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Tools Supporting Learning and Psychometric Questionnaires For Individual and Team Development

The list of instruments below includes Pearson’s range of psychometric and self-development questionnaires designed to support learning and development interventions for both individuals and teams. They are all designed to be used with adults aged 16+.

-Honey and Mumford LSQ Series

-Behavioural Series - online questionnaires

-Golden: a measure of Type Personality Preference

-CSI: a measure of style of problem solving and decision making

-SOSIE: a measure of personality traits and values

-Watson-Glaser: measuring critical thinking ability


Honey and Mumford’s Learning Styles Series

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The most famous instrument in this range is the Learning Style Questionnaire (LSQ - 40 and 80 item versions) which was designed to measure how individuals prefer to learn and is based on a revision of Kolb’s theory of learning style.

The results of the questionnaire rank an individual’s preferences in the following areas:


Activists who have a tendency to like new situations and act quickly and take risks

Reflectors who tend to be cautious, more passive and slow to reach decisions

Theorists who tend to be rational and objective and dislike disorder and ambiguity

Pragmatists who tend to be task focused, practical and realistic and disinterested in theories.

The theory is that all learners should go through each stage or style to become balance learners.

The reports generated from completion of the online questionnaires contain development tips.

The instrument was not been designed as a psychometric tool but it has been used by thousands of organisations for over 20 years to help individuals take stock of how they learn. It is a widely-respected self-development tool.

The LSQs (40 and 80 item) are available as a hard copy booklet or as an online questionnaire with a report

Other questionnaires offered as in-depth booklets are:

- Learning Styles Helper’s Guide

- The Trainer Styles Questionnaire

- Continuing Personal Development

- How to Become a More Effective Learner

- Teams and Teamwork

- Valuing Diversity


Behavioural Series of online questionnaires

This series of online questionnaires contains useful, cost-effective tools designed to aid development in a number of competency areas.

There are over 30 individual online questionnaires in the series and reports highlight an individual’s strengths and development areas in the following six clusters or groupings:


Adaptability High Standards Inter-personal skills Managing Problem solving Self-management
Embracing change Acting with integrity Teamworking Providing Direction Being innovative Business Awareness
Flexibility Customer Service Negotiating Performance Management Critical Thinking Self-Development
Risk Management Quality Conscious Influencing Motivating Others Planning Self-Motivation
  Valuing Diversity Face-to-Face Skills Leading Teams Problem Solving & Decision Making Stress Tolerance
    Communication Knowledge Management Strategic Thinking Taking Responsibility
    Assertiveness Developing People   Time Management
      Delegation   Commitment
      Change Management    


Questionnaires are available on a pay-as–you-go basis or for organisations wishing to buy 20 or more tests (of a single title) micro-sites are available allowing you to administer the questionnaires yourself and with useful management information

Manuals and Books

A range of manual containing ready-made training materials and packed with useful information is available.

These include:

– Peter Honey’s 21 Questionnaires For Personal Development

– Achieving Results Through Action Learning

– Coaching for Managers

– The Competence Toolkit

– The Delegation Pack

– Developing Interpersonal Skills

– Explore Your Values

– How to Chair Meetings Effectively

– How to Choose the Right Development Method

– How to Produce Personal Development Plans

– The Learning Company Toolkit

– Making 360 Appraisal Work for You

– Making Continuous Improvement a Reality

– NLP and Leadership

– Performance Appraisal

No training is required to purchase any products in the Learning Styles Series


Golden Personality Type Profiler (GPTP)

GPTP is a psychometric questionnaire measuring personality based on the psychological Type theory of Carl Jung’s theory of Type and BIG 5 trait theorists.

There are five global scales and 18 sub-facet scales which look at differences between those with the same preferences or Type. Global scales measure:

– Preferred way of being energised: Extraversion or introversion

– Preferred way of taking in a processing information: Sensing or Intuition

– Preferred way of making decisions: Thinking or Feeling

– Preferred lifestyle: Organized or Adapting

– Reactions to emotional stressors: Tense or Calm

Training is required to purchase and interpret Golden


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Cognitive Style Index (CSI)


CSI is a 38 item psychometric questionnaire based primarily on the different behaviours associated with left and right brain orientation.


CSI has been constructed following a review of various models and literature and it measures an individual’s preference for:

– problem solving

– carrying-out tasks

– decision making

– learning.

CSI has been independently reviewed to have excellent psychometric properties. It has been used in a number of development interventions for both individuals and teams and is a useful instrument to help raise awareness of self and others in areas important to work.

No training is required to purchase or interpret the CSI


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SOSIE contains 88 items and measures personality traits as well as interpersonal and personal values.


It is more than a simple personality measure; it also identifies a person’s values system to reliably predict their motivations, behaviour and adaptation to a role and/or organisational culture.

SOSIE™ is used in both recruitment and development.

SOSIE has 20 scales: 8 measuring personality traits, and 12 relating to interpersonal and personal values. Profile and interpretive reports are available

Training is required to purchase and interpret SOSIE


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Watson-Glaser test of Critical Thinking Ability (W-GCTA)


Critical thinking is the ability to look at a situation and clearly understand it from multiple perspectives whilst separating facts from opinions and assumptions. With over 85 years of ongoing development, Watson-Glaser has earned its reputation as THE global measure of critical-thinking ability. W-GCTA is used widely in selection but there is evidence that, in many instances, critical thinking ability can be developed.


The test contains 40 items and can be completed online or in paper formats. When used online in development interventions a report highlighting how to leverage strengths in critical thinking and create a development plan is automatically generated.


BPS Level A training is required to purchase and interpret the Watson-Glaser


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Orpheus and Giotto

Both of these measure personality traits. Orpheus is a normative work-based measure of personality and provides a comprehensive measure of a candidate's personality, assessing traits that will contribute to an individual's performance at work. The Orpheus report will answer the most important questions about both potential and current employees:

- How will potential employees integrate into the team?

- How do they cope in stressful and demanding environments?

- Can they think for themselves?

- Will they really FIT into your organisation?

Giotto is a measure of personal integrity. The measure is particularly suited for use pre-interview, indicating particular aspects of a candidate's work-based behaviour and attitudes which may benefit from further probing during the selection process. Giotto recognises the potential difficulties inherent in the accurate measurement of integrity and is therefore presented as an ipsative questionnaire. This helps to avoid the contaminating effects of a candidate lying or faking.

BPS Level B training in the use of a personality Trait instrument is required to purchase and interpret Orpheus or Giotto