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Summary of Test Review

General description of Test

PQ10 is a psychometric measure of normal personality aimed at working-aged adults and intended for use in occupational settings. It is a 90-item instrument assessing ten scales that are facets of the Big Five – two facets assessing each Big Five dimension – Extraversion (Power and Sociability), Openness (Inquisitiveness and Creativity), Conscientiousness (Drive and Orderliness), Emotional Stability (Emotionality and Confidence) and Agreeableness (Compassion and Diplomacy). The Big Five dimensions are further grouped into two meta-traits of Plasticity (Openness and Extraversion) and Stability (Agreeableness, Emotional Stability and Conscientiousness). According to some recent studies, plasticity relates to individual differences in the functioning of the dopamine system (associated with exploration and reward-related action) and stability is linked to the serotonin system (associated with satisfaction and constraint). As well as the meta-traits, the ten individual facets are also supposed to be closely linked with the dopamine-serotonin regulation. Thus, it can be argued that the model upon which PQ10is based can be considered neurobiologically determined. Apart from 10 content scales, the instrument has two impression management scales (Social Desirability and Central Tendency) that are derived from the same set of items measuring the 10 main scales. There are 16 language versions of PQ10 (however, only the English-language version is the subject of the current review).

Various standard norms are available for the tool and the option is also provided for the creation of norms to meet particular needs.  The following standard norms are available:  International Norm (N=29,630), Asian Norm (N=3522), Australia and New Zealand Norm (N=16,236), Australia and New Zealand Applicant Norm (N=13,448), Australia and New Zealand Non-Applicant Norm (N=2788), Turkish Norm (N=33,303) and a UK Norm (N=1237).  

Four different individual report options are available, tailored towards specific purposes and data needs.  These are:  PQ10 Select (highlighting strengths and challenges, for decision making), PQ10 Develop (highlighting strengths and challenges, to support coaching discussions), PQ10 Feedback (for the candidate) and Work Styles (provides reporting around conflict styles, leadership styles and team roles). Group Reports (excel data overviews for comparison) are also available.


Authors of Original Test

Dr Nigel Guenole 

Date of Original Review

Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition


Test Type

Personality - Trait

Main Area of Use

Work and Occupational

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