6 Best Free Strengths Test Sites

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free strengths testOrganizations are more than the sum of the individuals that compose them, but the most basic, and perhaps the most important, form of strengths investment lies with the individual.  When more individuals within organizations have their talents identified, understood, and integrated into their lives, the organization has greater potential.  ~Donald O. Clifton and James K. Harter, Investing in Strengths

Donald Clifton and other researchers challenged business leaders to think about identifying and growing people’s strengths, instead of only looking  at weaknesses.

When we are doing the work we love with the strengths we have, we find we have higher productivity, enjoyment, and results.

I’ve searched the internet to find some of the best free sites so that you can discover and grow your strengths.

Here are Some Guidelines For Harnessing Your Strengths

Discover Them

The the online tests.  Save the results.  Review them periodically.

Free Aptitude Test: Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses

This 5 minute test helps you pinpoint your top three strengths and their details, as well as one weakness.

Discover Your Skills

Mike Rowe, host and creator of Discover Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” show, helped create this site to help beginners discover their ideal first jobs, and to help others who want to change careers.  It’s fun to explore the free resources at this site.

Learn Myself

Learn Myself claims to have the “most scientifically accurate” personality test.  While that’s questionable, it is free!  I took the test myself and found that it described me pretty well.

41 Questions

This is more a personality quiz based on Jung and the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory.  You’ll get a general description of yourself.  But you’ll have to pay for the more in-depth report.    You can avoid that by going to Humanetrics’ detailed personality quiz and analysis.  Once you’ve taken the test, you’ll have access to 4 free reports for developing self-growth, your career, team development, and pre-employment screening (if you’re a business owner), or even if you are outsourcing and want to pre-screen your contractors.

The Color Quiz 

Once again, I’m not sure of all the science behind this test.  But it’s short, and fun, and I found some of the results intriguing.

You can take it just for fun.  If the results apply to you, incorporate the conclusions into a personal growth plan.

My Next Move

This site is for my American readers only.  But you may loosely apply it to your own part of the world.

You can search careers by keywords, explore by industry, or click on a brief quiz to narrow down what industries and careers may interest you next.

When you click on a particular career, you’ll see the knowledge, aptitudes, and skills generally needed for that job, as well as the occupational outlook and median salary for the job.

Analyze Your Past and Current Work Experiences

You can learn a lot from your past and current work.

List all the main activities of your past or current work.

Think back to projects you particularly enjoyed.

What experiences challenged you to grow: you may have been afraid to “put yourself out there,” but you pushed through and greatly enjoyed it.  And you were good at it!

Create A Plan To Grow Your Strengths

Just in time learning overcomes overwhelm and procrastination.  We encounter millions of bits of information every week (well, I don’t know if it’s that much, but it’s a lot!).

Once we’ve identified our strengths, it’s time to take the next action toward putting that strength to use.

Read my article about creating your professional growth plan to kick-start this process.

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What are some best free strength test sites you’d recommend?

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  1. says

    Hi Stephen
    this is awesome!
    Thank you for providing the links and descriptions.

    I will bookmark it so I can come back to check out the individual tests.

    I appreciate your suggestions in regards to what we can learn from the past.

    Love and Light
    Yorinda
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    • says

      Hi, Kevin. I’m glad you enjoy completing these as much as I do. Let me know some of your profiles once you’ve finished!

    • says

      I hope you discover new strengths, Marquita! Or you may just confirm what you already knew, but didn’t have the words for.

  2. says

    Hi Stephen, it’s great that you’re promoting this, I was pleased when my younger daughter went through her last years at school, because they were encouraging the kids to apply for jobs depending on what subjects they did best at. So, they figured that if children did well in a subject, they must like that topic.
    I thought that was better than the way I had to choose when I first went to secondary school.
    As soon as I went to secondary school, I had to choose my profession (when I was only 12),
    and do the subjects that went with that job/profession. How can a young child know what they
    want to do at that age?
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  3. says

    Hi Stephen!

    This is so much fun. I did the Aptitude test and was pleased by the results. Thanks so much for gathering this information and linking it to your blog post.
    If there is one thing I like to do best it is grow! Each day I look forward to be a better human being. I enjoy these ‘tests” because it helps getting inside myself. I always like to know how I can improve and also, if there is something “wrong” I want to fix it.

    Thanks for the great time!
    Donna
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  4. says

    When I was in the Army one of the things I did was to make sure that I knew the particular strengths of each particular Soldier that I had. This allowed me to create teams that worked well together in most situations. I also focused my junior leaders on identifying the weaknesses that they and their teams had. This allowed us to not only play in their strengths, but help them overcome their weakness.
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  5. says

    Stephen,
    wow, this was a great articles.. thanks for your research… it is so important to know each strengths so we can capitalize on them and find out what are the weaknesses and improve on them..

    You done a great job researching, and I also noticed you have other great resources on your website… You are truly a great student and teacher…
    Thanks so much for sharing so much of what you practice.
    nickc
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  6. says

    Stephen,
    Great post and it is such fun to take those tests.
    Alex Mandossian has just offered a test to help you determine what type you are.
    I am a Humanitarian and the people most like me are Oprah Winfrey, Mahatma Ghandi and Abraham Lincoln. It’s quite obvious, isn’t it, that I am so much like them? LOL But I did find that inspiring to see myself associated with such influential and caring people.
    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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  7. says

    Hey Stephen,

    Thanks for sharing some of these cool testing sites. I enjoyed taking the test from 41q.com to check out what my personality is :) I am going to tesst myself with all of the sites and see if I find any similarities. I think it would be cool to find some connections, that way it was suggest certain things about yourself.
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  8. says

    These are so worth it. There’s no price to that of learning about yourself. The Myers Briggs test helped me so much.
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