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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 24th April 2008

Description of the 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

Authors: John Rust

Test Publisher: Pearson Assessment

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