How exactly do you take the test?
It’s a good question and you actually have a lot of options.
The way that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator works is that there is an in-person official assessment that is paid, but there are also several online assessments that you can take for free as well. This is because this assessment is based largely on pre-existing psychological work that focuses on Carl Jungs’ cognitive functions.
Or, to put it another way: there are a lot of so many different ways you can determine what someone’s MBTI type is.
However, not all assessments are created equal.
And taking an assessment that misses the mark could close you off to a tool that many people — especially myself — have found to be transformative in the most profound ways.
So, I’ve rounded up 6 Free MBTI Assessments online that you can choose from or take multiple versions in order to verify your type.
The Official Assessment (Paid) — a mention
Know that you also have the option of taking the official assessment tool that is provided by CAPT.
It’s done online and costs $150 US or $175 as an international rate. The pros are that you get personalized service: someone to walk you question by question through the assessment to make sure you understand it, someone to personally deliver your very detailed results and discuss them with you, and you also receive supplemental materials for your personal development.
Note: I’ve never taken the official test so I can’t speak to it, but I know that the results of my free assessment resonated with me and I was able to find a lot of information in the free descriptions I searched for online.
Also know that there are a ton of very reliable paid tests available out there, too, that also offer really in-depth descriptions.
Things to Know Before Diving In & Tips
Timing. Most MBTI assessments take anywhere between 3-20 minutes, depending on how self-aware you already are and your familiarity with questionnaires.
Choose the answer that feels like your natural preference MOST of the time. The MBTI is a spectrum, meaning that your reaction to many of the questions may be “Well, I do both of these things.” It’s important to think about which answer you do most of the time or you find yourself naturally gravitating towards. Tip: If you’re still confused, it helps to answer as if you were a bit younger. What would you have chosen as a teenager?
Don’t rush it. If you’ve never taken a personality assessment that asks more in-depth questions, give yourself more time to go through and think about your responses. It can take a while to understand how you react in certain situations if you’re not used to evaluating yourself.
There are no “right” or “wrong” answers. All of the personality types are equal — none are better than the other. So, don’t worry about which one you’ll get. They’re all awesome in their own way — as you’ll soon find out!
If your results don’t sound like you, take a different assessment. Most of the time, when people find their personality type, it feels pretty spot on. It almost feels weird because it’s like meeting a stranger on the street who proceeds to tell you all about who you are. In other words: MBTI is kind of a creeper. So, if you don’t recognize yourself in the results — fret not! Take another assessment or read through the different descriptions and see what feels right.
If your results don’t sound like you, change up how you took the test. If you took it alone, try with someone who you feel knows you well. If you took it with someone else, try taking it alone and really reflecting on the questions and creating different situations in your mind to determine how you react.
Go to other sites to read your results. Sometimes the best descriptions are on different sites than ones that offer the assessments. My post on 10 Free Descriptions has some good places to start once you’re done with your assessment.
6 Free Online Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessments
Below you’ll find 6 sites with free assessments. These assessments don’t require that you login or even use an e-mail address. They are anonymous, but some collect your age and gender.
I recommend, again, taking more than one — just to verify your type.
Below, I give time estimates, but they can wildly vary based on whether or not you’ve asked yourself these more introspective type of questions.
I also briefly share my observations for each test and my preferences.
Know that this isn’t a comprehensive list at all and there are hundreds of different assessments you can take! I’m just trying to save you Google search time!
1. 16 Personalities
Timing: ~ 12 minutes
Observation: I like that there are very visual responses you can give — that you can answer along a visual scale and a sliding bar. I also feel like they used very clear language. Plus, they have really great descriptions within this site, too.
2. Celebrity Types
Timing: ~ 15 – 20
Observations: I like that there are only two answers to choose from and that it’s in clear language. However, if you change your mind on a question, you can’t go back. Other bonuses to this is that it has statistical controls and is reliable. Your results end up being a paragraph description of your type, a couple of celebrities who share your type, and a breakdown of your type by percentages, so you might want to check out other sites for results as well.
3. Open Extended Jungian Type Scales
Timing: ~ 5 minutes
Observations: This one is very quick with clear-cut phrasing — and I like that. I also like that the results are visual and it explains each letter.
4. Kisa Personality
Timing: ~ 7-10 minutes
Observations: I like this one because I felt like it used clearer language and had more options for describing the introvert/extrovert, which for me, made for more accurate results.
5. Human Metrics
Timing: ~ 7-10 minutes
Observations: So, the yes or no format makes it simple but there may be a few questions where you feel split, and it’s hard to make a yes or no choice. I also find that some of the questions are weirdly worded and make it hard to understand what they are aiming for as an answer, but this one is quick and gives a good introduction to MBTI on the page.
Timing: ~ 10 minutes
Observations: Take this one alone — some of the questions may make you uncomfortable — may have a more negative or less impartial slant to them. Because of the slant in the way the questions are posed, it may skew the results. Results are about 1 sentence long. Easily sharable. Gives you percentages.
Have you ever taken any of these assessments? Do you feel your results were accurate?