Keirsey Personality Test, With Scoring

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II

There are no right or wrong answers since about half the population agrees with whatever answer you choose.

1. When the phone rings do you

___(a) hurry to get to it first

___(b) hope someone else will answer

2. Are you more

___(a) observant than introspective

___(b) introspective than observant

3. Is it worse to

___(a) have your head in the clouds

___(b) be in a rut

4. With people are you usually more

___(a) firm than gentle

___(b) gentle than firm

5. Are you more comfortable in making

___(a) critical judgments

___(b) value judgments

6. Is clutter in the workplace something you

___(a) take time to straighten up

___(b) tolerate pretty well

7. Is it your way to

___(a) make up your mind quickly

___(b) pick and choose at some length

8. Waiting in line, do you often

___(a) chat with others

___(b) stick to business

9. Are you more

___(a) sensible than ideational

___(b) ideational than sensible

10. Are you more interested in

___(a) what is actual

___(b) what is possible

11. In making up your mind are you more likely to go by

___(a) data

___(b) desires

12. In sizing up others do you tend to be

___(a) objective and impersonal

___(b) friendly and personal

13. Do you prefer contracts to be

___(a) signed, sealed, and delivered

___(b) settled on a handshake

14. Are you more satisfied having

___(a) a finished product

___(b) work in progress

15. At a party, do you

___(a) interact with many, even strangers

___(b) interact with a few friends

16. Do you tend to be more

___(a) factual than speculative

___(b) speculative than factual

17. Do you like writers who

___(a) say what they mean

___(b) use metaphors and symbolism

18. Which appeals to you more:

___(a) consistency of thought

___(b) harmonious relations

19. If you must disappoint someone are you usually

___(a) frank and straightforward

___(b) warm and considerate

20. On the job do you want your activities

___(a) scheduled

___(b) unscheduled

21. Do you more often prefer

___(a) final, unalterable statements

___(b) tentative, preliminary statements

22. Does interacting with strangers

___(a) energize you

___(b) tax your reserves

23. Facts

___(a) speak for themselves

___(b) illustrate principles

24. Do you find visionaries and theorists

___(a) somewhat annoying

___(b) rather fascinating

25. In a heated discussion, do you

___(a) stick to you guns

___(b) look for common ground

26. Is it better to be

___(a) just

___(b) merciful

27. At work, is it more natural for you to

___(a) point out mistakes

___(b) try to please others

28. Are you more comfortable

___(a) after a decision

___(b) before a decision

29. Do you tend to

___(a) say right out what's on your mind

___(b) keep your ears open

30. Common sense is

___(a) usually reliable

___(b) frequently questionable

31. Children often do not

___(a) make themselves useful enough

___(b) exercise their fantasy enough

32. When in change of others do you tend to be

___(a) firm and unbending

___(b) forgiving and lenient

33. Are you more often

___(a) a cool-headed person

___(b) a warm-hearted person

34. Are you prone to

___(a) nailing things down

___(b) exploring the possibilities

35. In most situations are you more

___(a) deliberate than spontaneous

___(b) spontaneous than deliberate

36. Do you think of yourself as

___(a) an outgoing person

___(b) a private person

37. Are you more frequently

___(a) a practical sort of person

___(b) a fanciful sort of person

38. Do you speak more in

___(a) particulars than generalities

___(b) generalities than particulars

39. Which is more of a compliment:

___(a) "There's a logical person"

___(b) "There's a sentimental person"

40. Which rules you more

___(a) your thoughts

___(b) your feelings

41. When finishing a job, do you like to

___(a) tie up all the loose ends

___(b) move on to something else

42. Do you prefer to work

___(a) to deadlines

___(b) just whenever

43. Are you the kind of person who

___(a) is rather talkative

___(b) doesn't miss much

44. Are you inclined to take what is said

___(a) more literally

___(b) more figuratively

45. Do you more often see

___(a) what's right in front of you

___(b) what can only be imagined

46. Is it worse to be

___(a) a softy

___(b) hard-nosed

47. In trying circumstances are you sometimes

___(a) too unsympathetic

___(b) too sympathetic

48. Do you tend to choose

___(a) rather carefully

___(b) somewhat impulsively

49. Are you inclined to be more

___(a) hurried than leisurely

___(b) leisurely than hurried

50. At work do you tend to

___(a) be sociable with your colleagues

___(b) keep more to yourself

51. Are you more likely to trust

___(a) your experiences

___(b) your conceptions

52. Are you more inclined to feel

___(a) down to earth

___(b) somewhat removed

53. Do you think of yourself as a

___(a) tough-minded person

___(b) tender-hearted person

54. Do you value in yourself more that you are

___(a) reasonable

___(b) devoted

55. Do you usually want things

___(a) settled and decided

___(b) just penciled in

56. Would you say you are more

___(a) serious and determined

___(b) easy going

57. Do you consider yourself

___(a) a good conversationalist

___(b) a good listener

58. Do you prize in yourself

___(a) a strong hold on reality

___(b) a vivid imagination

59. Are you drawn more to

___(a) fundamentals

___(b) overtones

60. Which seems the greater fault:

___(a) to be too compassionate

___(b) to be too dispassionate

61. Are you swayed more by

___(a) convincing evidence

___(b) a touching appeal

62. Do you feel better about

___(a) coming to closure

___(b) keeping your options open

63. Is it preferable mostly to

___(a) make sure things are arranged

___(b) just let things happen naturally

64. Are you inclined to be

___(a) easy to approach

___(b) somewhat reserved

65. In stories do you prefer

___(a) action and adventure

___(b) fantasy and heroism

66. Is it easier for you to

___(a) put others to good use

___(b) identify with others

67. Which do you wish more for yourself:

___(a) strength of will

___(b) strength of emotion

68. Do you see yourself as basically

___(a) thick-skinned

___(b) thin-skinned

69. Do you tend to notice

___(a) disorderliness

___(b) opportunities for change

70. Are you more

___(a) routinized than whimsical

___(b) whimsical than routinized

Answer Sheet

Enter a check for each answer in the column for a or b.

a b a b a b a b a b a b a b
1     2     3     4     5     6     7    
8     9     10     11     12     13     14    
15     16     17     18     19     20     21    
22     23     24     25     26     27     28    
29     30     31     32     33     34     35    
36     37     38     39     40     41     42    
43     44     45     46     47     48     49    
50     51     52     53     54     55     56    
57     58     59     60     61     62     63    
64     65     66     67     68     69     70    
  E I   S N   T F   J P

Directions for Scoring

1. Add down so that the total number of a answers is written in the box at the bottom of each column (see [... below ...] for illustration). Do the same for the b answers you have checked. Each of the 14 boxes should have a number in it.

2. Transfer the number in box No. 1 of the answer grid to box No. 1 below the answer grid. Do this for box No. 2 as well. Note, however, that you have two numbers for boxes 3 through 8. Bring down the first number for each box beneath the second, as indicated by the arrows. Now add all the pairs of numbers and enter the total in the boxes below the answer grid, so each box has only one number.

3. Now you have four pairs of numbers. Circle the letter below the larger numbers of each pair (see sample answer sheet below for an illustration). If the two numbers of any pair are equal, then circle neither, but put a large X below them and circle it.

a b a b a b a b a b a b a b
1   2   3   4   5   6   7  
8   9   10   11   12   13   14  
15   16   17   18   19   20   21  
22   23   24   25   26   27   28  
29   30   31   32   33   34   35  
36   37   38   39   40   41   42  
43   44   45   46   47   48   49  
50   51   52   53   54   55   56  
57   58   59   60   61   62   63  
64   65   66   67   68   69   70  
8 2
9 1
8 2
4 6
1 9
7 3
7 3
    9 1   4 6   7 3  
8 2
17 3
5 15
14 6
  E I   S N   T F   J P

-- David West Keirsey

from "Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence"

Quoted on Tue Oct 4th, 2011