Choosing among all the different college majors is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make in your life. One factor to consider in making your choice is how it will match with your personality type. We’ve included here a free personality test that will give you an idea of a direction to start with.
One method of personality assessment is the Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II). This 70-question quiz is the most widely used personality assessment in the world according to Keirsey.com. Keirsey assigns personality types to four main groups: Artisans™, Guardians™, Rationals™ and Idealists™. Within each category are four sub-categories that are referred to as “character types.”
Here is our personality quiz based on the Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II.
- If you are participating in a group project for one of your classes, how do you like to interact with your group members?
- Forget about the details — just use the tools at hand to find a solution and keep things moving.
- The group meetings should be run according to rules. Everyone should come prepared and stick to the program.
- Everyone gets to have their say and work on the problem as they see fit. Too many rules will stifle the creativity.
- You’re likely to alienate your fellow group members with your mania for creating efficient procedures.
- If you were in a supervisory position at work, how would you describe your management style?
- You are laid back about rules and dress code and you like to be buddies with your employees.
- You are primarily interested in hiring people based on their credentials and job experience. You’re generous in handing out praise but expect your workers to project a good image.
- You allow your employees a lot of latitude in making decisions on the job. You’re not big on enforcing rules.
- You can’t figure out why your employees stop talking when you enter the room.
- As an employee, how would you describe your personality type?
- You’ll follow the rules but you’d rather use your judgment to come up with your own procedures.
- You’re the employee who follows all the rules and make the company look good.
- You’re a good listener and your fellow employees often come to you with their problems. Your customers love you.
- You’re likely to stress yourself out by demanding too much from yourself and those around you.
- If you had to describe your personality in one word, that word would be…
- When working on a group project for school, you’re the person in the group who will…
- Get everyone in the group to agree to a common course of action
- Make sure that things get done on time
- Work with the weaker members of the group to bring them up to speed
- Emerge as the group leader by creating a vision for the group.
If your answers were mostly “As” then you’re the Artisan™ type. Your negotiating skills would work well for you in marketing or communication.
If your answers were mostly “Bs” then you’re the Guardian™ type. You’re good at finding efficient ways to get things done. You may do well in civil engineering, computer programming or business.
If your answers were mostly “Cs” then you’re the Idealist™ type. Your empathy and understanding of others makes you a natural for teaching, counseling, psychology, sociology, criminal justice or a career in a health care related field.
If your answers were mostly “Ds” then you’re the Rational™ type. Your ability to form a vision that others will follow makes you a good candidate for a career in business. Keep in mind that you may have to work on your people skills. You like complex problems so computer science, architecture or engineering could be in your future.
You can take a more detailed test at Keirsey.com. You’ll receive a brief description of the results and will be provided the opportunity to purchase a more detailed description of your personality traits.
As it happens, there are plenty of services that offer quizzes to help you discover your personality type and the college majors and careers that will work best for your type. One of the best known is the Myer’s-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment (MBTI). While the MBTI will cost you money, you can take the Jung Typology Test ™ for free.
What are some factors that you will consider in your choice of a college major? Tell us about it in the comments below.