Your personality is a big part of who you are. It determines how you act in certain situations, what makes you comfortable and uncomfortable, and how you cope with changes and challenges. This activity presents you with 32 different scenarios and asks you how you would respond. There are no right or wrong answers. You should answer as honestly and quickly as you can; don't over-think it. Select an answer for each scenario by clicking on it. Advance through the profile by clicking on the "Next" button at the bottom of the page.
01. On the first day of school, your science teacher splits you into study groups. Your first thought is:
02. You lend a friend your skateboard. When you ask for it back, he tells you it was stolen. Although you have no evidence, you think he might be lying. What's your reaction?
03. You get called on for a question you don't immediately know the answer to. You:
04. You arrive at a party before any of your friends get there. What do you do?
05. A good friend wants to try out for the soccer team. You know how uncoordinated he is. What do you do?
06. When someone asks you to describe your best friend, what kind of information are you more likely to give:
07. You work hard at your after school job. You wish your boss would:
08. What kinds of classes are your favorite?
09. Your parents make a deal with you. Either they'll give you the money to go to the concert with your friends this weekend, or they'll give you more money toward your Spring Break plans. Which do you take?
10. I miss deadlines:
11. The study method that helps me most is:
12. Of the following, my biggest pet peeve is:
13. Which of these best describes your study space at home?
14. You finally finish Assassin's Creed III. Now what do you do?
15. Your Spanish class is planning a trip to Mexico. If you had a hand in the planning, what would you choose to see?
16. A classmate is in danger of failing for the year unless you give her some of the answers for the final. What do you do?
17. What kinds of projects do you like better?
18. Of the following, which bothers you more?
19. You witness a fight in the cafeteria and are brought before the principal to talk about what happened. You tell her:
20. A friend is worried about getting into college and comes to talk to you about it. You:
21. The weekend before a big project is due you get an invite to go camping with friends. What do you do?
22. At the end of the school day, my favorite thing to do is:
23. People sometimes say I'm:
24. Your football coach tells you that he needs to cut one of the team's receivers and wants your opinion, confidentially, on who should go. Jason is a hard worker who has tried to make the team for two years now; football is his life. Dallas is a better player, but he plays varsity for two other sports, both of which he says he likes better than football. Whom do you pick to cut?
25. At the start of the school year, you receive a flyer about an internship opportunity for the next summer that sounds interesting. What do you do?
26. Which one of these sentences can you most imagine yourself saying:
27. The study method that helps me most is:
28. When I'm angry about something:
29. You're asked to run for school council. Which position would appeal to you more?
30. The students in your art class are critiquing each others' work. What are you more likely to talk about in your critiques?
31. Which is more likely to bother you during a timed group project presentation:
32. You invite a friend over after school. The next day, you hear her talking to a group of people about the cool stuff you have at your house. How do you feel?
We're all born with a tendency toward certain personality traits. Think about your siblings or friends; most likely, they would have answered many of these questions differently than you. But personality does take a while to develop. And environmental factors like parents or outside circumstances can make us act against our natural preferences. If this personality result doesn't seem right to you, try coming back in a month or two and taking it again. Or you can browse personality types here to see if one is a better match.
Hopefully, though, this description sounds just like you. While it might not be a surprise, you may not have thought about how important it is to align a career with your personality strengths. For example, if you love the limelight, you may not be happy working in the background (say, producing a TV show). If you like to take your time and analyze the options before making decisions, being a trauma surgeon might not work for you. Instead, you can find careers that will support and nourish your natural talents. These careers will automatically feel more fulfilling and you'll probably be more successful in them.