The Big 5 personality test is one of the best psychometric personality tests in all of psychology. As you may already know, there are a ton of personality tests out there.
I’m not a fan of those ‘Which planet are you?’ type of quizzes that are widely popular on social media. I dislike them so much that I even wrote an article against them and other not-so-accurate tests. I like my personality tests accurate.
Over the past few decades, psychologists have come up with very robust personality tests. The culmination of this extensive research is the Big Five Personality Test or Big Five Inventory (BFI).
As the name suggests, the test measures human personality on five big or broad dimensions. These dimensions are Extraversion (often called Extroversion), Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness.
These five personality dimensions are universal and are the products of both nature and nurture. Although these traits can change with experience, studies have found that they tend to remain stable during the course of adulthood.
Note that each dimension on the Big Five Personality Test represents one end of the two extremes of a scale.
Hence, Extraversion represents one end of the Extraversion-Introversion scale. The other scales are Agreeableness vs Antagonism, Conscientiousness vs Lack of direction, Neuroticism vs Emotional stability and Openness vs Closeness to experience.
Taking the Big 5 psychometric personality test
The test consists of 44 items and for each item, you have to choose an answer on a 5-point scale ranging from ‘Disagree’ to ‘Agree’. Choose the option that best describes you.
Your personal information will not be taken. Also, your results are not stored in our database. The test takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
John, O. P., & Srivastava, S. (1999). The Big Five trait taxonomy: History, measurement, and theoretical perspectives. Handbook of personality: Theory and research, 2(1999), 102-138.
Hi, I’m Hanan Parvez (MBA, MA Psychology), founder and author of PsychMechanics. I’ve written 280+ articles and published one book about human behavior on this blog that has garnered over 3 million views. PsychMechanics has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, and Entrepreneur.