Frequently Asked Questions

MBTI® can help you identify your unique strengths and blind spots. The information provides an opportunity to learn more about you, your natural strengths and potential areas for growth. It helps you understand why you are a certain way. It also creates awareness and understanding about people and why they do and say the things they do.

The minimum age recommended to take the MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®) assessment is 13 years. This recommendation is based on the assumption that individuals at this age have developed enough self-awareness to accurately reflect on their preferences and answer questions meaningfully, which is framed at the 7th-grade reading level.

Though there is no time stipulation, normally it takes approximately 20-40 minutes to answer the 93 questions. It is okay to finish it in shorter or longer time. This is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers, it is an assessment to understand your own preferences.
People tend to be attracted to, and are usually most satisfied, in careers that make use of their preferences. MBTI® assessment gives your psychological type that highlights your preferences, an invaluable tool in career planning.

It is important to note that psychological type provided by MBTI® does not explain everything. This is about preferences, not knowledge, skills, interests or ability, all of which should also be considered in a career decision.
After more than 60 years of research, the current MBTI® assessment is the most widely used instrument for understanding normal personality differences. Used by an average of 1.5 million people each year, MBTI® has been translated into over 30 languages.

Some estimates have it that over 10,000 companies, 2,500 colleges and universities and 200 government agencies in the United States alone use the MBTI®. It has been estimated that 50 million people have taken the Myers-Briggs personality test since the Educational Testing Service first added the research to its portfolio in 1962.

According to CPP, the company that administrates the MBTI®, college and universities worldwide use the test, as do 89 of the Fortune 100 companies.
The MBTI® instrument was the first tool to describe healthy, normal personalities rather than abnormal ones. Knowledge of type helps people better understand themselves and each other, resulting in more effective and satisfying human interaction.

No other personality assessment is backed by as much research and as many years of use as is the MBTI® instrument, which has been taken by millions of people worldwide. The MBTI® instrument is continually updated through ongoing research to ensure its ability to identify meaningful personality differences.
The MBTI® assessment is a self-report tool—it gives you answers based on what you report about yourself—so in one sense, it may tell you many things you already know. But knowing something and being able to use it effectively in your life are two vastly different things.

Most people enjoy taking the MBTI® assessment, and when they get their results, they feel affirmed in that they’ve received an accurate description of their personality. Many go on to set new goals and improve their careers, make better decisions and have better relationships.

Further, the MBTI® is required to be administered by a Certified Practitioner, to have a feedback session with the Practitioner about your assessment results in order to get a best-fit personality type. This means you get to know more about your personality and its implications.
No. It indicates preferences and reveals nothing about skills or abilities. The classic example is signing your name. Each of us has a preferred hand for writing. We can use the other hand, but it feels odd, awkward, and uncomfortable. The same is true for the four scales of preferences in MBTI®. We have our own preferences on each scale. Like our hands, we use both sides every day. Yet one hand is our dominant hand. The MBTI® helps us discover more about our dominant preferences.
Yes. MBTI®’s reliability has been proven statistically, and its validity firmly established in numerous studies.

Reliability is about consistent results – Do people tend to reply to the items in the same way when they take the assessment later, and do they tend to get the same four-letter type? Can you count on the results?

Validity refers to the instrument’s ability to identify psychological types according to Carl Jung’s theory. Does it measure properly what it is intended to measure?
  • Culture: No, MBTI® type is universal. That is, the personalities of all human beings are structured in accordance with type theory, regardless of culture. Support for this universality comes from the fact that many translations of the MBTI® questionnaire are used successfully.
  • Age: No, type does not change with age as it deals with inborn preferences (think about your preferred hand for writing). However, an important aspect of Jung’s theory (on which MBTI® is modeled) is its focus on the development of personality throughout the life span. For example, in childhood and adolescence, type is not fully differentiated, and there is a ‘trying out’ of the functions. We get better at using a greater range of the preferences throughout life, although this can be helped or hindered according to the environment.
  • Mood: One’s preferred type does not change as it is inborn, but it is possible to use all of the preferences, and mood is likely to affect the choice of preference used. For example, under stress, the least preferred function that is least developed is expressed in a distorted way, which could result in an uncharacteristic behavior.
The Strong Interest Inventory® (SII) is an interest inventory used in career assessment. The goal of this assessment is to give insight into a person’s interests, so that they may have less difficulty in deciding on an appropriate career choice for themselves. SII essentially matches people to educational fields and careers that best fits them. This can help you pick an educational direction, find a satisfying start to your career, change careers if you need to or encourage career development when you’re stagnant.

At its core level, the Strong Interest Inventory® is based on the idea you are more productive and satisfied when you work at a job you find interesting with like-minded people.

It is used extensively in school settings for giving students educational guidance in career counseling

The minimum age recommended to take the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is typically 14 years. This recommendation ensures that individuals have enough maturity and self-awareness to provide meaningful responses to the assessment questions

Though there is no stipulated time, it takes about 30-45 minutes to complete the 291 questions.

The Strong Interest Inventory® (SII) is the most respected and widely used instrument for career exploration/planning worldwide. Introduced in 1927, it has evolved over many decades to continuously work effectively across genders and ethnicities. Its latest 2023 report edition, the Strong Interest Inventory® 244 Career Satisfaction Report, also adjusted its occupational scales for the ever-evolving job market with 243 updated occupations including new technology-driven fields. Further, it indicates your choice of academic courses, basic interest fields, and personality style preferences, which all are indicators of your future career stream. Simply put, the Strong Interest Inventory® continues with its reputation as being the gold standard in career development.

No, it does not examine your abilities or skills. The Strong Interest Inventory® is an ‘inventory of your interests’. With 244 questions in its latest edition of Strong Interest Inventory® 244 Career Satisfaction Report, the Strong Interest Inventory® can indicate your choice of occupations, academic courses, basic interest fields, and personality styles

The Strong Interest Inventory® test has had countless studies over its 80 plus-year existence to confirm its validity. The SII has also been updated throughout to adapt to the ever-changing work environment.
The Strong compares your interests to people who are working in various professions.

The Myers-Briggs sorts your personality preferences for decision making, taking in energy, gathering information, and lifestyle to show how you prefer to live your life.
There are many free personality and interest inventory tests and assessments available on the Internet. Though some of these tests attempt to mimic MBTI® or Strong, they are neither valid nor reliable in assessing you.

The MBTI® test has been rewritten for validity and cross-culturally tested for over 40 years. Strong has been in existence for over 80 years and tested rigorously for validity over the decades.