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Short but powerful personality test which identifies your candidate's key personality traits and competencies.

  • Untimed
  • 108 questions
  • Fair and valid science
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The TPAQ-27™ Personality Profile

Measure key personality traits and behavioural dispositions in 10 minutes

  • Untimed (≈10 mins)
  • 108 quick questions
  • All levels covered: apprentice to CEO
  • PC, Mac, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile
  • Automatic cheat-protection systems
  • Accessible and unbiased by design
  • Predicts workplace performance
  • CSV upload and ATS integration
  • Use your logo and branding

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.

Assess your candidate’s emotional intelligence, resilience, integrity, industriousness, and the Big Five personality traits.

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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Personality tests for every role and every level

Objectively measure candidates' personality across all levels including apprentice, graduate, managers, and CEO.

You can be confident in the results knowing our personality assessment automatically adapts to each candidate's responses, which means you get even more accurate results and every candidate gets a great, personalised, assessment experience.

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Boost candidate experience

Showcase your brand by adding your colours and your logo to our assessments.

You can build assessments tailored to your role by choosing from our library of pre-built valid assessments. Choose from our pre-built norm-groups to easily rank and compare your candidates' scores.

Assessments led by science

Proven and trusted online assessments to quickly identify potential. All our assessments use robust science backed up by research and development according to EFPA standards.

Developed by experts

Our qualified in-house business psychologists have been developing psychometric tests for over 10 years. They push for innovation and are regular lecturers at Birkbeck, University of London. Our psychologists have developed advanced expertise in the latest psychometric methods including item response theory including the Rash model. Our expertise means we are often used by other psychometric test publishers to help them build or improve their psychometric assessments. By working with Test Partnership you get industry-recognised expertise from qualified business psychologists.

Industry-leading accuracy

Our psychologists use the latest psychometric test models including item response theory (IRT) to ensure accurate test scores. Our assessments have industry-leading reliability and validity properties, so you can have confidence in the outcomes. The results you get from our assessments have been demonstrated through research to be highly accurate which means you get actionable insights into your candidates' performance. By working with Test Partnership you get confidence in your data.

Reduce bias

All our assessments have robust evidence to prove they do not adversely affect protected groups. Our test development process includes trialling our questions on tens of thousands of participants from mixed backgrounds, and our research shows 'Cohens d' effect sizes better than industry best-practice. You can use our assessments safe in the knowledge that they are fair and inclusive.

Predict real-world performance

Research, including large meta studies, has repeatedly shown that cognitive ability is the strongest predictor of workplace performance (Scmidt, Hunter, et al). To find the best employees you need to assess for cognitive ability, and Test Partnership assessments accurately measure cognitive ability at every level. Cognitive ability correlates with job performance better than any other indicator including interviews, past experience, and assessment centres. By using our ability tests, you can confidently identify the best candidates and predict future success.

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Reduce bias

All our tests exceed current psychometric standards and have been shown to be fair and unbiased towards protected groups.

Performance data

Calibrated by tens of thousands of results correlated with job performance predictors.

Cheat protection

Rigorous protection against candidate cheating including: item banking; digital copy protection; and atypical behaviour detection.

Candidate experience

Modern user interface and graphics library for easy administration, shorter test times, and adaptive tests to enhance candidate experience.


Our tests and platform are fully compatible across PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone, so everyone has access even on-the-go.

The TPAQ™-27 personality traits

Below is the full list of all the traits measured by the the TPAQ™-27 Questionnaire. This test is shorter than the full TPAQ™-45 and so measures fewer traits.

It's also easy to customise or weight specific traits according to your role.

The following scales are reported:

Altruistic - An individual's genuine and selfless concern for others, without expecting benefit or reciprocation.

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

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

Emotional Stability
The following scales are reported:

Assurance - An individual's level of comfort in social settings, rarely concerned with how others perceive them.

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

Composure - An individual's attitude towards encountering obstacles, feeling emotionally equipped to overcome stressors.

The following scales are reported:

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

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

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

The following scales are reported:

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

Energetic - An individual's likelihood to remain highly active, keep busy and live their life at a fast pace.

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

The following scales are reported:

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

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

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


We regularly create custom personality questionnaires for clients based on their specific frameworks. Our expert business psychologists can help you quickly create a questionnaire that measures exactly what you need.

Emotional Intelligence
The following scales are reported:

Emotional Awareness - An individual's level of emotional awareness, recognition and understanding of what they feel and why.

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

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

The following scales are reported:

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.

Openness to Experience
The following scales are reported:

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.

Inquisitive - An individual's propensity towards curiosity, acquiring new information and further understanding.

The following scales are reported:

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

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

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

Big5+ Traits
The following scales are reported:

Agreeableness - Agreeableness relates to an individual’s general level of cooperation during social contexts and whether they are likely to place their trust in others, demonstrate sympathy for those less fortunate and generally tend to see the best in people.

Conscientiousness - Conscientiousness relates to an individual’s sense of self-discipline, remaining diligent when following rules and procedures, often demonstrating strong attention to detail.

Emotional Intelligence - Emotional Intelligence refers to an individual’s awareness, recognition and understanding of their own emotions, as well as those of others. This can determine the likelihood of empathising with others, identifying causes of emotions, and whether they make decisions based on emotional intuition.

Emotional Stability - Emotional stability relates to an individual’s tendency to demonstrate a consistent temperament, the frequency and intensity of emotional highs and lows, and overall emotional reactivity to everyday events.

Extraversion - Extraversion relates to an individual’s need for social interaction, engagement and confidence in social settings, and a general preference towards high levels of activity.

Industriousness - Industriousness relates to an individual’s personal drive, achievement motivation and attitude towards set goals. This trait can determine a person’s likelihood to take ownership of necessary tasks without procrastination, and to see long-term projects through to completion.

Integrity - Integrity relates to an individual’s propensity for honesty, fairness and transparency in relation to both their actions and motives. It can determine the extent to which someone may follow their principles and their willingness to compromise them for personal gain.

Openness to Experience - Openness to experience relates to an individual’s readiness to acquire new information, demonstrate acceptance of unconventional ideas and pursue new experiences.

Resilience - Resilience relates to an individual’s propensity to overcome stress, particularly in times of difficulty or adversity, maintaining a positive outlook and remaining confident in their own capability to overcome obstacles.

The TPAQ™-27 competencies

Here is the full list of all the competencies measured by the the TPAQ™-27 Questionnaire.

The TPAQ™-27 competencies
The following scales are reported:
  • Achievement and Effort;
  • Adaptability and Flexibility;
  • Analytical Thinking;
  • Attention to Detail;
  • Concern for Others;
  • Cooperation;
  • Dependability;
  • Initiative;
  • Innovation;
  • Integrity;
  • Leadership;
  • Persistence;
  • Self Control;
  • Social Orientation; and
  • Stress Tolerance

Personality FAQs

What is the Big 5 personality?

The 'Big Five' personality model is a widely-accepted framework that categorizes human personality into five key dimensions:

Openness: Reflects a person's imagination, creativity, and openness to new experiences.

Conscientiousness: Measures organisation, dependability, and goal-oriented behaviour.

Extraversion: Examines sociability, assertiveness, and the preference for social interactions.

Agreeableness: Evaluates traits like kindness, cooperativeness, and concern for others.

Neuroticism: Gauges emotional stability, resilience to stress, and anxiety levels.

These dimensions provide a solid understanding of an individual's personality. These are commonly used in various applications including: hiring; personal development; and psychological research.

When can 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.

Why use personality tests in the hiring process?

Personality tests streamline hiring by predicting job fit, reducing bias, and enhancing team cohesion. They offer objective insights, boost long-term performance, and can even aid conflict resolution.

What level is this test suitable for?

One of the advantages of our adaptive test technology is that this questionnaire is suitable for all levels. Typically, we recommend the TPAQ-45 is best suited to high-stakes or senior recruitment and the shorter TPAQ-27 is best suited to early-stage sifting.

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