I’ve started noodling around on the web, looking for emotional intelligence tests that people can take for free — or for a not-extraordinary fee.
I’m going to write about a few of these this week (with the proviso that I’m not a psychologist and therefore can’t critique them with a trained professional’s eye.)
For instance, today I took ten minutes to take the Emotional Intelligence test at Queensdom.com — a site that is chock full of self tests of all kind. Half of it had to do with my ease around others, my feelings of self esteem, and my rating of my own professional and emotional abilities. The other half tested my ability to recognize emotions of people in photographs and then to come up with constuctive solutions to their problems.
As you can imagine, I love this stuff — so I was quite entertained while taking it.
The initial “free” report that I got back was brief (it said I had a slightly higher than average EQ, but not as high as it could be) and was clearly a teaser for buying the full report. Imagine my surprise when I explored this option and discovered the full report was only $6.95.
In the interests of professionalism (and not, of course, vanity) I bought the report and got five full pages of analysis, which I actuallly thought was pretty accurate. The report included an introduction to the notion of emotional intelligence; graphs mapping my abilities in different areas (e.g., emotional insight, emotional ability, social empathy, and motivation); a detailed discussion of my strengths (pat-pat-on-the-back) and weaknesses (ouch); and some general advice on how to increase emotional intelligence.
I thought the material was interesting, written at a high level (i.e., not a “pop” version of emotional intelligence), and pretty thorough.
But there were some parts that were confusing. In the “social insight and empathy” section of the test, for instance, I was told I might come across as “narrow-minded” and “insensitive.” Yet in the “emotional insightfulness” section, I was told I would rarely appear “insensitive.” Similarly, in the “Social Insight and Empathy” section I was told I scored “way above average,” but then told most people scored high.
Overall, however, it was an engaging, educational test — a good way to learn both about yourself and various components of emotional intelligence.