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1.1.2 Existing Evaluation Criteria

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1.1.2 Existing Evaluation Criteria

Knowing whether you have a high or low level of emotional intelligence is a difficult task. There are areas of the self that remain unanalysed and this can cause harm or potential not being met. To assist people in understanding more about themselves, numerous tests and studies have been developed and conducted to quantify and evaluate emotional intelligence. Though not wholly accurate, these tests can give you a starting point into understanding where you stand and where you want to go regarding your own emotional intelligence. 

The following is a list of some tests that measure emotional intelligence: 

  • Bar-On Model of Emotional-Social Intelligence (ESI) 

This model was developed by Reuven Bar-On (2006) and is designed to evaluate a person’s ability to manage personal, social and environmental change. The model evaluates their self-awareness, empathy, self-management and motivation, as well as their ability to adapt to solve problems related to their emotions. 

  • Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

This test was developed by Mayer, Salovey, and Caruso (2002) and it measures how well a person is able to perceive, understand, manage and use emotions. These are measured by having the person solve tasks related to each ability.

  • Genos Emotional Intelligence Inventory

This is a workplace tool developed by Palmer, Stough, Harmer, and Gignac (2009), usually used by Human Resources to evaluate potential employees. Unlike other tests, this does not evaluate emotional intelligence directly. Instead, it measures 70 workplace behaviours that effectively demonstrate emotional intelligence in the workplace. The inventory attempts to assess the awareness of self and others, authenticity, emotional reasoning and self-management.

These tests all measure the principles of emotional intelligence, giving test-takers an overview of principles they are proficient in and principles they need to improve on.