College Personality Quiz: Part 11: Interpreting Your Scores

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Scoring and More Information

For each category:

High Scores: 57 or above
Medium Scores: 48 to 56
Low Scores: 47 or less

What the scores mean:

High scorers anticipate college in a favorable way and are looking forward to the collegiate experience. Adjustment will likely be easy as your enthusiasm will be a great asset in learning to master college life. While you may have some concerns about college, in general your attitude is positive. Because you played a primary role in deciding to attend college, you likely have specific goals regarding the appropriate use of your college years.

Low or medium scorers may want to think carefully about their motivations for attending college. Similarly, they will want to give special consideration to the ways they might make college a satisfying and productive experience. Some fears about college, leaving home and being independent are perfectly normal, so if you scored low, involve yourself in the planning and decision-making processes. That’ll help you feel more in control and less like you are being pushed into college. But do think carefully about—and seek assistance with—the timing and the nature of your college years.

What your scores tell you about choosing a college:

See below for a list of your scores, and read the descriptions above to see what the scores mean.

Your scores are as follows:

Enthusiasm: N/A
Participant Learning: N/A
Love of Knowledge: N/A
Academic Skills: N/A
Independence: N/A
Career Orientation: N/A
Socially Consciousness: N/A
Understanding Yourself: N/A
Balance:
Eagerness: N/A

Look back on the categories where your scores are highest, where your scores are lowest and where your scores are in the middle range.

All of your scores may have fallen in the high range, or they all may have fallen in the low range. Either is perfectly normal. Another possibility is that most of your scores fell in the medium range. Again, that's OK. If they fell in the medium range, go back and review the descriptions of each category to decide which facets of the descriptions are true of you. Remember, high scores are not necessarily "good," and low scores are not necessarily "bad." Scores are meaningful only in helping you learn more about yourself. Such insight will help you make better college choices.

The following questions pertain to your scores in all of the categories. The questions will allow you to analyze, clarify and understand what your scores mean as you begin the task of choosing your college.

A. You scored N/A in the "School Enthusiasm" category and N/A in the "Eagerness for College" category. What do these scores tell you about your motivation for going to college?

B. Your scored N/A in the category "Basic Academic Skills." What does your score indicate about your writing, reading, note taking and prioritizing skills? How do you assess the academic skills you will need to be successful in college?

C. You scored N/A in the "Affection for Knowledge" category and N/A in the "Career Orientation" category. What might they suggest about your desire for a general ("liberal arts") education as compared to one geared toward career preparation?

D. You scored N/A in the "Affection for Knowledge" category and in the category "Academic/Social Balance." From these scores, determine how much pressure is right for you in choosing a college. Remember to be realistic; seldom is a radical change seen overnight.

E. Your scored N/A in the "Independence" category and N/A in "Self-Understanding." What do your scores tell you about your ability to handle the independent living demanded in college? What issues, if any, will you need to deal with prior to leaving for college?

F. You scored N/A in the "Self-Understanding" category. How well do you feel you know yourself? Don't be distressed if your answer is "not very well." The teenage years, after all, are times of change and you may still be thinking about and working on the many dimensions of yourself. This type of work and thought is commendable.

G. You scored N/A in the "Participant Learner" category. What does it indicate in terms of size of the college that would enable you to make good grades? What type of relationship with professors will be best for you?

H. Here is a recap of your scores:

Enthusiasm: N/A
Participant Learning: N/A
Love of Knowledge: N/A
Academic Skills: N/A
Independence: N/A
Career Orientation: N/A
Socially Consciousness: N/A
Understanding Yourself: N/A
Balance:
Eagerness: N/A

Looking at all of them, what have you learned about yourself which might be helpful in assessing your strengths and weaknesses as a potential college student? What else did you learn about yourself that may help you with "fitting in" to a college?

Good luck with your college search!

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