You are about to take the unabridged version of the Epstein Motivation Competencies Inventory for Individuals (or EMCI-i). Designed by Dr. Robert Epstein (follow on Twitter at @DrREpstein), one of America's most distinguished research psychologists, this scientifically-validated test is an inventory of eight types of skills and knowledge that help people boost their motivation or keep themselves motivated. It has been empirically validated with a sample of 7,775 people from the United States, Canada, India and 117 other countries.
Most people are able to complete the test in less than 10 minutes, and there are no right or wrong answers. Just select the response that seems best. After you answer the questions, you will be given a detailed report that will give you your scores and explain what they mean. This is just the start; once you know your EMCI scores, there are many avenues you might pursue to improve your motivation skills. Games and exercises to strengthen such skills can be found in Dr. Epstein's book, The Big Book of Motivation Games, which also includes an abridged, self-scorable version of the EMCI-i.
If you are conducting research and would like to collect raw data for a group that is taking this test - for a business, research study, classroom activity, or other purpose - please see our Group Testing Instructions
If you are a manager, teacher, parent, or supervisor, you might also want to take the manager's version of the EMCI, which looks at ten types of skills that will help you motivate other people.
Before we get to the inventory itself, we'll ask you a few basic questions about yourself. Demographic information is being collected for research purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential.
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