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personality test

noun, Psychology
1.
an instrument, as a questionnaire or series of standardized tasks, used to measure personality characteristics or to discover personality disorders.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • Crew members fill out a lengthy, standardized personality test and then answer a weekly questionnaire.
  • Cultural bias can be a problem when a personality test is translated into another language and culture.
personality test in Medicine

personality test n.
A test, usually involving a standardized series of questions or tasks, used to describe or evaluate a subject's personality traits.

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Encyclopedia Article for personality test

the measurement of personal characteristics. Assessment is an end result of gathering information intended to advance psychological theory and research and to increase the probability that wise decisions will be made in applied settings (e.g., in selecting the most promising people from a group of job applicants). The approach taken by the specialist in personality assessment is based on the assumption that much of the observable variability in behaviour from one person to another results from differences in the extent to which individuals possess particular underlying personal characteristics (traits). The assessment specialist seeks to define these traits, to measure them objectively, and to relate them to socially significant aspects of behaviour.

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