Millon® Index of Personality Styles Revised
Age Range: 18 and older
Administration: Paper-and-pencil or computer administration, or online administration
25–30 minutes (180 true/false items)
Scores/Interpretation: Adult and college samples
Scoring Options: Q-global™ web-based, Q Local™ software, manual scoring, or mail-in scoring
Interpretive and Profile Reports
Publication Date: 2003
Powerful. Practical. Proven.
The MIPS Revised test helps assess normally functioning adults who may be experiencing difficulties in work, family, or social relationships.
Users & Applications
Human resource specialists, social work and career counselors, private practice clinicians, and other professionals use this test in a variety of settings, including:
- Individual counseling
- Relationship, premarital, and marriage counseling
- Employee selection, as a pre-offer screening tool
- Employee assistance programs
- Leadership and employee development programs
Features & Benefits
- Addresses three key dimensions of normal personalities: Motivating Styles, which helps assess the person’s emotional style in dealing with his/her environment; Thinking Styles, which helps examine the person’s mode of cognitive processing; and Behaving Styles, which helps evaluate the person’s way of interrelating with others.
- Clinical Index helps screen for the possible presence of mental disorders in persons who present as normal.
- With only 180 true/false items, the test can be completed in less than 30 minutes on average.
1A - Pleasure-Enhancing
1B - Pain-Avoiding
2A - Actively Modifying
2B - Passively Accomodating
3A - Self-Indulging
3B - Other-Nurturing
4A - Externally Focused
4B - Internally Focused
5A - Realistic/Sensing
5B - Imaginative/Intuiting
6A - Thought-Guided
6B - Feeling-Guided
7A - Conservation-Seeking
7B - Innovation-Seeking
8A - Asocial/Withdrawing
8B - Gregarious/Outgoing
9A - Anxious/Hesitating
9B - Confident/Asserting
10A - Unconventional/Dissenting
10B - Dutiful/Conforming
11A - Submissive/Yielding
11B - Dominant/Controlling
12A - Dissatisfied/Complaining
12B - Cooperative/Agreeing
The test provides separate norms for adults and college students, and for both separate and combined genders.
- The adult sample consisted of 1,000 individuals (500 females, 500 males) between the ages of 18 and 65, stratified according to the U.S. population by age, race/ethnicity, and education level.
- The college sample consisted of 1,600 students (800 males, 800 females), selected from 14 colleges and universities to be representative of a college student population in terms of ethnicity, age, year in school, major area of study, region of the country, and type of institution.
Scoring and/or Reporting Options
Q-global™ Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting – Enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.
Q Local™ Scoring and Reporting Desktop Software - Enables you to score assessments, report results, and store and export data on your computer.
Mail-in Scoring Service - Specially designed answer sheets are mailed to Pearson for processing within 24–48 hours of receipt; results returned via regular mail.
Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.
What is the MIPS Revised test designed to do?
The MIPS Revised test helps address the need for a theoretically grounded instrument that may be administered by a broad range of professionals. This comprehensive test provides a greater range of information than many other assessments of normal personality, while offering the efficiency of a brief, easy-to-administer tool.
How is the MIPS Revised test different from the original MIPS test?
Scale names and profile display were updated to provide administrators with a better, more intuitive approach to interpreting test results.
In what settings is the MIPS Revised test appropriate?
It is useful as a counseling tool in private practice and university counseling centers as well as for career guidance, employee assistance and development programs, and job applicant screening.
The MIPS Revised test is comprised of contrasting bipolar scale pairs. Does a high score on one scale necessarily mean a low score on the other scale?
No. Although the bipolarities in the MIPS Revised test appear to present clear contrasts in personality styles, individuals rarely fall unequivocally at one or another extreme. In other words, each bipolar construct represents a continuum on which an individual's scores will fall somewhere on a gradient that represents the extent to which he/she exhibits the characteristic in question.
Why are prevalence scores (PS) used instead of T scores?
The prevalence score scaling procedure used for the MIPS test is preferred to T scores because prevalence scores more accurately reflect differences in the prevalence of various personality traits in the population. The use of T-score transformations would impose an arbitrary statistical rule that bears little resemblance to the reality of normal population prevalence rates and would inaccurately represent the distribution of many personality traits.
What is the relevance of the Positive and Negative Impression scores?
The MIPS Revised test contains two scales that attempt to measure the extent to which an individual's response style is characteristic of a positive-impression or negative-impression response set. The Positive Impression (PI) scale was designed to identify those individuals who tried to create an overly positive impression of themselves on the test. The Negative Impression (NI) scale, on the other hand, was designed to identify individuals whose responses tend to be associated with a generally negative self-perception.
Will recording the wrong gender make a difference on the profile?
Yes, because the MIPS Revised test has separate male and female norms.