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E:12  A:15  C:4  N:9  O:14

This report estimates your levels on the five broad personality domains of the Big Five model.


Scores range from 0 to 16 for each personality domain. Interpret your scores by comparing them to the low, average, and high score ranges.


The descriptions below are borrowed from John A. Johnson at the Pennsylvania State University, who hosts a page of descriptions.


Your scores




Extraversion: 12 (go here for detailed subdomain test)

0–7: Low – This indicates you are introverted, reserved, and quiet. You enjoy solitude and solitary activities. Your socializing tends to be restricted to a few close friends.

8–10: Average – This indicates you are neither a subdued loner nor a jovial chatterbox. You enjoy time with others but also time alone.

11–16: High – This indicates you are sociable, outgoing, energetic, and lively. You prefer to be around people much of the time.


Agreeableness: 15

0–10: Low – This indicates less concern with others' needs than with your own. People see you as tough, critical, and uncompromising.

11–13: Average – This indicates some concern with others' needs, but, generally, unwillingness to sacrifice yourself for others.

14–16: High – This indicates a strong interest in others' needs and well-being. You are pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative.


Conscientiousness: 4

0–8: Low – This indicates you like to live for the moment and do what feels good now. Your work tends to be careless and disorganized.

9–11: Average – This means you are reasonably reliable, organized, and self-controlled.

12–16: High – This means you set clear goals and pursue them with determination. People regard you as reliable and hard-working.


Neuroticism: 9

0–4: Low – This indicates that you are exceptionally calm, composed and unflappable. You do not react with intense emotions, even to situations that most people would describe as stressful.

5–7: Average – This indicates that your level of emotional reactivity is typical of the general population. Stressful and frustrating situations are somewhat upsetting to you, but you are generally able to get over these feelings and cope with these situations.

8–16: High – This indicates that you are easily upset, even by what most people consider the normal demands of living. People consider you to be sensitive and emotional.


Openness to Experience: 14

0–9: Low – This indicates you like to think in plain and simple terms. Others describe you as down-to-earth, practical, and conservative.

10–12: Average – This indicates you enjoy tradition but are willing to try new things. Your thinking is neither simple nor complex. To others you appear to be a well-educated person but not an intellectual.

13–16: High – This indicates you enjoy novelty, variety, and change. You are curious, imaginative, and creative.


Note: I am working on tests to measure the six subdomains within each of the five broad domains (using the IPIP-NEO-120). I will update this report page to add links to these tests when I finish them.


Right now, a test for the subdomains within the extraversion domain is available.


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Extended descriptions of the Big Five personality domains


A note on terminology. Personality traits describe, relative to other people, the frequency or intensity of a person's feelings, thoughts, or behaviors. Possession of a trait is therefore a matter of degree. We might describe two individuals as extraverts, but still see one as more extraverted than the other. This report uses expressions such as "extravert" or "high in extraversion" to describe someone who is likely to be seen by others as relatively extraverted. This report classifies you as low, average, or high in a trait according to whether your score is approximately in the lowest 30%, middle 40%, or highest 30% of scores obtained by college students in the U.S.


Please keep in mind that "low," "average," and "high" scores on a personality test are neither absolutely good nor bad. A particular level on any trait will probably be neutral or irrelevant for a great many activities, be helpful for accomplishing some things, and detrimental for accomplishing other things. As with any personality inventory, scores and descriptions can only approximate an individual's actual personality. High and low score descriptions are more likely to be accurate, and average scores close to the low or high boundaries might misclassify you as only average. Questions about the accuracy of your results are best resolved by showing your report to people who know you well.




Extraversion is marked by pronounced engagement with the external world. Extraverts enjoy being with people, are full of energy, and often experience positive emotions. They tend to be enthusiastic, action-oriented, individuals who are likely to say "Yes!" or "Let's go!" to opportunities for excitement. In groups they like to talk, assert themselves, and draw attention to themselves.


Introverts lack the exuberance, energy, and activity levels of extraverts. They tend to be quiet, low-key, deliberate, and disengaged from the social world. Their lack of social involvement should not be interpreted as shyness or depression; the introvert simply needs less stimulation than an extravert and prefers to be alone. The independence and reserve of the introvert is sometimes mistaken as unfriendliness or arrogance. In reality, an introvert who scores high on the agreeableness dimension will not seek others out but will be quite pleasant when approached.




Agreeableness reflects individual differences in concern with cooperation and social harmony. Agreeable individuals value getting along with others. They are therefore considerate, friendly, generous, helpful, and willing to compromise their interests with others'. Agreeable people also have an optimistic view of human nature. They believe people are basically honest, decent, and trustworthy.


Disagreeable individuals place self-interest above getting along with others. They are generally unconcerned with others' well-being, and therefore are unlikely to extend themselves for other people. Sometimes their skepticism about others' motives causes them to be suspicious, unfriendly, and uncooperative.


Agreeableness is obviously advantageous for attaining and maintaining popularity. Agreeable people are better liked than disagreeable people. On the other hand, agreeableness is not useful in situations that require tough or absolute objective decisions. Disagreeable people can make excellent scientists, critics, or soldiers.




Conscientiousness concerns the way in which we control, regulate, and direct our impulses. Impulses are not inherently bad; occasionally time constraints require a snap decision, and acting on our first impulse can be an effective response. Also, in times of play rather than work, acting spontaneously and impulsively can be fun. Impulsive individuals can be seen by others as colorful, fun-to-be-with, and zany.


Nonetheless, acting on impulse can lead to trouble in a number of ways. Some impulses are antisocial. Uncontrolled antisocial acts not only harm other members of society, but also can result in retribution toward the perpetrator of such impulsive acts. Another problem with impulsive acts is that they often produce immediate rewards but undesirable, long-term consequences. Examples include excessive socializing that leads to being fired from one's job, hurling an insult that causes the breakup of an important relationship, or using pleasure-inducing drugs that eventually destroy one's health.


Impulsive behavior, even when not seriously destructive, diminishes a person's effectiveness in significant ways. Acting impulsively disallows contemplating alternative courses of action, some of which would have been wiser than the impulsive choice. Impulsivity also sidetracks people during projects that require organized sequences of steps or stages. Accomplishments of an impulsive person are therefore small, scattered, and inconsistent.


A hallmark of intelligence, what potentially separates human beings from earlier life forms, is the ability to think about future consequences before acting on an impulse. Intelligent activity involves contemplation of long-range goals, organizing and planning routes to these goals, and persisting toward one's goals in the face of short-lived impulses to the contrary. The idea that intelligence involves impulse control is nicely captured by the term prudence, an alternative label for the Conscientiousness domain. Prudent means both wise and cautious. Persons who score high on the Conscientiousness scale are, in fact, perceived by others as intelligent.


The benefits of high conscientiousness are obvious. Conscientious individuals avoid trouble and achieve high levels of success through purposeful planning and persistence. They are also positively regarded by others as intelligent and reliable. On the negative side, they can be compulsive perfectionists and workaholics. Furthermore, extremely conscientious individuals might be regarded as stuffy and boring. Unconscientious people may be criticized for their unreliability, lack of ambition, and failure to stay within the lines, but they will experience many short-lived pleasures and they will never be called stuffy.




Freud originally used the term neurosis to describe a condition marked by mental distress, emotional suffering, and an inability to cope effectively with the normal demands of life. He suggested that everyone shows some signs of neurosis, but that we differ in our degree of suffering and our specific symptoms of distress. Today neuroticism refers to the tendency to experience negative feelings. Those who score high on Neuroticism may experience primarily one specific negative feeling such as anxiety, anger, or depression, but are likely to experience several of these emotions. People high in neuroticism are emotionally reactive. They respond emotionally to events that would not affect most people, and their reactions tend to be more intense than normal. They are more likely to interpret ordinary situations as threatening, and minor frustrations as hopelessly difficult. Their negative emotional reactions tend to persist for unusually long periods of time, which means they are often in a bad mood. These problems in emotional regulation can diminish a neurotic's ability to think clearly, make decisions, and cope effectively with stress.


At the other end of the scale, individuals who score low in neuroticism are less easily upset and are less emotionally reactive. They tend to be calm, emotionally stable, and free from persistent negative feelings. Freedom from negative feelings does not mean that low scorers experience a lot of positive feelings; frequency of positive emotions is a component of the Extraversion domain.


Openness to Experience


Openness to Experience describes a dimension of cognitive style that distinguishes imaginative, creative people from down-to-earth, conventional people. Open people are intellectually curious, appreciative of art, and sensitive to beauty. They tend to be, compared to closed people, more aware of their feelings. They tend to think and act in individualistic and nonconforming ways. Intellectuals typically score high on Openness to Experience; consequently, this factor has also been called Culture or Intellect. Nonetheless, Intellect is probably best regarded as one aspect of openness to experience. Scores on Openness to Experience are only modestly related to years of education and scores on standard intelligent tests.


Another characteristic of the open cognitive style is a facility for thinking in symbols and abstractions far removed from concrete experience. Depending on the individual's specific intellectual abilities, this symbolic cognition may take the form of mathematical, logical, or geometric thinking, artistic and metaphorical use of language, music composition or performance, or one of the many visual or performing arts. People with low scores on openness to experience tend to have narrow, common interests. They prefer the plain, straightforward, and obvious over the complex, ambiguous, and subtle. They may regard the arts and sciences with suspicion, regarding these endeavors as abstruse or of no practical use. Closed people prefer familiarity over novelty; they are conservative and resistant to change.


Openness is often presented as healthier or more mature by psychologists, who are often themselves open to experience. However, open and closed styles of thinking are useful in different environments. The intellectual style of the open person may serve a professor well, but research has shown that closed thinking is related to superior job performance in police work, sales, and a number of service occupations.


More comprehensive Big Five tests


For those who wish to complete a more comprehensive self-assessment, I recommend the IPIP-NEO, which was developed by Goldberg (1999) and was implemented online and studied by Johnson (2000, 2005). The IPIP-NEO is available as a 300-item test and as a 120-item test. Both versions provide percentile estimates on the 5 broad personality domains as well as 30 subdomains (which were not assessed in this test). As an example, here is my report from the 300-item IPIP-NEO.


Test details and references


The scales in this test constitute the Mini-IPIP:

Donnellan, M. B., Oswald, F. L., Baird, B. M., & Lucas, R. E. (2006). The Mini-IPIP scales: Tiny-yet-effective measures of the Big Five factors of personality. Psychological Assessment, 18, 192–203. doi:10.1037/1040-3590.18.2.192


The 'low', 'average', and 'high' score ranges correspond approximately to the lowest 30%, middle 40%, and highest 30% of scores obtained in a sample of 2663 college students in the U.S. (see Donnellan et al.'s paper for demographic details). To be more precise, the cutoffs are ±0.5 SD of the mean, which is the convention in the literature.


As previously stated, much of the writing in this report is borrowed from John A. Johnson's page of descriptions.

Their Analysis (Vertical line = Average)

  • Extraversion Distribution

    They scored 12% on Extraversion, higher than 78% of your peers.

  • Agreeableness Distribution

    They scored 15% on Agreeableness, higher than 81% of your peers.

  • Conscientiousness Distribution

    They scored 4% on Conscientiousness, higher than 7% of your peers.

  • Neuroticism Distribution

    They scored 9% on Neuroticism, higher than 57% of your peers.

  • Openness Distribution

    They scored 14% on Openness, higher than 69% of your peers.

  • gender Distribution

    They scored -1% on gender, higher than 39% of your peers.

  • age Distribution

    They scored 25% on age, higher than 76% of your peers.

  • continent Distribution

    They scored 3% on continent, higher than 31% of your peers.

  • ignore Distribution

    They scored 1% on ignore, higher than 30% of your peers.

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