Definitions and Tests of EI
|"Emotional intelligence involves the ability to perceive accurately, appraise, and express emotion; the ability to access and/or generate feelings when they facilitate thought; the ability to understand emotion and emotional knowledge; and the ability to regulate emotions to promote emotional and intellectual growth."||"an array of non-cognitive capabilities, competencies, and skills that influence one’s ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures"||"emotional competence is 'a learned capability based on emotional intelligence that results in outstanding performance at work'"|
Test / Publisher
Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test
|Emotional Competence Inventory
|Testing Method /
|1. Look at the face (in the picture). Indicate how the person is feeling:
Angry 1 2 3 4 5
Sad 1 2 3 4 5
Happy 1 2 3 4 5
2. Someone feels more and more happy. When their emotion grows even past happiness and they are out of control, they feel:
|1. I have good relations with others
2. I’m fun to be with
3. I like helping people
1 2 3 4 5
|1. Aware of own feelings
2. Open to new ideas
3. Builds rapport
A B C D E F G
Disclaimer and Important Note: Please see each test's manual for up-to-date and complete information. This table, and this site, does not claim to be an objective review of the field! You have to get information on each approach and make up your own mind.
Which test should you use?
You need to select a measure based upon your research hypotheses or your clinical application. What are you trying to measure? You can't just say "emotional intelligence", but instead, you should specify your hypotheses and link potential tests to possible interventions or outcomes.