Comparing the EQ-i 2.0 and MEIA-W

Emotional intelligence (EI) is an important predictor of job performance and leadership ability. When selecting an EI assessment, it is important to consider what kind of assessment it is and what it is measuring. The EQ-i and MEIA-W are two popular workplace-based EI assessments but there are some key differences between them.

How do the EI tests compare?

EQ-i 2.0 MEIA-W
Administration time 20-30 minutes 20 minutes
Number of items 130 144
Norm sample 4000 adults from the general population 1750 job applicants and incumbents
Can be used on 18 years + 16 years +
  • One total EI score
  • 5 composite scores
  • 15 subscales
  • 1 well-being indicator
  • 6 “core EI” scales
  • 4 “proximal outcome” scales
Based on Theory and research Salovey and Meyer’s (1990) model of emotional intelligence
Support for assessment Unknown Predicts job performance over and above cognitive ability and personality.
Scales measured  The EQ-i measures:

1. Self-perception Composite

  • Self-Regard, Self-Actualization, Emotional Self-Awareness

2. Self-expression Composite

  • Emotional Expression, Assertiveness, Independence

3. Interpersonal Composite

  • Interpersonal Relationships, Empathy, Social Responsibility

4. Decision Making Composite

  • Problem Solving, Reality Testing, Impulse Control

5. Stress Management Composite

  • Flexibility, Stress Tolerance, Optimism

Well-being indicator – Happiness

 The MEIA-W measures:

Core Emotional Intelligence

  • Recognition of Emotion in the Self
  • Regulation of Emotion in the Self
  • Recognition of Emotion in Others
  • Regulation of Emotion in Others
  • Nonverbal Expression
  • Empathy

Proximal Outcomes

  • Intuition versus Reason
  • Creative Thinking
  • Mood Redirected Attention
  • Motivating Emotions

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