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Note: This test review was done by BPS on 27th September 2007

Description of the Test

cdaq® is based on the Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) concept of a ‘metaprogramme’ which is an approach to understanding the world and responding to it. Metaprogrammes are cognitive frameworks that underpin information processing, decision-making and interaction with others. They can be used to understand an individual’s preferred thinking and behavioural style. This NLP based rationale distinguishes the cdaq® from other trait based questionnaires in that it attempts to tap somewhat different constructs. The questionnaire is designed for use in an occupational context and the metaprogrammes measured were selected with this in mind. Suggested applications include selection and development as well as career counselling, leadership style and team development. cdaq® can be administered via an internet link or as a paper and pencil task. Completion takes around 20- 30 minutes. Scoring is only via the internet link and a computer generated feedback report is available. The questionnaire contains 106 forced choice items with two options reflecting opposite end of a single scale. There are 11 bipolar scales based on different NLP ‘meta programmes’ and an additional social desirability scale. Internal-External – reliance on internal processes or reference to others in making decisions People orientation-Activity orientation – people versus task focus Possibility-Reality – relative preference for abstract ideas or facts and practicalities Towards-Away from – driven to achieve positive outcomes versus avoid negative consequences Same-Difference – preference for the familiar and stable versus variety and change Options-Procedures – tendency to follow established rules and procedures or to try out alternative approaches Accept-Evaluate – the balance of trust and caution in relationships with others Active-Reflective – preference for doing versus thinking Global-Detail – focus on the ‘bigger picture’ as opposed to detail Perfecting-Optimising – need for perfection versus pragmatic view on standards Closure-Non closure –the need to complete a task versus a tendency to move on leaving things unfinished. Social Desirability – an indicator of whether the respondent has responded in an unduly positive or negative manner.

Test Publisher: The cda Organisation Ltd.

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