learn and understand each others’ similarities and differences so they can effectively work with one another.

  7. MBTI® Interpretive Report for Organizations –Describes in depth how a student’s or client's MBTI type may be expressed in the organization as it also relates their preferences to likes and dislikes in work settings. Explains student’s or client's communication and problem-solving styles. Provides personalized suggestions for development. Ideal for organization and management development, as well as for team building applications.

  8. MBTI® Work Styles Report – This is a report designed to help any two individuals work together more effectively, especially when there are potentials for conflict to arise between them (if not already). This helps the individuals to not only understand their type, but their counter part’s type as well, in order to create a more positive work environment. Sections in this report include communication style, information gathering, decision making, and project management.

  9. MBTI®Complete – Our online edition of the assessment which can be found on This can also be purchased through the SkillsOne® site. The advantage to this report is that when you have a student or client take it, they are able to view their results right away along with a summarized explanation of their type.

MBTI® Form Q (Step II™):

  1. MBTI®Step II™ Profile – This report gives your students or clients a graphical representation of their results. This presents the student’s or client’s results on the 20 Step II™ facets, along with a short description of each on the graph so they understand their results.

  2. MBTI® Step II™Interpretive Report – This report delves deeper into the 20 facets by providing personalized descriptions on each. The results are then applied to four components of professional development such as communication, change management, decision making, and conflict management.

I hope you found this blog helpful. If you have any questions, our Customer Relations staff is always happy to help!

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