MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR®
What is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI)® is a personality test based on Jungian psychological functions. It is one of many tools that may prove useful in assessing the best college majors and career paths to suit your strengths and interests.
MTBI® consists of 4-letter types as follows:
Where you focus attention:
E – Extraversion types direct energy outward to people and objects
I – Introversion types direct energy inward to ideas and concepts
S – Sensing types perceive through the 5 senses and deal with the “here and now”
I – Intuition types perceive through observation and intuition, make connections
T – Thinking types make decisions based on facts, logic, and rationality
F – Feeling types make decisions based on emotions and personal/social values
J – Judging types make decisions based on order, rules, plans, and organization
P – Perceiving types rely on spontaneity, flexibility and improvisation.
Your assessment will assign you one of the 16 possible 4 letter combinations, one from each of the 4 above categories. I vacillate between INFJ and ISFJ for example.
Free Online "Knock-Off" Tests
While you can locate a certified MTBI® administrator and pay to take an official assessment, there are also numerous websites that host a free "knock-off" test. These online assessments typically take under ten minutes to complete. While the results are free, many of these sites will ask you for payment to “unlock the full results.” You can ignore that and simply focus on the basic results – that’s really all you need at this stage.
Below are sites that I used in taking my own assessment. Note: you shouldn't need to use more than one or two of these, but I've listed more than that so that if you, like me, struggle with one or more of the two-letter categories, you will have other testing options to take.
16 Personalities Test
Personality Hacker Test
Personality Perfect Test
Career Planner Test
Careers by MBTI®
Once you have your MBTI® type, you can visit the links below to learn more about how your type may be well-suited to particular career paths or college majors. Keep in mind that these are merely suggestions. You may not love the sound of any of the suggested majors or career paths -- don't worry, it's just one of many tools we can use to find out more about your strengths and interests.
Ball State University Career Center -- MTBI®
Personality Junkie Careers and Majors by MTBI®
Illinois Community College Board Careers by MTBI®