17 Emotional Intelligence Tests and Assessments

Emotional Intelligence Testing

Perhaps you may have heard that what is even more important than a person’s ‘IQ’ is their ‘EQ’, or emotional intelligence, and are interested in learning more.

Broadly speaking, emotional intelligence involves the capacity to understand and manage emotion. Yet, can this be measured?

IQ tests are well-known assessments of cognitive capacity, however, tests of emotional intelligence are more complicated. There are many free quizzes readily available to test EQ, but as is explained shortly, such self-report measures are not always accurate.

Ability tests of EQ fare better. The following article explores the ‘ins and outs’ of emotional intelligence testing. Along with a rich assortment of information, this article will also provide links to some free EQ assessments and samples of questions so that you can really get a feel for EQ tests.

I hope it sparks your interest!

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What is an Emotional Intelligence Test?

So, just what is a test of emotional intelligence?

Well, put simply, as opposed to a self-report scale of EI, an EI test is developed differently. You see, EI tests are based on the premise that EI consists of a group of skills that are employed in order to solve emotional problems.

Therefore, as explained by pioneers in the research area of EI, Mayer, Caruso, Salovey & Sitarenios (2003), because it is developed from a skill-base, that EI is, therefore, a distinct ability that can be measured objectively.


What is an EQ appraisal?

Another way of looking at the assessment of EI is an EQ appraisal.

One example of an EQ appraisal is the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal that features in the best-selling work ‘Emotional Intelligence 2.0’ (Bradberry & Su, 2006).

The appraisal was created in 2001 by Dr. Travis Bradberry and Dr. Jean Greaves and it may be administered in either online form or in a booklet. You can find more emotional intelligence books here.

The EQ appraisal is a skill-based assessment based on Daniel Goleman’s four-factor taxonomy (Bradberry & Su, 2006). According to Goleman, EI consists of four components:

  • self-awareness,
  • self-management,
  • social awareness and
  • relationship management.

The EQ appraisal consists of 28 items and is performance based – it is designed to assess the behavior linked to EI skills. The assessment gives an overall EQ score, and a score for each of the four EI factors (Bradberry & Su, 2006).

Research with The Emotional Intelligence Appraisal has found Cronbach alpha reliability ratings between .85 and .91 however, interestingly, a non-significant positive correlation was found between the appraisal and the popular EI test, the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test.

In the following sections of this article, you can certainly read more about the MSCEIT. Briefly, however, for the purpose of an introduction to this discussion, the MSCEIT is an ability model of EI.

Researchers have suggested that there is a distinction between the constructs that are measured by the MSCEIT and EI Appraisal (Bradberry & Su, 2006). It was reasoned that this difference in models from which the assessments were developed – the MSCEIT is an ability-based assessment, whereas the EI Appraisal was based on Daniel Goleman’s ‘mixed’ model of EI.

It has been claimed that scores on the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal predicted job performance more than the MSCEIT, and what’s more, it also takes one-fifth of the length of time to administer.


The Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Test

In this section of the article, I will be focusing on the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, Version 2.0 (MSCEIT, V 2.0). The MSCEIT is a 141 scale that measures the four branches of EI, each branch reflecting specific skills – perceiving emotions, using emotions to facilitate thought, understanding emotions and managing emotions (Mayer, Caruso, Salovey & Sitarenios, 2003).

Each of these four ‘branches’ is measured in the MSCEIT using two tasks, as described below:

Branch one – perceiving emotions: faces and pictures tasks

Branch two – facilitating thought: sensations and facilitation tasks

Branch three – understanding emotions: blends and changes tasks

Branch four – managing emotions: emotion management and emotional relationships tasks.

Each of these 8 tasks is measured either by a discrete, single item or a group of individual items that make up an ‘item parcel’ (Mayer et al., 2003). Item parcels are collections of related items – so, for example, the ‘faces task’ consists of four item parcels, each containing five responses. Some items only require one response per stimulus so are distinct and free-standing (Mayer et al., 2003).

Across the 8 tasks, the responses required take different forms. The test was designed this way so that the results across the response methods can be generalized, and also minimize the associated error in measurement (Mayer et al., 2003). So, some tasks use a 5-point rating scale, whereas others require a multiple-choice response.

Let’s look at this test a little closer…

The ‘faces’ task is made up of 4 item parcels, each with 5 responses (Mayer et al., 2003). In this task, participants are presented with a group of faces, and they are required to respond with the specific emotion they can identify as portrayed in the face (Mayer et al., 2003).

The ‘pictures’ task consists of six parcels each with 5 responses. It is similar to the ‘faces’ task, except that the target stimuli are abstract designs and landscapes, and to respond, participants select from cartoon faces that show specific emotions (Mayer et al., 2003).

The ‘sensations’ task consists of five parcels, each with three responses. Participants match sensations to the emotions they generate – e.g. describing how ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ a feeling of envy is (Mayer et al., 2003).

The ‘facilitation’ task is made up of 5 item parcels, each with three responses. This task requires a decision about the moods that are most closely associated with specific behaviors and cognitive tasks, in terms of accompanying them or assisting them. The example given by Mayer, Caruso, Salovey, and Sitanerios (2003) is “whether joy may assist planning a party” (p. 99).

The ‘blends’ task consists of 12 free-standing items. Responders choose which emotions could be combined to produce another emotion – for example, that malice could be formed by combining envy and aggression (Mayer et al., 2003).

The ‘changes’ task is made up of 20 free-standing items in which individuals choose the emotion that emerges due to another emotion intensifying – e.g. that depression is most likely to result from intensification of sadness and fatigue (Mayer et al., 2003).

The ‘emotion management’ task consists of 5 parcels, each with 4 responses. In this task, responders are required to form a judgment about the best actions that can be taken by an individual in a story in order to result in the specified emotional outcome (Mayer et al., 2003).

So, for example, the participant might read a story about a character and need to identify what this character can do to reduce their anger or prolong joy (Mayer et al., 2003).

Finally, the ‘emotional relationship’ task. This task is made up of 3 item parcels, each with 3 responses. This task requires test-takers to decide what are the most effective actions an individual can take in order to manage another person’s feelings (Mayer et al., 2003).

Putting this all together, it can be seen that the MSCEIT 2.0 is a comprehensive test of EI. In fact, it requires a total of 705 responses – 141 items are included, each with 5 responses (Mayer et al., 2003).


Can EI Really be Measured With a Quiz?

According to Matthews, Roberts, and Zeidner (2004), there are a number of problems and serious omissions in the area of EI as measured by a simple self-report assessment.

In actual fact, this issue is what led Mayer, Caruso, and Salovey to argue that performance-based measures are needed for EI to be understood as an actual cognitive ability (Matthews, Roberts & Zeidner, 2004).

Their argument then resulted in the development of the Multi-Factor Emotional Intelligence Scale (the MEIS) and, more recently, the MSCEIT.

To consider EI as a scientific construct, it is necessary to determine whether EI is a measurable phenomenon (Matthews et al., 2004). Self-report measures of EI have shown satisfactory internal consistency reliably across a variety of cultures, as well as more than adequate levels of test-retest reliability over 1 – and 4-month periods (Matthews et al., 2004).

On the other hand, performance-based measures of EI have been shown to present a number of problems in terms of reliability (Matthews et al., 2004). All these issues seem to suggest that EI may not be able to be measured.

Indeed. Whether or not EI tests actually measure a theoretical construct or trait is termed ‘construct validity’, and, in actual fact, Matthews and colleagues (2004) concluded that neither performance-based or self-report measures of EI meet the criteria for what is deemed ‘construct validity’.

However, past research has found a relatively modest association between self-report measures of EI and actual ability measures (Matthews et al., 2004). What a complicated picture EI presents! What are we to make of these claims?

Well, further research into the measurement of EI is certainly warranted – particularly into validation studies of self-report measures of EI. According to Matthews et al (2004), “there are major conceptual, psychometric, and applied problems and issues to be overcome before EI can be considered a genuine, scientifically validated construct with real-life practical significance” (p. 192).

Other research, however, argues against what Matthews and colleagues presented in the 2004 paper titled ‘Seven myths about emotional intelligence’. It does in actual fact support the notion that EI can be readily measured using tests, particularity self-report tests.

However, just because something is easily measured this does not mean that such measures are accurate.

The fact that EI is made up of a range of skills does mean that self-report is not the most accurate way to measure EI (Matthews et al., 2004). This also means, however, that even though self-report measures are not effective measures of EI, that because EI consists of a range of skills and abilities, in a similar vein to the measurement of other skills, these skills can be measured!

In other words, yes, EI ability tests are legitimate measures of EI.


What’s in an Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire?

To show what to expect from an EI questionnaire, I will now provide an example of an EI-quiz (Mind Tools, 2019). In this quiz, 15 statements are presented and responders are asked to answer as to how they really are, rather than how they think they should be:

  1. I can recognize my emotions as I experience them
  2. I lose my temper when I feel frustrated
  3. People have told me that I’m a good listener
  4. I know how to calm myself down when I feel anxious or upset
  5. I enjoy organizing groups
  6. I find it hard to focus on something over the long term
  7. I find it difficult to move on when I feel frustrated or unhappy
  8. I know my strengths and weaknesses
  9. I avoid conflict and negotiations
  10. I feel that I don’t enjoy my work
  11. I ask people for feedback on what I do well, and how I can improve
  12. I set long-term goals and review my progress regularly
  13. I find it difficult to read other people’s emotions
  14. I struggle to build rapport with others
  15. I use active listening skills when people speak to me

For each of these statements, the responders would rate themselves from not at all, rarely, sometimes, often and very often (Mind Tools, 2019).


How is EI Measured?

Emotional AwarenessGenerally speaking, EI is measured in three different ways:

  • Self-report
  • Other-report
  • Ability measures

A variety of scales, quizzes and questionnaires have been developed for each of these methods of measuring EI. There are four general types of EI tests, which are described in more detail soon!

  • Abilities based tests (including the MSCEIT)
  • Trait-based tests (such as the Bar-On EQi)
  • Competency-based tests – (including the ESCI)
  • Behavior-based tests – (for example, the Genos)

Whilst all provide measures of EI, for situations where an accurate, objective assessment of EI is wanted (such as recruitment) the consensus from the research is to use the MSCEIT (Bradberry, 2014).


The Emotional Intelligence Scale

Schutte and colleagues (1998) developed a measure of emotional intelligence based on the model that was published by Salovey and Mayer in 1990. Sixty-two items were found to be reflective of the dimensions of Salovey and Mayer’s model (Schutte, Malouff, Hall, Haggerty, Cooper, Golden, & Dornheim, 1998).

Then, a factor analysis of results from a study of 346 participants lead to the development of this 33-item scale:

  1. I know when to speak about my personal problems to others
  2. When I am faced with obstacles, I remember times I faced similar obstacles and overcame them
  3. I expect that I will do well on most things I try
  4. Other people find it easy to confide in me
  5. I find it hard to understand the non-verbal messages of other people*
  6. Some of the major events of my life have led me to re-evaluate what is important and not important
  7. When my mood changes, I see new possibilities
  8. Emotions are one of the things that make my life worth living
  9. I am aware of my emotions as I experience them
  10. I expect good things to happen
  11. I like to share my emotions with others
  12. When I experience a positive emotion, I know how to make it last
  13. I arrange events others enjoy
  14. I seek out activities that make me happy
  15. I am aware of the non-verbal messages I send to others
  16. I present myself in a way that makes a good impression on others
  17. When I am in a positive mood, solving problems is easy for me
  18. By looking at their facial expressions, I recognize the emotions people are experiencing
  19. I know why my emotions change
  20. When I am in a positive mood, I am able to come up with new ideas
  21. I have control over my emotions
  22. I easily recognize my emotions as I experience them
  23. I motivate myself by imagining a good outcome to tasks I take on
  24. I compliment others when they have done something well
  25. I am aware of the non-verbal messages other people send
  26. When another person tells me about an important event in his or her life, I almost feel as though I have experienced this event myself
  27. When I feel a change in emotions, I tend to come up with new ideas
  28. When I am faced with a challenge, I give up because I believe I will fail*
  29. I know what other people are feeling just by looking at them
  30. I help other people feel better when they are down
  31. I use good moods to help myself keep trying in the face of obstacles
  32. I can tell how people are feeling by listening to the tone of their voice
  33. It is difficult for me to understand why people feel the way they do*

Further studies of this 33 – item measure found it to have good internal consistency and test-retest reliability.


4 Example Emotional Intelligence Tests and Questions

Are you now curious about EI tests? Perhaps the following description of four examples of EI tests can capture your interest!


1. The Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 (EQ-i-2.0)

This test was the first scientifically validated, and now the most extensively used, EI assessment worldwide (Australian Council for Educational Research, 2016).

It was developed from 20 years of global research. The EQ-i is a self-report measure for individuals aged 16 years and older and can be delivered online. It takes approximately 30 minutes, and participants are required to respond to questions designed to assess key aspects of emotional skills related to life and workplace performance.

Such skills have been shown to affect performance in complex areas such as conflict resolution and planning (ACER, 2016).

The results from the EQ-i can provide respondents with information about emotional skills they can improve as well as those areas that they excel in – which can then lead to individuals having the capacity to utilize their strengths to maximize performance in daily tasks (ACER, 2016).

The EQ-i 2.0 is administered from an online portal that achieves simple and efficient administration, scoring and reporting.

Once an individual completes the test, a report is produced that takes the form of an inventory. The inventory includes 15 competencies that center around 5 composite areas of EI – self-perception, self-expression, interpersonal, decision-making and stress management (ACER, 2016).

Although taking the test is free, in order to administer the test a practitioner must meet the requirements of the EQ-i qualification level.

The EQ-i is based on Bar-On’s model of emotional-social intelligence, and it is accompanied by the EQ-360 (Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations – CREIO, 2018).

The EQ-360 provides a more comprehensive analysis of EQ because it also includes information provided by others. Observer ratings are then considered in conjunction with the results of an EQ-i-2.0 self-report to give a more detailed profile (CREIO, 2018).


2. Profile of Emotional Competence (PEC)

This test was developed by Brasseur & Mikolajczak and provides separate measures of intra-personal EI and inter-personal EI (CREIO, 2018). It looks at 5 core emotional competencies – identification, understanding, expression, regulation, and use of emotions – in the self and others.

It has been extensively validated in research, with results taken from a total sample of almost 22 000 individuals (CREIO, 2018). It is available free of charge for research and clinical purposes.

The full PEC consists of 50 items and takes approximately 1- 15 minutes to administer, and the short form includes 20 items and takes 5 – 10 minutes to complete. The PEC is a self-report measure, however, it needs to be administered by a psychologist who is familiar with the emotional intelligence and emotional competence research and theory (CREIO, 2018).


3. The Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue)

The TEIQue was developed by Dr. K. V. Petrides and is available free of charge for academic and clinical research (CREIO, 2018).

The full-form consists of 153 items, measuring 15 distinct facets, 4 factors and global trait EI. The short-form is a 30-item test that measures global trait EI which was developed from the full-form TEIQue (CREIO, 2018).

Based on correlations with corresponding total facet scores, 2 items were selected for inclusion from each of the 15 facets of the full-form TEIQue.

This questionnaire is also presented to gather ratings from observers – the TEIQue 360° and 360° Short-form (CREIO, 2018). Dr. Stella Mavroveli also designed the TEIQue Child-form that is suited to children aged 8 – 12 years.

This questionnaire consists of 75 items which are responded to on a 5-point scale and looks at the nine distinct facets of trait EI in children (CREIO, 2018).


4. Wong’s Emotional Intelligence Scale (WEIS)

This is a self-report measure of EI designed to be used by Chinese respondents (CREIO, 2018). It is based on the four ability dimensions mentioned previously that make up EI. It consists of two parts:

  • The first part includes 20 scenarios. Respondents choose the option that most closely reflects the reaction they are likely to have in each scenario that is described (CREIO, 2018)
  • The second part is made up of 20 ability pairs. Respondents are required to select one of two types of abilities that best demonstrates their strength (CREIO, 2018).

Now that we have looked at EI tests, let’s consider the types of questions that appear in these assessments. The following questions, from the PEC (Profile of Emotional Competence), are similar to those used in a variety of EI tests.

Hopefully they can provide you with an idea of what it may be like to do an EQ test!

Sample Questions (accessed from CREIO, 2018):

  • As my emotions arise I don’t know where they came from
  • I don’t always understand why I respond in the way I do
  • If I wanted, I could easily influence other people’s emotions to achieve what I want
  • I know what to do to win people over to my cause
  • When I feel good, I can easily tell whether it is due to being proud of myself, happy or relaxed
  • I am good at describing my feelings
  • I can easily get what I want from others
  • I easily manage to calm myself down after a difficult experience
  • Most of the time I understand why people feel the way they do
  • When I am sad, I find it easy to cheer myself up
  • I find it difficult to handle my emotions
  • When I am angry, I find it easy to calm myself down
  • I am often surprised by people’s responses because I was not aware they were in a bad mood
  • My feelings help me to focus on what is important to me
  • Others don’t accept the way I express my emotions
  • When I am sad, I often don’t know why
  • In a stressful situation I usually think in a way that helps me stay calm


Are There ‘Right Answers’ to EQ Assessments?

In fact, yes, there are so-called ‘right answers’ to EQ assessments – however, this only applies to the objective measures of EQ… obviously, there is no such thing as a ‘correct’ answer in a self-report assessment!

Research has included efficacious ways to identify ‘correct’ alternatives in EQ tests– e.g. in facial perception, or meanings of emotions terms (Mayer et al., 2003). This has been claimed due to the convergence between expert and general consensus on EI measures (Mayer et al., 2003). So-called ‘right answers’ are based on criteria developed from research (Mayer et al., 2003).


What Does an EQ Score Mean?

Emotional IntelligenceEQ is an emotional quotient score.

It is found by assessing the behavioral factors that reflect EI.

For example, the EQ score reflects the way in which a person reacts in a variety of situations, including:

  • Stressful or frustrating situations
  • Failures, or disappointing situations
  • Positions of leadership
  • How an individual manages the emotions of people of a range of different ages, and
  • Handling diversity and cultural sensitivities (My Frameworks, 2017).

EQ distinguishes emotional capacity as a distinct type of intellect. The average EQ score is in the range of 90 – 100, whilst the perfect EQ score is 160. What does an EQ score actually mean? Well, as well as contributing to success, EQ plays a role in everyday life (My Frameworks, 2017).


Six EQ Self-assessments

Maybe you are interested in testing your own EQ? Listed below are 6 readily available EQ self-assessments:

  1. Emotional Intelligence Test (2019). Psychology Today. Access here.
  2. Test your E.I: Free EQ quiz (2018). Institute for Health and Human Potential. Access here.
  3. How Emotionally Intelligent are You? Boosting Your People Skills (2019). Mind Tools. Access here.
  4. Emotional Intelligence Test (2019). Psych Tests. Access here.
  5. Emotional Intelligence Test Free – EQ Test Free Online (2019). Alpha High IQ Society. Access here.
  6. How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? (2017). My Frameworks. Access here.


Measuring Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

EI is closely associated with success in the workplace (Bradberry, 2014).

TalentSmart, a worldwide leader in the provision of emotional intelligence, examined EI alongside 33 other key workplace skills. It was discovered that EI was, in this case, the strongest predictor of performance (Bradberry, 2014). Actually, EI explained 58% of success in all job types!

How, then, is EI measured in the workplace?

The Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO) have reviewed a number of tests that promise to measure EI in workplace settings, and have selected those for which there is a substantial body of research. Let’s examine these different measures.


The Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI)

This is used to measure EI and enables workplaces to raise awareness of EI based on feedback (CREIO, 2018).

A multi-rater assessment, this test also encourages the coaching and development of crucial work capabilities. It takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes to administer.

It looks at the following competency scales:

  • emotional self-awareness,
  • emotional self-control,
  • adaptability,
  • achievement orientation,
  • positive outlook,
  • empathy,
  • organizational awareness,
  • coach and mentor,
  • inspirational leadership,
  • influence,
  • conflict management and
  • teamwork (CREIO, 2018).


The Emotional and Social Competence Inventory – University Edition

The ESCI-U provides universities with an emotional and social intelligence test at a much lower cost than the corporate version (CREIO, 2018).

It assesses 14 key competencies – 5 emotional intelligence, 7 social intelligence, and 2 cognitive competencies. The multi-rater version is said to be the most well validated and widely used behavioral measure of emotional and social intelligence (CREIO, 2018).

It has been used in schools. colleges and universities, and is currently used at undergraduate, Masters and doctoral levels in a number of countries (CREIO, 2018).

The ESCI-U takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes to administer.


The Genos Emotional Intelligence Inventory (Genos E.I).

This assessment was developed from a wide range of peer-reviewed research, is available in many languages and is used in approximately 500 multi-national companies (CREIO, 2018). It is delivered via an online survey system which is modern and responsive.

The Genos EI consists of 42 items and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Although it is designed to be used in workplaces, it has been claimed that it is a valid assessment for individuals aged 17 – 75 years (CREIO, 2018).

It looks into six competencies that reflect the skills and behavior that develop as a result of EI abilities:

  • self-awareness,
  • awareness of others,
  • authenticity,
  • emotional reasoning,
  • self-management and
  • positive influence.


The Group Emotional Competence (GEC) Inventory

This assessment of EI in the workplace was developed from the work of Vanessa Druskat and Steven Wolff who have led the application of emotional competence at the group level (CREIO, 2018).

It provides a measure of 9 group norms that have been associated with team effectiveness. Also, this feedback can help groups to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and therefore detect areas for improvement (CREIO, 2018).

The GEC Inventory contains 57 items that measure the nine dimension of group EI reported by Druskat and Wolff.


The Work Group Emotional Intelligence Profile (WEIP)

This is a self-report measure that looks at EI of individuals in teams.

Respondents choose from a seven-point reference format (from 1 – strongly disagree to 7 – strongly agree) to items that are designed to engage them in a reflection of their own behavior. For example, “I am able to describe accurately the way others in my team are feeling” (CREIO, 2018).

The WEIP is designed to look at two dimensions of EI – the ability to deal with one’s own emotions (which makes up scale one, consisting of 18 items) and, the ability to deal with others’ emotions (this is measured in scale two, which has 12 items) (CREIO, 2018).

Scales 1 and 2 are each comprised of 5 subscales. Team EI is discovered by calculating the average scores of the WEIP for all team members.

As you can see, whilst EI is crucial in a work environment, employers and leaders in team settings have a few options for assessments to choose from that measure EI.

Relevant: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness


The Queendom Emotional Intelligence Test

Queendom.com is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc, which is a high-tech psychometric company that produces a range of services and products based on an extensive battery of psychological assessments (Queendom, 2019).

PsychTests AIM provides psychometric services and related products to a very diverse range of groups: recruiters, HR professionals, business owners, therapists, life coaches, athletic organizations, students, researchers, marketers, and even professors! (Queendom, 2019).

As such, Queendom has developed ‘scientifically developed and validated tests and quizzes’, including the Emotional Intelligence Test.

What is this test?

Well, the Queendom EI Test consists of 341 questions and takes approximately 60 – 90 minutes to complete (Queendom, 2019). The questions take the type of self-assessment, situational, and image-based questions. A test specifically developed to measure EI, the Queendom EI Test includes self-report and skill-testing components.

What does the test provide?

The Queendom EI Test provides an introduction to EI, an overall score, assesses a range of scales, and also advice – tips that are tailored from an individual’s results.

The scales are as follows:

  • Emotional competencies
    This scale measures the ability to identify one’s emotions, and being comfortable with emotional expression and emotional situations or people who are emotional. The emotional competency scale also examines emotional reflection, emotional regulation, and emotional integration (Queendom, 2019)

  • Social competencies
    Looks at a person’s adaptable social skills and social insight. It examines the area of conflict – by looking at a knowledge of conflict resolution and conflict resolution behavior. The social competency scale also looks at empathy, flexibility, and the ability to read body language (Queendom, 2019).

  • Drive
    The ‘drive’ scale focuses on goal-setting, striving, self-motivation and self-awareness which are all a component of EI.

  • Stress management
    This scale looks at coping skills, emotional selectivity (in terms of magnitude) and emotional selectivity (in regards to precision). Furthermore, the stress management scale measures resilience, adaptability, and contentment. It looks at an individual’s positive mindset, their extreme rumination, and the congruence of their behavior according to values (Queendom, 2019).

  • Self-regard
    The self-regard scale measures the aspects of self-esteem, self-confidence, and assertiveness. It also looks at self-efficacy and the need for approval (Queendom, 2019).


The Emotional Intelligence Grid

The grid below is an interesting graphical depiction of the dimensions and components of EI.

The Emotional Intelligence Grid
Cropper, B. 2018. Leading with emotional intelligence. Image retrieved from www.thechangeforum.com


The grid provides a clear ‘snapshot’ of EI, portraying what is a complicated concept in an easy-to-understand form.


Emotional Intelligence and EQ Quadrants

According to research, EI consists of 4 key skills that fall under two primary ‘competencies’ (Bradberry, 2014). These are personal competence and social competence. These skills can be portrayed in four separate ‘quadrants’.

What would such EQ quadrants look like?

Well, the four quadrants would be labeled as ‘what I see’ and ‘what I do’ (Bradberry, 2014). The quadrants of self-awareness and self-management make up ‘personal competence’. These two skills focus more on the individual and their interactions with others (Bradberry, 2014). On the other hand, social awareness and relationship management make up ‘social competence’.

Briefly, let’s look at each of these 4 core skills of EI, the EQ quadrants are:

  • Self-awareness
    This quadrant looks at being aware of emotions as they happen, and being able to perceive these emotions accurately.

  • Self-management
    Includes being able to apply an awareness of emotions in order to remain flexible and direct behavior positively.

  • Social-awareness
    This EQ quadrant is associated with correctly perceiving and understanding emotions in other people.

  • Relationship management
    Taps into being able to apply the awareness of the emotions being experienced by the self and others in order to successfully manage social interactions (Bradberry, 2014).


Is an EQ Test the Same as an Intelligence Test?

For many years, intelligence tests have been used to look at quantifying a person’s cognitive ability – their capacity to reason and ‘think’. However, EI is a relatively new concept. Hopefully, this article has shown that EI (or ‘EQ’) can be measured, so, can an EQ test be compared to an IQ test?

There is a key, crucial difference between testing EQ versus testing IQ. Notably, IQ (the intelligence quotient) measures, broadly speaking, the ability to learn. It is stable, changing very little across the lifespan. On the other hand, the emotional quotient (EQ) taps into EI – which is a flexible group of skills.

Therefore, like all skills, EI can be learned/acquired. It can be improved with practice.

In other words, it is possible to develop a high EI even if a person is not necessarily ‘born with it’. As has been argued in this article, the ‘ability’ of EI can be measured…therefore, the closest comparison between tests of EQ and so-called ‘intelligence tests’ (such as the Wechsler tests and more recently, the Woodcock-Johnson test) is an abilities-based emotional intelligence test such as the MSCEIT.

Abilities-based EQ tests, such as the MEIS and the MSCEIT assess the actual emotional ‘ability’ of a person, in the same way that an IQ test measures cognitive ability.

Therefore, whilst not ALL EQ tests are the same as an intelligence test, abilities-based EI assessments share similar properties to IQ tests.


A Take-Home Message

The issue of emotional intelligence testing is a really complicated one. Although not all tests of EI can be compared to IQ tests, hopefully this article has explained that EQ is a construct that can be measured. Emotional intelligence is a relatively new area of positive psychology, so expect to hear more about it as time goes on!

This article has provided a detailed look at emotional intelligence testing, including an examination of some EI tests, a closer look at whether EI can be measured by a simple quiz, and exploration of EI in the workplace. However, a highlight for me in writing this article was reading some sample questions from EQ tests – it gave me a good picture of what EI taps into.

Have you ever measured your own emotional intelligence? Perhaps you can follow one of the links and do it today? If you have completed an EI test, were you surprised by the findings? Did they help you learn more about yourself?

Please take a moment to share your thoughts below!

For further reading, see:

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  • Bradberry, T. (2014). Emotional Intelligence – EQ. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2014/01/09/emotional-intelligence/#3919f8be1ac0
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  • Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (2018). Measures. Retrieved from www.eiconsortium.org/
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  • Mind Tools (2019). What’s in an E.I. Questionnaire. Retrieved from https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/ei-quiz.htm
  • Queendom. (2019). Emotional Intelligence Test. Retrieved from https://www.queendom.com
  • Roberts, R. D., Schulze, R., Reid, J., O’Brien, K., MacCann, C., & Maul, A. (2006). Exploring the validity of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) with established emotions measures. Emotion, 6, 663 – 669.
  • Schutte, N. J., Malouff, J. M., Hall, L. E., Haggerty, D. J., Cooper, J. T., Golden, C. J., & Dornheim, L. (1998). Development and validation of a measure of emotional intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 25, 167 – 177.

About the Author

Heather Craig, BPsySc(Hons), is a provisional psychologist, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria. Her current research projects investigate the relationship between optimism and health outcomes in older Australian adults.


  1. G.Subba Rao


    I want ” Emotional Intelligence scale (Goleman)” how can I get please help me.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi G.Subba,

      Goleman is behind the ESCI assessment. You can learn more here and will likely need to get in touch with the tool’s distributor (Korn Ferry) to use it.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  2. Eloy Amaro

    Hi Nicole and team,

    The article is very helpful and interesting.
    I’m an MSc student and I’m working on my dissertation where I talk about the importance of Emotional Intelligence for the resilience of Healthcare companies.
    I would like to know what scale(s), preferably freely available, would you recommend for my research? How do I have access?

    Thank you

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Eloy,

      Glad you found this article helpful. If you’ll be relying on self-reports and looking for a free tool, I tend to recommend the Schutte Self Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT). You’ll find a PDF of all the items here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

      • Eloy Amaro

        I’ll have a look
        Thank you very much 🙂

  3. Tânia Oliveira

    Hello Nicole
    I found your article very helpful and recommended.
    I’m a Master’s student and I’m doing a thesis on “Emotional intelligence in the work of the Certified Accountant”, what would be the most suitable scale for my study.
    Thank you very much in advance

  4. Faith

    Hi! I am currently doing a study about the relationship of emotional intelligence and self-efficacy and one of the questionnaires here fits my study. I would like to ask if the Schutte SREIT is free to use without any payment? And if so, did the author already sent in a letter for its permission to use? I need one for my appendix and I couldn’t find any. I hope you will be able to answer. Thank you.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Faith,

      I believe this scale is freely available to use, yes. You should not need permission from the author. However, if this is a requirement for your course, you can reach out to Nicole Schutte here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  5. Ms. Dimple Parmar

    Dear sir / maam ,
    I am PhD student and i read this article , I am doing my PhD on “Effect of Emotional Intelligence on Academic Performance of Students”. it is necessary for my study to assess emotional intelligence. Can you suggest me some material or reference site from where I can get idea about which scale I can use and how I can calculate EI score of individual. Thank you.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Ms. Dimple,

      Sounds like an interesting study! You’ll find a great review of different emotional intelligence measures (with recommendations) in O’Connor et al. (2019).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Josh,

      I would recommend getting in touch with Mindtools to request this information as I cannot see from this webpage alone whether this test has undergone validation and checks for reliability.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  6. Gracelyn Joy Taguiling


    This is very interesting article.

    Is there a psychometric property of the EI test? What is the standardization and norms of this Emotional Intelligence test?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Gracelyn,

      Do you mean the MSCEIT 2.0? See here for guidelines on the population norms and scoring. Does this help?

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  7. Abel

    Hi there first I thank you for this informative article. Second, could you recommend me a website that could provide full emotional intelligence tests with good psychometric qualities?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Abel,

      You’re welcome — I’m glad you liked the article! For a website with a great list of EI measure (some paid, some free), check out the EI Consortium website.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  8. shaista

    where can i find Bradberry 2014 emotional intelligence Scale?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Shaista,

      This test is available to take here. Given that it is provided as bonus material for the EI 2.0 book, I suspect is probably proprietary. So I would suggest reaching out via the contact form on this website to see if you may use it.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

      • SHAISTA


  9. Naiya Sajjan

    “A study of Frustration Among the School Teachers In relation to Adjustment and Emotional Intelligence” ………………………..is my PhD subject
    Naiya Shashikant Sajjan and i need Questionnaire on teachers Emotional Intelligence.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Naiya,

      For a validated scale assessing emotional intelligence in a sample of teachers, perhaps check out this one by Yin et al. (2013; see Table 1 for the items).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  10. Naiya Sajjan

    Dear sir / maam ,
    I am phd student and i read this article , it is nessasary for my study and i know this is an open access site , but i want to know that may i use it for may Reaserch, with your permission i want to if i use it it will be only used regarding my study , hope you Reply me as soon as possible .. thank you

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Naiya,

      Glad you found the post useful! Yes, we are happy for you to reference this post in your research, provided you could please include a citation and link to the original post in your publication.

      Thank you.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  11. Naiya Sajjan

    Hello , I am phd student of Education and this article is very useful for me thank you very much

  12. Elena Ponomareva

    Dearest Heather, fantastic job done! Absolutely well-rounded and wrapped piece of knowledge, full of samples and useful links! Best practice for an informative article, thank you so, so much!

  13. shaista

    can i find some replacement of goleman scale?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Shaista,

      You may struggle to find an alternative that uses the same dimensions of MSCEIT, but check out this thread on ResearchGate. You could try getting in touch with Kalawski to see if they’ll share the one they created.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  14. shaista syed

    very informative thread thabks alot. I am a research scholar, i want to measure the dimensions of emotional intelligence by goleman. which scale should i use to measure it?
    Also, i found a scale by Belinda Davies,2010. That i found useful but i am not able to get hold of it original paper. please help.

  15. Omar Ghazal

    Is there a standard EQ test for leadership roles? Just like the aptitude tests for employment, leadership roles should require a passing grade in a standard EQ test. Leaders in politics, technologies, military, and so on, should first pass a standard EQ test before meeting any other requirement. Just because a leader is a charismatic public speaker, borderlines a genius IQ, has an impressive resume, is rich, comes from a prestigious family, graduates from a prestigious university, so on and so forth, all these factors do NOT guarantee emotional intelligence. History is filled with such examples. The guarantee is a standard EQ test. Is there such a thing?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Omar,

      The literal answer to your question is yes! There are lots of EQ measures designed to assess the EQ of leaders that have years of research behind them. Unfortunately, EQ is not always assessed when selecting people for leadership positions. There are many reasons why this can be the case. For instance, some HR managers may not believe EQ is important or may sideline it in favor of other attributes (e.g., IQ, charisma) when selecting people for leadership positions. Likewise, sometimes EQ is perceived as a bit of a ‘fluffy’ concept that is not relevant to the workplace, but this is obviously untrue.

      Perspectives are changing, however! It’s being recognized that almost all problems within organizations and institutions and can be boiled down to people-related problems, and these will require EQ to be solved. Therefore, I think we’ll see more assessment of EQ among leaders as time goes on.

      I hope this has given you some food for thought!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  16. vidhya sekaran

    Dear Author,
    Your Article was so useful and informative, thank you so much for shedding light on this huge area. I am currently pursuing my research on the topic”EI as a mediating role on job performance and work from home environment during a pandemic” i am looking for a free scale to measure EI could you please share your suggestions on this

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Vidhya,

      Glad you found the post useful! Sounds like you’re doing some interesting work.

      For a good freely available emotional intelligence measure, check out Schutte et al.’s (1998) scale based on Salovey and Mayer’s model.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

      • Vijay Kannan


        I dont see the a free test at the link provided. What am I missing?

        • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

          Hi Vijay,

          The items are in Table 1 of this paper. However, you can also access them in Table 1 of this paper by Oyindamola et al. (2020) which is free to download from ResearchGate.

          Hope this helps!

          – Nicole | Community Manager

          • Vijay Kannan

            Great! Thanks very much, Nicole. I see the 33 questions and understand the participants will answer the questions on a 5 point scale and across four major areas – emotion perception, utilizing emotions, managing self-relevant emotions, and managing others’ emotions

            How do I grade a response, though? Is there a guide for that?

          • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

            Hi Vijay,

            It can be tricky to get this information about scoring interpretation sometimes, and I don’t think it exists for the SSEIT. It tends to be more common for scales that are applied in clinical settings (e.g., the Beck Depression Inventory), but these cut-offs (e.g., for high, medium, and low levels of a variable) do not always exist outside of clinical settings. However, you will find some data on population means for this scale listed here (see under ‘Normed Data’). So you could use an average of the listed population means as a cut-off for ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ than average in your sample perhaps.

            Sorry I can’t be of more help with this!

            – Nicole | Community Manager

  17. Dr.Asha Damodaran

    I am DrAsha.Your article is very informative and worth reading again.I am looking for a free scale fot indian teenagers.I think still the fact that only high IQ is not adequate to be happy and successful in life.Also for any one to be a really good contributing member of the society.I work for an institutionwhich provides free educatiion to economically handicapped children.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Dr. Asha,

      So glad to read that you found this article useful. Indeed, there’s a lot more to being happy than simply being clever, such as feeling a sense of purpose and having strong social connections. For a good free EQ option, I think the 33-item scale by Schutte and colleagues (1998) may suit your purposes, and I’m confident it’s been used with samples of teenagers before.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  18. Tukur Abdullahi Yanoko

    Good Evening!
    I’m a PhD student currently working on Relationship between Achievement motivation, emotional intelligence and academic performance.
    Please I need some scales to be used achievements motivation and emotional intelligence.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Tukur,

      For a good freely available emotional intelligence measure, check out Schutte et al.’s (1998) scale based on Salovey and Mayer’s model. As for Achievement Motivation, if you are referring to the model of needs by McClelland, I believe this is the most commonly used survey for capturing achievement motivation 🙂

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  19. Anjela Ordinante


    Interesting read!

    Im currently writing my dissertation paper about the role of emotional intelligence towards work-life balance. Do you have access to the EQ appraisal is a skill-based assessment based on Daniel Goleman’s four-factor taxonomy (Bradberry & Su, 2006)?

    Looking forward for your reply.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Anjela,

      Glad you found the post interesting! I think you need to by the Emotional Intelligence 2.0 book by these authors to get access to the test (the book comes with a code you can use online).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  20. k jagannathan

    Hi Nicole,
    Your article was very informative and helpful. I am researching on the impact of EQ during the training phase of officers in the Air force. Can you suggest a suitable tool, easy to administer for 200 cadets, for this work please.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi K,

      Glad you found the post helpful! For an EQ scale that has been used with samples of military personnel (and is brief/straightforward to administer), check out the Wong and Law (2002) Emotional Intelligence Scale, which was used by Koh and O’Higgins (2018).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  21. Andrina Stan

    Hey guys,
    Awesome article. I found it very insightful. I am wondering if you can help answer an question regarding test distribution: If I wanted to offer the EQ-i 2.0 test to my members, my clients, who should I speak to? I am also wondering if I can embed it in our website?
    Thank you for your help.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Andrina,

      I think the EQ-i 2.0 is privately owned, rather than in the public domain, so you would need to obtain permission from the creators to use it in this way. You’ll find more information about the scale (and contact information here).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  22. Aida Muthoni

    Dear Madam, I am currently doing a research report for my undergrad senior project. My topic is the impact of emotional intelligence on stress management in adolescents. What tests would you recommend?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Aida,

      In this paper, the BarON EQ-i inventory is used to assess changes in stress among a population of workers. And there is a version of this inventory designed for administration with adolescents (see here), so perhaps that might be suitable?

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  23. Regina A Thompson

    My name is Regina Thompson ; I am a doctoral learner working on my dissertation and the title is
    ” Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: Perceptions of Success among Northern California K-12 Principals ” My study is qualitative and I will be utilizing two methods; an assessment tool and a interview with study participants. Unfortunate for me , my school district has not reopened so I am having to connect with my human subjects via zoom. I wanted to know how can I get permission to use the ” The Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue)” I am using it for academic research so there is no charge correct. Please provide me guidance in who or where I should send my request to gain permission for the tool’s use. Thanks in advance for your advice.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Regina,

      You’ll find the information for obtaining the TEIQue here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  24. Deiric McCann

    Hi Heather,

    Great article.

    As a Genos International person, I just wanted to alert you to a minor typo – it says that the Genos assessment is “…a valid assessment for individuals aged 7 – 75 years (CREIO, 2018)”.

    There’s a missing digit – the age range should read ’17-75′, not ‘7-75’ 🙂

    Thanks for including us in your peice.


    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Deiric,

      Whoops! Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention 🙂 I’ve amended it now.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  25. janellie c. sumatra

    Yes, this article gives benefit. So interesting. I am working on my doctoral requirement with EI as one major variable with sub-variables which i have also read in here– the EI Grid. I have challenge with my tool– because they were not grouped according to the sub variables which is vital for my data analysis. Can I find one in one of your references? or where can I find? I have browsed with a lot of AI questionnaire but they are not grouped accordingly, like items for self awareness, items for self management, etc.

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Janellie,

      Glad you found the article interesting. I’ve done a quick search but cannot find any scales that measure EI according to the quadrants of the EI Grid, although such a scale might exist and I’m just not managing to find it! You’ll see here beneath the diagram that each quadrant assesses various sub-competencies, so you might be able to get around this problem by finding individual scales at the level of these competencies (although this would entail a lot of scales).

      Sorry I can’t be of more help here!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  26. Maria Haas

    I am a doctoral student interested in studying ways to increase the emotional intelligence of families with elementary school age children. Do you know a self reporting inventory available to use for both adults and children? Thank you for this informative article!

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Maria,

      Sounds like an interesting project! You might be hard-pressed to find an emotional intelligence scale that is suitable for use with both adults and children, depending on the specific age of the child. There appears to be a lot of published work using A.K. Sullivan’s Emotional Intelligence Scale for Children, so I would suggest perhaps reaching out to the author and seeing if you can get a copy of this to see if it meets your needs.

      Hope this helps a little.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  27. sangeetha.u

    i am a PhD scholar. can i get the work group emotional intelligent profile (WEIP) at free of cost?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Sangeetha,

      You may need to contact the creator, Dr. Peter Jordan, to request access to the scale for research purposes. You’ll find his email address on the CREIO website.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  28. sangeetha.u

    hello author,
    this article was excellent.
    iam a research scholar based on emotional social intelligence. can i get the ESCI scale for data collection. it seems to be good and useful for my study. please give necessary details.

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Sangeetha,

      I’ve done a bit of a search. It looks like you may be able to get hold of the ESCI (likely at no cost) and use it for research purposes by contacting Professor Richard Boyatzis, whose email is: Reb2@case.edu

      If you don’t have any luck with that, I’d suggest taking a look at this review, which compares and contrasts the different measures available to find an alternative 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  29. Priya

    Hi Heather,

    Thank you for such an informative article. I am a research student in the area of Emotional Intelligence. I wish to use MSCEIT for academic research purpose. Please suggest if I can get it. Is it paid? How much will be the cost? Thanks in advance

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Priya,

      Glad you enjoyed the article. It looks like the MSCEIT is a paid tool and that you may need to undergo certification to administer it. However, another commenter has noted that these requirements may be relaxed and that the tool may be discounted if you are a student conducting research.

      I’d reach out to the team at MHS, who are the sellers of the tool, to find out more.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  30. Faith

    how easy is it to get the ESCI for research? and if it’s provided free for PhD students, do I need to submit my collected data to the ESCI providing company? if so, is there anyway that I can get access without exchanging data?

    in substitution to ESCI, what do you recommend?
    Many Thanks

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Faith,

      I’ve done a bit of a search. It looks like you may be able to get hold of the ESCI (likely at no cost) and use it for research purposes by contacting Professor Richard Boyatzis, whose email is: Reb2@case.edu

      If you don’t have any luck with that, I’d suggest taking a look at this review, which compares and contrasts the different measures available to find an alternative 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager


    Good day ! Im Omie Kholsum Pinansilo, we are currently working on our research paper and we find this article interesting and related to our study. As a representative from our group I am asking for your permission to let us use some information on this post to be use in our questionnaire.

    Your response to my letter is so much appreciated!

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Omie,

      Glad you found the article interesting! Yes, please feel free to use the scales and tests throughout this post.

      All the best with your research.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  32. Anna Skaarland

    I have been contacting some different companies about their products; the MSCEIT is relatively inexpensive for students at $6 per assessment with a discount; administration requires supervision by someone with at least a Master’s degree.

    The ESCI-U would be $24.50 per assessment plus 12% admin fee.

    The Genos 360 was free for non-commercial research use, and they even provide the key to score in SPSS if you have a qualified supervisor.

  33. Alexandra

    Hi, Heather.

    Great article. I’m currently doing my thesis project in Emotional Intelligence. The end product is an app that will provide some EI guidance. I need to identify the actual gap between EI and the digital environment. Are you aware of any research around this topic?

    At the moment I’m struggling with what scale to use, that is available for non-trained people. I’m thinking of using the Schutte scale, TEIQ, or PEC.


    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Alexandra,

      Sounds like a great thesis topic! Regarding the gap between EI and the digital environment, perhaps take a look at this article, which talks about facial coding technology to read emotions on faces.

      Hope this helps and good luck!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  34. Christopher G. Arellano

    Hi! I’m Christopher G. Arellano from Zamboanga City, Philippines. At present I ‘am a public school elementary teacher here in our local place. Furthermore I am a graduate student of Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling at Western Mindanao State University, and presently undertaking a research study on the EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL QUOTIENT VIS-À-VIS SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP AMONG EDUCATORS. i have a books about Daniel Goleman on EI why it can matter more than IQ and the other one is working with EI.. with this regard can you give me a suggestion or recommendation for the self-assessment tool or instrument on Emotional Intelligence so i can use it for my research study.
    your response to my letter is so much appreciated
    Christopher Arellano

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Christopher,
      I’d recommend checking out this recent EQ scale published by Pekaar et al. (2018). You should find all the validation information in the paper.
      I hope this helps and good luck with your research!
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  35. Angela.CH

    Thank you so much for the official website! Keep in touch, safe and sound!

  36. Lisa

    This is super helpful!… So glad I found this article as it helps inform more of my doctoral studies of EI in the workplace and performance outcomes due to poor EI. I plan to check some of these assessments to try to adapt one for my study.

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Lisa,
      Glad you found this helpful! If you’d like more resources, we offer a free pack of EI exercises available for free download here if you’re interested.
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  37. Smitha J Thundiparampil

    Dear Madam
    I am a PHD scholar and planning to conduct s study among the assessment of EI among the middle aged people.
    Can I use your EI tools for assessing the EI of Middle aged people in the Kerala , India

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Smitha,
      Yes, you should find that most of these tools are made freely available by the authors. In most cases, you should be able to find the published tool by looking in the reference list and visiting the original paper pertaining to the one you are interested in. Just ensure that if you are publishing research that you cite the original authors.
      – Nicole | Community Manager

      • Smitha J Thundiparampil

        Thank you madam Nicole for your timely permission and guidance.

      • Lisle S. Ford


        I’m seeing this great article for the first time today 04-22-22. This was an awesome read and tugged at me to contact you and ask more question. May I contact you off post comments?

        • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

          Hi Lisle,

          So glad you found this article helpful. Unfortunately, I’m not available to provide one-to-one advice beyond this comment section. But if you’re looking for this, I’d try dropping a message to the folks at EI Consortium. They’re experts on EI tests and should be able to help (or point you in the right direction) 🙂

          – Nicole | Community Manager

  38. Shaik asif ali

    Interesting points covered in the article, classification of E.I and its tests explained in detailed manner.Hats off to your efforts…Thank you.


    Thanks for sharing. Which test will be most effective to judge listening ability of metric level students.

  40. Carlos Costa Pinto

    Super helpful!

  41. Asma

    Hi Heather
    can i ask you for permission for using your questionnaire

    • Annelé Venter

      Hi Asma
      Since I am not sure which questionnaire you are referring to, you are welcome to follow the links under the heading ‘Six EQ Self-assessments’ to find the sources of various questionnaires.

  42. Laurent

    Hi heather, can I ask you further questions In regards to the 4 types of Ei.

    • Annelé Venter

      Hi Laurent
      We always encourage interaction, but should your question not be answered here you are welcome to join our community of professionals by signing up for the toolkit or one of the other products. We have a thriving community where Ei questions and much more are discussed.

  43. deepika dabke

    Very well collated. You have simply made it so easy for anyone who is interested. Thanks and ton.

  44. jane frances

    Very comprehensive! Thank you for this article. Sharing…

  45. Gayatri Dwivedi

    Really…. the piece was helpful. I teach EI to under graduates. I have all the theory but looking for something that really makes them better and insightful.
    Best wishes and thanks.

  46. Kris Reyes

    Thank you! This is a helpful article. I am also studying about EI and in the process of constructing an indigenous EI Inventory for my MA thesis. Do you have any thoughts to share about my project? Thanks!

  47. Yaniv

    Truely a great article!

  48. Janette

    Which open-sourced EI/EQ test has research supporting the reliability and validity of the test? I would like to use one for a research survey that I am conducting among College Students.
    Thank you.

  49. Master Lee


  50. Mr K Lee

    I lack social skills and coping skills. Where can I get help for that ?

  51. Kanwal Jit Singh Chopra

    Please send few Psychometric Tests asses and used for work place assessment of others ,along with interpretation of score( in downloadable format)

  52. Luis Yepes

    Thanks a lot for such a good article!!!

  53. Islamiart

    Thank you soo much..
    very interesting article

  54. Roxane Vezina

    Hello Heather,
    This is a very useful article to cover in a short period of time this very interesting topic: Emotional Intelligence.
    I currently use regularly 2 tools in my Coaching Practice:
    1) a Personality Profile: The MPO Questionnaire
    2) a very extensive TEST, providing Benchmarks and probability of success in different careers (from CEO of a non-profit to an CFO or an R&D Manager) called Successfinder
    Thank you very much,
    Cordially from Montreal,

  55. Pham Thanh Lan

    Please sent to me a EQ Test for Workplace

    • Anurag Mishra

      Hi Heather,
      Greetings, hopefully you are fine. The Emotional Intelligence Tests and Assessments which you have shared are very reliable.
      I am going to work on my PhD. I would like to focus on Emotional Intelligence and its impact on workplace behaviour. Major Focus on Leadership and motivational theories’ would like to cover Interpersonal and Intrapersonal behaviour,Internsci and Extrinsic behaviour, Conflict management and Mood variance on Team in of Private and Education Institutional sectors .
      I have gone through Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and also the work done by Daniel Goleman along with Big 5 personality test on it.
      But I have to decide the concrete topic related to it.Could you please suggest on it?
      Also can you suggest me on some particular websites related to Research papers and journals related to work done on Emotional Intelligence on Motivational and leadership theories? I will be Thankful to you.Awating for your response.


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