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NEO-PI-3 Summary

Age: 12+
Time: 40 minutes
Uses: counseling, clinical, educational, business, industrial, government
Test User Qualifications:
  Level B qualifications required
  Hand scoring availableInternet scoring available
  Available in English


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NEO Personality Inventory-3

Paul T. Costa, Jr., Ph.D. & Robert R. McCrae, Ph.D. © 1985, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2010

The NEO-PI-3 is the updated version of the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R) - the standard questionnaire of the Five-Factor Model (FFM). It is a concise measure of the five major domains of personality (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness) and the six facets that define each domain.


  • In counseling and clinical settings with adolescents and adults.
  • In business and industrial settings.
  • Psychological research, including studies in sport psychology and recreation.


  • Items have been revised to be easier to read and appropriate for younger respondents or adults with lower educational levels.
  • Separate adolescent (12-20) and adult norms are available.
  • Profile forms were designed to be more user-friendly.
  • Separate profile forms are available for combined-sex norms.
  • Revised Professional Manual.


The NEO-PI-3 was designed to provide a general description of normal personality relevant to clinical, counseling and educational situations. The updated version retains the reliability and validity of the NEO PI-R and features new normative data. The NEO-PI-3 consists of 240 personality items and a validity item. All items were designed to be easily read and understood. In fact, 37 items were revised or edited to lower the reading level and make the instrument more appropriate for adolescents or adults with lower educational levels.

The five domains (factors) measured by the NEO-PI-3 provide a general description of personality, while the facet scales allow more detailed analysis. These five factors and their facet scales include:

  • Neuroticism (Anxiety, Hostility, Depression, Self-Consciousness, Impulsiveness, Vulnerability)
  • Extraversion (Warmth, Gregariousness, Assertiveness, Activity, Excitement-Seeking, Positive Emotions)
  • Openness to Experience (Fantasy, Aesthetics, Feelings, Actions, Ideas, Values)
  • Agreeableness (Trust, Modesty, Compliance, Altruism, Straightforwardness, Tender-Mindedness)
  • Conscientiousness (Competence, Self-Discipline, Achievement-Striving, Dutifulness, Order, Deliberation)

Hand Scoring

Materials required for hand scoring include a manual, one Form-S reusable test booklet, one answer sheet, one Form-S or Form-R Adolescent or Adult profile sheet and one feedback sheet per respondent. Note that Adolescent profile sheets are only available with the purchase of the Exam Kit.

Internet Scoring

The NEO-PI-3 is available online through SigmaTesting.Com. Our convenient online testing platform allows you instant local and remote testing and administrative access to a full range of tests and test results.


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NEO-PI-3 Materials

The NEO Inventories manual includes information on test materials and use, administration and scoring procedures, conceptualization and interpretation of domain and facet scores, interpretation of profiles, test development and validation, and applications and directions for future research.

NEO-PI-3 Exam Kit

Kit includes manual, 10 reusable Form-S test booklets, 10 Form-R test booklets (5 male & 5 female), 25 hand scorable answer sheets, 25 Form-S and 25 Form-R profile sheets, 25 combined-gender profile sheets (Form-S/Form-R), and 25 feedback sheets in a soft-sided attaché case.(choice of adult or adolescent norms). Also included is an online password.

Item No. 3701A-3 Adult norms... $346.00
Item No. 3701J-3 Adolescent norms... $346.00
NEO Inventories Manual
Item No. 3702-3 ... N/A


Research References

Research articles about the NEO-PI-3.

Business Sample Report

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Counseling Sample Report

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