For my final EQ quiz, I chose what looked like a relatively simple one on About.com..
It’s a quick and easy quiz to take — just one multiple choice question per screen. Alas, as with other EQ tests that I looked at (but didn’t actually review), this one would be easy to throw, because the “right” (i.e., emotionally intelligent) answer is relatively clear.
Moreover, as with all the tests, if you report your reactions honestly, your EQ score will go down.
I knew, for instance, that to choose the answer “I have an easy time making friends and getting to know new people” would give me a higher score than the statement, “I get along well with others, but I have to really get to know someone before they become a true friend.” But I also know myself well enough to know the latter is true. Honesty — or self-awareness — doesn’t seem to garner points here, despite the fact that self awareness is a cornerstone of emotional intelligence.
Finally, the results were so generalized as to be useless. According to this test, I have “higher than average emotional intelligence,” but could benefit on working on some areas more. But the website gives no details on just which areas I should work on, or what that work might entail.
I give this test a “below average” ranking for intelligence.