Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 12th October 2009

Description of the Test

The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) is designed to assess emotional intelligence in adults. It uses an ability-based model and seeks to measure how well people reason and enhance thought with emotions, and solve emotional problems. It provides a single overall performance level as well as sub scores reflecting different facets of emotional intelligence at various levels. The MSCEIT has 8 subtests and takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete. It is available via the internet, local PC application or as a paper and pencil exercise. The latter must be returned to the publishers for scoring. Computer generated interpretation reports are available. The test designers conceive of emotional intelligence as having a four-branch sub-structure with two subtests for each branch. Perceiving emotions accurately (subscales – faces and pictures) Using emotions to facilitate thinking (subscales – facilitation and sensations) Understanding emotions (subscales– changes and blends) Managing emotions for personal growth (subscales – emotion management and emotional relationships) Responses are scored by comparison with a reference group – either general population or experts in emotion – and are reported on an IQ like scale. As well as the overall score, there are scores for each subscale, branch and for 2 areas, experiential and strategic, which are derived by combining the branch scores in pairs. A number of response style scales are available in addition. Applications in corporate, educational, clinical, medical and research settings are envisaged. It is suggested that in the occupational sphere results might be relevant in recruitment and selection, individual development, career counselling, outplacement and team building.

Authors: J.D. Mayer, P. Salovey, D.R. Caruso 

Test Publisher: MHS (UK)