Multiple Intelligence Diagnostics
MI diagnostic tools exist to determine strengths and weaknesses. The tests are easy to take and score. Teachers can identify their own strengths and weaknesses and then make sure they do not teach only to their strengths. Students with identified strengths can use this self-knowledge to facilitate learning and to compensate for weaknesses.
MI Assessment Survey
The following survey may be used by students and/or teachers to identify your most effective learning styles. Individuals taking the survey are asked to read statements and answering “T” or “F” to each statement. A scoring scale is included.
Learning Styles: A Quick Survey
This quiz will help you identify your most effective learning styles. Read each statement. If it expresses some characteristic of yours and sounds true for the most part, mark it “T.” If it doesn’t, mark an “F.” If the statement is sometimes true, sometimes false, leave it blank.
____ 1. I’d rather draw a map than give someone verbal directions.
____ 2. If I am angry or happy, I usually know why.
____ 3. I can play (or used to play) a musical instrument.
____ 4. I can associate music with my moods.
____ 5. I can add or multiply quickly in my head.
____ 6. I can help a friend sort out strong feelings because I have successfully dealt with similar feelings myself.
____ 7. I like to work with calculators and computers.
____ 8. I pick up new dance steps first.
____ 9. It’s easy for me to say what I think in an argument or debate.
____ 10. I enjoy a good lecture, speech, or sermon.
____ 11. I always know north from south wherever I am.
____ 12. I like to gather groups of people together for parties or special events.
____ 13. Life seems empty without music.
____ 14. I always understand the drawings that come with new gadgets or appliances.
____ 15. I like to work puzzles and play games.
____ 16. Learning to ride a bike (or skates) was easy.
____ 17. I am irritated when I hear an argument or statement that sounds illogical.
____ 18. I can convince other people to follow my plans.
____ 19. My sense of balance and coordination is good.
____ 20. I often see patterns and relationships with numbers faster and easier than others.
____ 21. I enjoy building models (sculpting).
____ 22. I’m good at finding the fine points of word meanings.
____ 23. I can look at an object one way and see it turned backwards or sideways just as easily.
____ 24. I often connect a piece of music with some event in my life.
____ 25. I like to work with numbers and figures.
____ 26. I like to sit quietly and reflect on my inner feelings.
____ 31. I’m usually aware of the expression on my face.
____ 32. I’m sensitive to the expressions on other people’s faces.
____ 33. I stay “in touch” with my moods. I have no trouble identifying them.
____ 34. I am sensitive to the moods of others.
____ 35. I have a good sense of what others think of me.
The numbers in the columns below correspond to the numbered statements on the Quick Survey.
Circle the number of any statement you marked TRUE. At the bottom of each column, write the number of items circled. Transfer the total from each column to the graph below by shading above the letters.
-Adapted from Teachers Curriculum Institute Palo Alto, CA