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The TPAQ-45™ Personality Profile

Assess your candidate’s emotional intelligence, resilience, integrity, industriousness, and the Big Five personality traits in around 20-25 minutes.

Key Benefits

  • grey information icon Measures key personality traits and behavioural dispositions
  • grey list icon 180 questions
  • grey clock icon Untimed. Typically takes around 20 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 clock icon Express version available
  • 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-45 Complete 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-45 measures 45 distinct personality traits, providing an unparalleled level of breadth to help employers make sound, high-stakes recruitment decisions.

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Development & Coaching

Personality questionnaires are the only psychometric assessments which can be applied across both recruitment and development.


The TPAQ-45 can help structure coaching or personal development discussions and includes a specialised candidate-feedback report which can be returned to employees to aid their development.

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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 45 distinct personality traits, the TPAQ-45 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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Test Partnership applies cutting-edge predictive data science to hiring, and allows you to benefit from decades of research through our psychometric test tools.

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For improved diversity and inclusion, Test Partnership has optimised all our tests to achieve industry-beating low adverse impact.

All our tests are designed to identify high-performance whilst minimising adverse impact. We achieve this by trialling and re-trialling against tens of thousands of participants from all backgrounds.

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TPAQ-45 Traits

Below is the full list of all the traits measured by the TPAQ-45. Optionally you can weight specific traits applicable to your role.

Openness to Experience

  • 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.

  • Inquisitive

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

  • Spontaneity

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


  • Diligence

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

  • 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.

  • Self-Confidence

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

  • Vigilance

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


  • Adventurous

    An individual's appetite for new experiences, need for excitement and engagement in thrill-seeking activities.

  • Assertive

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

  • Cheerful

    An individual's propensity towards optimism, positive thinking and an enthusiastic outlook on life.

  • Energetic

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

  • Outgoing

    An individual's affinity with others, warmth towards strangers and interest in interpersonal communication.

  • Sociable

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


  • Altruistic

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

  • Cooperative

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

  • Principled

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

  • 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.

Emotional Stability

  • 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.

  • Positivity

    An individual's propensity to feel at ease with themselves and maintain a positive outlook.

  • Relaxed

    An individual's likelihood to feel at ease during stressful periods, rarely feeling overwhelmed.

  • Restraint

    An individual's likelihood to resist urges or act on impulse, often exhibiting self-control in their actions.


  • 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-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.


  • Fairness

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

  • Greed Aversion

    An individual's disinterest in the pursuit of wealth, status or power, finding motivation elsewhere.

  • 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.

Emotional Intelligence

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Persistence

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

Summary Big5+

  • 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.

  • Conscientiousness

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

TPAQ-45 Competencies

Below is the full list of all the competencies measured by the TPAQ-45. Optionally you can weight specific competencies applicable to your role.

  • Achievement and Effort

    Establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

  • Adaptability and Flexibility

    Being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

  • Analytical Thinking

    Analysing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Attention to Detail

    Being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Concern for Others

    Being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

  • Cooperation

    Being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Dependability

    Being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Initiative

    A willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

  • Innovation

    Creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

  • Integrity

    Being honest and ethical.

  • Leadership

    A willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

  • Persistence

    Persistence in the face of obstacles.

  • Self Control

    Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Social Orientation

    Preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

  • Stress Tolerance

    Accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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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. This means that the TPAQ can measure 45 traits in 20 minutes, or 27 traits in 10 minutes.


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. However, the TPAQ-45 is best suited to high stakes recruitment and the TPAQ-27 is best suited to early stage sifting.

  • 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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