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Assessments are a way for people to gain insights into one or more areas of their life, such as skills and abilities, personality style, interests, values, health and well-being. An assessment can be a useful tool to use during a coaching engagement, where the coach helps the person being coached to uncover new insights and determine what to do about them. There are a wide variety of assessments (and costs), but here are a few that are free (sometimes a shorter version of a more expensive one) or inexpensive and accessible for you.
Core Values Index (CVI)
The CVI is an assessment that provides a description of the innate, unchanging nature of an individual, which is different from personality and behavioral based assessments. This unique instrument takes ten minutes or less to complete, and provides a highly accurate and reliable picture of the core motivational drivers of any person, with an instant report, online.
To take the free assessment, visit http://taylorprotocols.com/.
VIA (Character Assessment) Survey (VIA)
The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA Survey focuses on your best qualities.
To take the free assessment, visit http://www.viacharacter.org/www/.
Take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to discover your top 5 strengths, and download the bestselling StrengthsFinder 2.0 e-book. Learn how your dominant talents help you excel, and begin your path to better performance and higher engagement. Intended as an introduction to strengths, this solution is ideal for people who want a quick, focused approach to strengths-based development.
To take this assessment for $15.00, visit https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Purchase/en-US/Product?Path=Clifton%20StrengthsFinder.
The Enneagram is a psychological system consisting of 9 different personality types. These types make up the range of basic personality styles. Rather than describing how we behave, the Enneagram speaks to the why of personality, our core motivation.
To take this free assessment, visit http://www.exploreyourtype.com/details.
If you would prefer to dive more deeply afterwards, visit https://tests.enneagraminstitute.com/test/1/code to take a longer assessment for $12.00.
MindFrames is a free online personality test based on research in brain science. It measures how often you use each of eight distinct patterns of thought and action and shows you which mindframes make up the foundation of your unique personality!
To take this free assessment, visit http://initforlife.com/home/tm.asp.