About the California Psychological Inventory

The California Psychological Inventory, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the California Personality Inventory, was originally published in 1956. The CPI is used to help individuals improve their performance and enable organizations to find potential employees and leaders.

The CPI was created to help people gain a clearer picture of their personal and work-related characteristics, motivations, and thinking styles.

In the workplace, the California Psychological Inventory acts as a leadership assessment. Your CPI test results are evaluated according to the job you apply for. With JobTestPrep, you receive a personalized report of your personality test based on the specific position you want.

The CPI may be used for leadership development, performance improvement, or selection and retention.


Types of CPI Exams

There are two types of CPI assessments, CPI 434 and CPI 260. Both help develop leadership abilities by aiding people in gaining a better understanding of themselves and how they interact with others. These assessments also help organizations identify talent by measuring traits like creativity, leadership, amicability and tough-mindedness.

CPI 434

  • Contains 434 items
  • Measures your social expertise and interpersonal style, maturity, achievement orientation, creative temperament, managerial potential, tough-mindedness, and more
  • Generates three reports: Profile, Narrative, and Configural Analysis

CPI 260

  • Contains 260 items selected from the full 434-item assessment
  • Measures your interpersonal qualities directly related to work and leadership, including dealing with others, self-management, motivation, and thinking style.
  • Generates two reports: Client Feedback and Coaching Report for Leaders

Traits of the CPI

The scales that are measured can be grouped into six categories.

  • Seven Dealing with Others scales, focusing on the manner in which social participation is expressed
  • Seven Self-Management scales, assessing self-discipline and acceptance of societal rules
  • Three Motivations and Thinking Style scales
  • Three Personal Characteristics scales
  • Six Work-Related Measures scales, assessing disposition at work
  • Three High-Order Measures scales, assessing personal orientations
The CPI personality test is scored on the following 29 scales
Dominance Capacity for Status Sociability Social Presence Self-acceptance Independence Empathy
Responsibility Social Conformity Self-control Good Impression Communality Well-being Tolerance
Achievement via Conformance Achievement via Independence Conceptual Fluency Insightfulness Flexibility Sensitivity Managerial Potential
  Work Orientation Creative Temperament Leadership Amicability Law Enforcement Orientation  

The last three scales are the High-Order Measures, which are referred to as vector 1, 2, and 3. Each vector shows a correlation between specific traits.


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