Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire

Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire

Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire

Name Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire

It is a comprehensive measure designed for measuring personality. The purpose of it to found complete picture of personality in both the professional and personal spheres. Its accurate predictions of behavior and potential of individuals

Population Ages 16 and above
Score The test can be hand-scored using a set of scoring keys, or computer-scored by mailing-in or faxing-in the answer sheet to the publisher IPAT
Time 35–50 minutes for the paper-and-pencil version and about 30 minutes by computer
Author Raymond B. Cattell
Publisher Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.

It was a revolutionary concept measuring the whole of human personality using structure discovered through factor analysis. It was First published in 1949, the 16PF Questionnaire has had four major revisions, in 1956, 1962, 1968, and the fifth edition in 1993. The latest edition contains 185 multiple-choice items, with a three point answer format. Item content is non-threatening, asking about daily behavior, interests, and opinions. The short ability scale items (Factor B) are grouped together at the end of the questionnaire with separate instructions.


A subject’s raw score for each of the 16 primary factors is obtained through a weighted procedure where particular responses count as “1” or “2” summative toward the final raw score. These weighted or unweighted sums are then compared to the desired normative score tables in the tabular supplement where a particular sten score is identified based on the magnitudinal range of the response and the individual normative demographics of the respondent. This sten score is entered on the profile form and subsequently depicted graphically for ease of interpretation.

Reliability and Validity

For the 16PF primary scales, test–retest reliabilities average 0.80 over a two-week interval (ranging from 0.69 to 0.87), and 0.70 over a two-month interval (ranging from 0.56 to 0.79). Internal consistency estimates for the 16PF primary scales on a diverse sample of 4,660, range from 0.66 to 0.86, with a mean of 0.75 (Conn and Rieke, 1994).


The norms were constructed for high-school juniors and seniors, college students, and a general nation-wide population of age and income levels commensurate with the then current U.S. Bureau of Census figures.

Suggested Uses

The 16PF Questionnaire can be used in a wide range of settings, including industrial/organizational, counseling and clinical, basic research, educational, and medical settings.

Prepared by

Namra Sarwar

November 16, 2015 / by / in ,
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