Ability Model of Emotional Intelligence Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test
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MSCEIT Examples





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The MSCEIT has eight sub-tests and over one hundred individual items.  These examples are meant to illustrate the type of items that this ability test of emotional intelligence consists of.

Branch 1 - Identifying Emotions


Branch 2 - Facilitation

What mood(s) might be helpful to feel when meeting in-laws for the very first time?

                Not Useful                       Useful
a) Tension                       1      2      3      4      5

b) Surprise                     1      2      3      4      5

c) Joy                               1      2      3      4      5

Branch 3 - Understanding Emotions

Tom felt anxious, and became a bit stressed when he thought about all the work he needed to do. When his supervisor brought him an additional project, he felt ____.  (Select the best choice.)
a) Overwhelmed

b) Depressed

c) Ashamed

d) Self Conscious

e) Jittery

Branch 4 - Managing Emotions

1. Debbie just came back from vacation. She was feeling peaceful and content.  How well would each action preserve her mood?

Action 1: She started to make a list of things at home that she needed to do.

Very Ineffective..1.....2.....3.....4.....5..Very Effective

Action 2: She began thinking about where and when she would go on her next vacation.

Very Ineffective..1.....2.....3.....4.....5..Very Effective

Action 3: She decided it was best to ignore the feeling since it wouldn't last anyway.

Very Ineffective..1.....2.....3.....4.....5..Very Effective