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Test Name:Orpheus
Author of Original Test: John Rust
Local test distributor / publisher:Pearson Assessment
Date of Current Review:2004
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:24 Apr 2008
Type of Test:Personality - State
Main Area of Use:Work and Occupational
Constructs Measured:fellowship, authority, conformity, emotion, and detail
Administration Mode:Interactive individual administration
Computerised locally-installed application - supervised/proctored
Computerised Web-based application - unsupervised/self-assessment
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of Test:Orpheus is a 190-item questionnaires where the items are answered on a 1-5 scale ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. It can be completed either by computer or by pencil and paper. Scoring must be performed by computer and if the pencil-and-paper form is used the answers need keying individually. The instrument yields 16 scores which fall into three groups: Five major scales which aim to reflect the ‘Big Five’ personality factors they are named: (1) Fellowship vs extroversion (2) Authority vs tough-mindedness, (3) Conformity vs openness to experience (4) Emotion vs neuroticism (5) Detail vs conscientiousness Seven minor scales which aim to measure Prudentius’ (a fourth-century Roman poet) view of integrity. (1) Proficiency vs in carrying out tasks (2) Work orientation vs work ethic (3) Patience vs aggression control in ’whatever form’ (4) Fairmindedness vs balance in judging others’ acts (5) Loyalty vs obedience to company policy (6) Disclosure vs social desirability; lack of openness (7) Initiative vs sense of purpose and forward looking Response audit scales, which aim to measure whether responses are legitimate. These scores are not reported but if their combined total exceeds a limit, the software will not print a narrative report. If a technical report is requested, it carries a warning. (1) Dissimulation vs social desirability (2) Ambivalence vs contradiction (3) Despondency vs faking bad (4) Inattention vs completing questionnaire in haphazard fashion

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