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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (3) : 460-478     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00460
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The Evolution and Comparison of Personality Tests Based on the Five-Factor Approach
CHEN Jiyue1; XU Jianping1; LI Hongyan1; FAN Yexin1,2; LU Xiaolan1
(1 School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University; Beijing Key Lab for Applied Experimental Psychology, Beijing 100875, China) (2 Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China)
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This review aims to examine different aspects of existing personality tests that have been developed to fit the five factor approach. The analyses indicated that there are more than 30 types of five-factor approach personality tests of various lengths and forms. These tests can be classified into three board categories: self-report inventory, adjective checklist and nonverbal inventory. Each test appears to have unique advantages and disadvantages when applied to different research and practical situations. Their reliability and validity also varies across situations. Taken together, these results suggest that researchers should be careful when choosing personality tests and take into account factors such as the test length, the test purpose, and cultural differences.

Keywords five-factor approach      big five      five-factor model      personality test     
Corresponding Authors: XU Jianping, E-mail:   
Issue Date: 15 March 2015
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CHEN Jiyue,XU Jianping,LI Hongyan, et al. The Evolution and Comparison of Personality Tests Based on the Five-Factor Approach[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(3): 460-478.
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