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The TPAQ-Competency Profile

Assess your candidates against eight essential workplace relevent competencies in around 15 minutes.

Key Benefits

  • grey information icon Measures key workplace relevent competencies
  • grey list icon 128 questions
  • grey clock icon Untimed. Typically takes around 15 minutes
  • grey anonymous profile icon Apprentices, graduates, professionals, managers, senior executives
  • grey 4 point zig-zag chart with trend going up icon Industry-leading computer adaptive questionnaire
  • grey man with arms outstretched and raised icon Reduce adverse impact
  • grey eye icon Supervised or unsupervised
  • grey spanner icon Customise to your role
  • grey briefcase icon Designed for all sectors
  • grey folder sharing icon High-stakes recruitment, personal development, coaching, talent analytics
  • grey 3-bars bar chart icon 14 norm groups available
  • grey laptop and phone icon PC, Mac, Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile

The TPAQ-Competency Profile is suitable for:

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High-Stakes Recruitment

The more important the role, the greater the impact an individual’s personality and behaviour can have on the company.


The TPAQ-Competency Profile measures eight distinct behavioural competencies, providing a comprehensive overview of a candidates potential to help employers make sound, high-stakes recruitment decisions.

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Early Stage Screening

Personality questionnaires are quick, scalable, and accessible, making them perfect screening tools for high-volume sifting and shortlist.


The TPAQ-Competency Profile provides a quick and comprehensive overview of a candidate's behavioural potential, allowing you to screen against eight key competencies early in the selection process.

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Talent Analytics

Talent analytics allows employers to scientifically identify the key determiners of almost any workplace relevant outcome, i.e. performance, retention, engagement, job satisfaction etc.


By measuring 32 distinct personality traits, the TPAQ-Competency Profile is uniquely positioned to inform talent analytics projects, providing an unparalleled level of potential predictive power.

Key features

  • Adaptive Algorithm
  • Fully Customisable
  • Secure
  • Norms & Benchmarks
  • Candidate Experience
  • Mobile Responsive
  • Fair & Inclusive
  • Professionally Validated

The Test Partnership Adaptive Questionnaire (TPAQ™)

Personality traits hold enormous sway over our potential productivity at work. In virtually all roles, personality questionnaires are useful predictors of future performance, making them invaluable selection tools.

The TPAQ™ is a next-generation, computer adaptive online personality questionnaire, designed to accurately measure key personality traits quickly, accurately and fairly, all while providing an exceptional candidate experience.

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TPAQ-Competency Profile Traits

Below is the full list of all the traits measured by the TPAQ-Competency Profile. Optionally you can weight specific traits applicable to your role.

Creativity and Flexibility

  • Artistic

    An individual's pursuit of artistic interests, appreciation of aesthetics and the recognition of beauty.

  • Free Thinking

    An individual's propensity to question convention and tradition, in favour of alternative approaches.

  • Imaginative

    An individual's propensity to engage their imagination, reflecting and expanding upon their ideas.

  • Spontaneity

    An Individual's preference for spontaneous activity, seeking new experiences and acceptance of change.

Integrity and Ethics

  • Fairness

    An individual's propensity to play by the rules, even if breaking the rules increases the chance of success.

  • Honesty

    An individual's propensity to act sincerely, displaying honesty regardless of whether it is counterproductive.

  • Modesty

    An individual's disinterest in seeking recognition, praise or attention, not requiring external validation.

  • Principled

    An individual's commitment to moral ideals, even when this inhibits the likelihood of achieving a goal.

Motivation and Work Ethic

  • Drive

    An individual's desire to succeed or excel in everything they do, often seeking to outperform others.

  • Goal Focus

    An individual's preference for setting and achieving goals, gaining satisfaction from reaching targets.

  • Persistence

    An individual's likelihood of seeing short-term tasks through to completion, despite challenges, setbacks and obstacles.

  • Self-Confidence

    An individual's perceived competence and their sense of confidence in their own abilities.

Organisational Skills

  • Discipline

    An individual's likelihood to remain productive and maintain focus during necessary day-to-day tasks.

  • Diligence

    An individual's propensity to follow the rules, uphold procedure and fulfil their obligations.

  • Methodical

    An individual's attention to detail and their propensity to conduct tasks in a meticulous way.

  • Self-Directed

    An individual's likelihood to feel in control, rarely feeling powerless over their life's direction.

People Skills

  • Assertive

    An individual's propensity to take control of social situations and feel comfortable speaking their mind.

  • Negative Expression

    An individual's healthy expression of negative emotion, attending to negative feelings and not suppressing them.

  • Positive Expression

    An individual's awareness and recognition of positive emotion, feeling able to express this to others.

  • Sociable

    An individual's preference for group membership, participation in crowds and taking centre stage.

Problem Solving and Decision Making

  • Initiative

    An individual's propensity towards proactivity, starting tasks autonomously without procrastination.

  • Intuitive

    An individual's propensity to use feeling, emotions, and intuition as a guide when making decisions.

  • Perseverance

    An individual's propensity to see long-term projects through to completion, even in the face of adversity.

  • Vigilance

    An individual's consideration of consequences and avoidance of impulsive decision-making.

Resilience and Stress Management

  • Calm

    An individual's propensity to take things in their stride, rather than becoming angry or frustrated.

  • Collected

    An individual's emotional consistency, rarely experiencing mood swings or negative emotional reactions.

  • Confidence

    An individual's level of belief concerning their capability to overcome obstacles, setbacks and deterrents.

  • Self-Esteem

    An individual's perceived self-worth, concerning positive self-image and recognition of their own worth.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Cooperative

    An individual's propensity to avoid confrontation, cause upset or offence to other people.

  • Empathetic

    An individual's concern for others' well-being, readily empathising with their situations, challenges and feelings.

  • Sympathetic

    An individual's attitude towards those in need, feeling a sense of responsibility for the well-being of others.

  • Trusting

    An individual's likelihood to trust others, see the best in people and rarely question their intentions.

TPAQ-Competency List

Below is the full list of all the competencies measured by the TPAQ-Competency Profile. Optionally you can weight specific competencies applicable to your role.

  • Creativity and Flexibility

    The ability to think innovatively, generate unique ideas, adapt to changing circumstances, and approach challenges with open-mindedness and adaptability in the workplace.

  • Integrity and Ethics

    The adherence to moral principles, honesty, and the consistent demonstration of trustworthiness and accountability in professional settings.

  • Motivation and Work Ethic

    An individual's drive, commitment, and determination to consistently perform their best, exceed expectations, and actively contribute to their work environment

  • Organisational Skills

    The ability to effectively plan, prioritise tasks, manage time, and maintain structured systems to optimise efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

  • People Skills

    The ability to effectively convey ideas, actively listen, adapt communication styles, and utilize persuasive techniques to positively impact others and achieve desired outcomes in the workplace.

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making

    The capacity to analyse complex situations, identify root causes, explore alternative solutions, and make well-informed choices that lead to effective resolutions and optimal outcomes in the workplace.

  • Resilience and Stress Management

    The ability to bounce back from setbacks, adapt to challenging situations, maintain a positive mindset, and employ effective strategies to effectively cope with and mitigate stress in the workplace.

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

    The propensity to actively engaging with colleagues, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared accountability, and empathetic understanding to achieve common objectives.

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About Personality

Personality describes a wide range of traits which collectively comprise a person’s character, temperament and behavioural preferences. Personality is integral to workplace performance, as a large number of personality traits are predictive of performance. Personality questionnaires therefore, are some of the most widely used selection tools.

The Test Partnership Adaptive Questionnaire (TPAQ)

The TPAQ is one of the most powerful personality questionnaires available today. Like our ability tests, the TPAQ also uses computer adaptive testing technology to maximise reliability and reduce questionnaire length. By only administering psychometrically optimal questions for each candidate, the TPAQ can reach an equal or greater level of reliability than comparable personality questionnaires, but in less than half the time.


Commonly asked questions.

  • How much does it cost?

    We charge on a per-candidate basis, not on a per-assessment basis. Please visit our pricing page for more information.

  • When should I use a personality questionnaire?

    Any stage of selection. Personality questionnaires can form part of your initial sift or, more commonly, they are one element of a process you have for shortlisted candidates. For example in senior roles it is common to ask shortlisted candidates to complete the questionnaire remotely and then come in for a structured interview.

  • What level are these tests designed for?

    This is one of the advantages of our adaptive test technology; this questionnaire is suitable for all levels, and a wide range of norm groups are available to ensure effective benchmarking.

  • How do you protect candidate data?

    We're glad you asked! This is something Test Partnership are quite passionate about and we have implemented privacy by design principles throughout our organisation. We have a whole host of safeguards including: access control; encryption; firewalls; retention policies; and anonymisation. To see all the steps we take please see our GDPR page.

Candidate tips

Personality questionnaires are designed to assess your general character and predict how you are likely to behave in the workplace. There are no right or wrong answers in a personality questionnaire and high scores do not necessarily mean better scores. This is the key difference with other psychometric tests or exams, such as aptitude tests, that you may have taken before.

The scale responses (i.e. Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree) will appear next to the questions, so you can check your responses and make sure you haven't made a silly mistake.

Always be as honest as possible during a personality assessment. Don't try to provide the responses that you think the employer will want to see, as you might not know exactly what they are looking for.

Make sure you read all of the questions properly. You can take time to reflect on them if you wish, but generally speaking your gut response will usually be most accurate.

Check you have everything you might need: an environment where you can concentrate properly, and your glasses etc. Personality questionnaires are untimed, so you can take as long as you need to complete them. If you lose internet connection during the test, don't worry, simply log back in and continue from where you were.


Cross-platform compatibility and robust digital infrastructure ensure full, secure assessment delivery to every candidate.

Maximum compatibility and maximum candidate engagement with minimum drop-out rates.

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How Pricing works

Test Partnership offers two pricing options: 1) pay-as-you-go, or 2) unlimited use subscriptions. On our pay-as-you-go pricing, candidates can complete any combination of assessments for the same cost, as we charge on a per-candidate basis not a per-assessment basis. On our unlimited usage subscriptions, you can test an unlimited number of candidates, using any combination of assessments for a fixed monthly or annual cost.

You can see a full list of our prices on our pricing page.

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