“Are you an attention addict?” “How do you handle rejection?” “Are you a good roommate?” Most people (particularly ladies) have seen these quizzes and many others of the like pop up in magazines and on the internet. What baffles me is that these quiz headlines actually draw people in with the belief that if they take this short 5-10 question multiple choice quiz it will tell them if they are crave too much attention, if they have met the love of their life, or what the opposite sex will find most attractive about them. To find any kind of reliability or validity in the results of the assessments of these quizzes is impossible.
First, these quizzes are a mere 10 questions at the maximum, that draw conclusions about relationships, personalities, and suggested personal styles. To add to their lack of credibility, the quizzes use multiple-choice answers, which most of the time don’t even provide an answer suitable to the person taking the quiz. As a consultant or psychologist, can you imagine working with a client, asking them questions in order to understand them better, but instead of letting the client with their own words, you provide 3-4 choices of what you might suspect they would answer and have them choose one; “If you had to tell me what you’re feeling before you perform would you say that you’re a) nervous, b) anxious, c) confident, or d) distracted? Never mind the fact that the client could want to answer with more than one of the options, or something completely different, they must choose the one that best describes them.
Whether people choose to take these online and magazine quizzes for “fun” or because they actually might find some “truth” in the results that it gives them, it seems that everyone is curious about what 10 multiple choice can tell them about some aspect of their lives, even when none of the answers or explanations seem fitting. Certainly not a strong contender for the way and types of assessments any professional should use.