In America today, personality testing is a growing industry of $400 million, with testing ranging from education to employment to fun online questionnaires (Paul, 2004, xiv). Personality testing begins in the elementary schools so students can gain admission into certain programs or be diagnosed for academic problems, and it continues on through the professions so people can advance their careers. The first personality test was designed in the early 1920s to help with personnel selection in the armed forces, but now a plethora of such tests exist.
One of the most famous personality tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This test “is now given to 2.5 million people each year, and is used by 89 of the companies in the Fortune 100” (Paul, 2004, xiii). Another widely used personality test is the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory which is considered to be reliable and valid by many psychologists. These two examples of personality tests are used to look at changes in personality, screen job candidates, and diagnose psychological problems. Many teachers give personality tests in class so children can realize their strengths and learning styles (Personality test, 2013). Further research claims that the combined results of a number of these personality tests can help teachers “make fairly accurate judgments concerning student progress and change in these areas” (Miller, Linn, & Gronlund, 2009, 36-37). Continue reading