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For more than 50 years, coaches, counselors, psychologists and human resource experts have trusted this powerful assessment tool to help them create efficient and productive organizations, promote teamwork, build leadership competencies, and find and develop employees who are destined for success. With 434 items, the CPI instrument provides unmatched validity and reliability as a dynamic and objective measure of personality and behavior. The complete collection of tools includes narrative reports; comparative profiles based on both gender-specific and combined male/female norms; and a comprehensive tool kit of in-depth case studies and reproducible masters that demonstrate how the CPI assessment can be used in any business or organizational setting.

The CPI test assess 29 scales in 5 areas:

  • Dealing with Others
  • Self-Management
  • Motivations and Thinking Style
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Work-Related Measures

Uses for the California Psychological Inventory (CPI™) 434

Employee Selection
Individual Development


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The CPI 434® is a level C instrument, which means to access and administer this assessment you must either be a trained and certified practitioner, hold a degree in psychology or a related discipline and have satisfactorily completed graduate-level coursework. Our qualification level requirements help ensure that each practitioner fully understands the best and most ethical way to administer, interpret and apply the CPI test.

Available to level C qualified Canadians only.

The assessment is available in French and English, contains 434 items and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete online (


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The CPI ™ Profile is a clear and organized presentation of your client’s CPI type, level, and Folk Scales scores. It provides a snapshot of CPI 434 results, highlighting the important elements, which allows for quick and easy interpretation. The organization of the Profile saves you time by providing all the information you need to prepare your own narrative interpretation for the client.

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This comprehensive report provides you with a well-organized narrative interpretation of your client’s CPI 434 results. It includes a Profile of your client’s CPI type, level, and Folk Scales results, and then elaborates on that information in narrative form for a comprehensive CPI interpretation. The Narrative Report includes all 100 California Q-sort items, from the most descriptive to the least descriptive, which make predictive statements about your client’s behavior to aid your interpretation, helping you describe your client in a close, knowledgeable, and objective manner.

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Beginning with the five parts of the CPI ™ Narrative Report -type and level information, Folk Scales plots for gender and total/combined norms, individual Folk Scales in a narrative format, and a personalized ranking of the 100 Q-sort items-the Configural Analysis Report builds on that information by providing two types of interpretations based on combinations of scales: (1) empirical analyses derived from research; and (2) speculative analyses derived from interpretations by the author or his colleagues.

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