by Andrew L. Comrey
  • Range: High school, college, and adult
  • Length: 180 items
  • Norms: U.S. college and adult, Australian
  • Administration Time: 30 – 45 minutes
  • Scoring Options: Hand-scoring using the Hand-Scoring Instructions

Use Personality Factors to Guide Educational Planning and Employee Placement

The Comrey Personality Scales (CPS) provide a comprehensive, multidimensional assessment of the personality structure for normally functioning adults. This instrument has proven useful for educational and career planning as well as employee placement. Studies have shown that the CPS dimensions have been significantly correlated with job success criteria for a broad range of occupations.

CPS Scales

Validity Check
Higher scores are suggestive of an invalid record.

Response Bias
High scores indicate a tendency to answer questions in a socially desirable way, making the respondent look like a "nice" person.

Trust vs. Defensiveness
High scores indicate a belief in the basic honesty, trustworthiness, and good intentions of other people.

Orderliness vs. Lack of Compulsion
Higher scores are characteristic of careful, meticulous, orderly, and highly organized individuals.

Social Conformity vs. Rebelliousness
Individuals with high scores accept the society as it is, resent nonconformity in others, seek the approval of society, and respect the law.

Activity vs. Lack of Energy
High scoring individuals have a great deal of energy and endurance, work hard, and strive to excel.

Emotional Stability vs. Neuroticism
High-scoring persons are free of depression, optimistic, relaxed, stable in mood, and confident.

Extraversion vs. Introversion
High-scoring individuals meet people easily, seek new friends, feel comfortable with strangers, and do not suffer from stage fright.

Mental Toughness vs. Sensitivity
High-scoring individuals tend to be rather tough-minded people who do not cry easily.

Empathy vs. Egocentrism
High-scoring individuals describe themselves as helpful, generous, sympathetic people who are interested in devoting their lives to the service of others.


CPS Materials

Item Code & Quantity Price
Reusable Test Booklets CPS-RBK-025 $ 31.00
Answer Sheets (hand-scoring) CPS-AHS-050
Answer Sheets (machine-scoring) CPS-AMS-050
Profile Sheets (Australian Norms also available) CPS-PRO-050
Australian Manual Supplement CPS-MSP $ 6.75
Manual & Handbook of Interpretations CPS-HBK $ 36.75
Specimen Set (Manual and one copy of all forms) CPS-SPC $ 47.00
Hand-Scoring Instructions for the CPS CPS-INS $ 6.50

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