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What is the difference between objective and projective personality tests?

Can someone please outline the differences between them?

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An objective personality test is administered by someone else...it is a standardized test that one fills out (multiple choice, t/f, etc.). A subjective personality test is one in which a person assesses themselves. Are you depressed? Are you happy? Their own opinion is asked vs. a professional making the assessment of the person.


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Re: What is the difference between objective and projective personality tests?
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009, 09:56:56 PM »
there's a lot of explanation for this out there....you can wiki it, you can google it...some of the main differences between them are the form of the test and the way someone score the test. objective test, usually come in form of multiple choice where you have to choose which answer truly represent you (such as in Myers-Briggs or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), and there's a guideline for the scoring. Projective test usualy come in form of ambiguous picture where the tester ask your immediate response over the picture that being shown to you (such as thematic apperception test or Rorschach test). there also other projective personality test where the tester ask you to draw something (such as Wartegg or Draw a person test). the assumption of projective tests are : your response or drawing will project your personality (thus come the name "projective" test). the scoring usually doesn't have a clear guideline. the assessor sometimes use their subjective interpretation (commmonly found on clinical setting).


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Re: What is the difference between objective and projective personality tests?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 05:14:40 PM »
an objective test is something like the myers briggs personality test. There is a rubric for scoring, and the participant may only pick from a predefined list of answers. An example of a projective test would be the TAT or Rorsach Ink Blots. In these tests the participant is said to "project" onto the images that they are shown. Also, there is not a firm rubric for scoring / interpreting the answers.

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