Why TypeFocus

1. Focus on your personality type

Your reports will be based upon the work of C. G. Jung, a Swiss psychoanalyst who published a book called Psychological Types that changed the way people saw themselves. When people understand their personality preferences, they often experience a surprised "ah-ha" feeling of enlightenment. Choices and events that used to be puzzling now make sense.

Join the millions upon millions who have discovered what strengths they have based on their personality preferences.

2. Scientifically validated assessment tools

All the assessment tools in the TypeFocus site have been scientifically validated and proven over time to be what they say they are: some of the best assessment tools that can be created. This means you can trust them.

TypeFocus measures four interactive concepts: personality, interests, skills and values. The combination of these four instruments gives unparalleled power to providing you with great insights and accurate results.

The TypeFocus assessment tools have been designed to be interactive and fun as well as reliable and valid.

What do we mean by Scientifically Validated?


In 2009, Dave Wood asked the TypeFocus clients (career centers in high schools, colleges, universities and community offices like OneStops) to help update the TypeFocus Type Indicator instrument. With their help he was able to distribute over 1000 Form M MBTI® instruments along with an equal number of the new TypeFocus® questionnaires. This gave him an excellent sample size and allowed him to state with scientific certainty that the TypeFocus® and Myers-Briggs® instruments are measuring the same concepts.

Sample Size and Demographics

Sample Size Age Students Ethnicity Sex
School age (14-17) 15%
College age (18-21) 53%
Adults (> 21) 32%
Students 85%
Non-students 15%
White 64%
Black 7%
Asian: 5%
Hispanic 18%
Other 6%
Male 38%
Female 62%

Reliability Results

The reliability of the TypeFocus Type Indicator ranges from 0.88 to 0.89 for split-half correlations. These are very high reliability scores and indicate that the TypeFocus results will be consistent.

To put those figures into context, the reliability of the MBTI® Form G (Table 8.1 in the MBTI® Manual) ranges from 0.82 to 0.86 for split-half correlations and this is considered excellent. The reliability of the MBTI® Form M (Table 8.1 in the MBTI® Manual) ranges from 0.89 to 0.92.

Validity Results

Validity means measuring what you think you are measuring; assessment tools need to demonstrate through empirical (i.e. scientific) studies that what they say they are measuring is in fact true. This is usually accomplished by correlating one result with another. For example, if a test purports to measure intelligence, then high scores on that test should correlate with higher marks in school.

In our case, if the TypeFocus test is actually measuring personality type as measured by the MBTI® then the two tests should be highly correlated. And they are.

The TypeFocus Type Indicator results correlate strongly with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® results:

  • E-I continuous scores = .83
  • S-N continuous scores = .80
  • T-F continuous scores = .83
  • J-P continuous scores = .83

These high correlations indicate that both instruments are measuring the same thing and therefore the research results based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® can be applied to the TypeFocus results as well.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a registered trademark of Consulting Psychologists Press Inc.

3. Useful application tools

TypeFocus reports are heuristic, which means the reports "serve as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental methods." Another way of saying this is that the TypeFocus reports will give you feedback in such a way that you can help yourself. The reports are designed to be used to improve your performance. That's why the TypeFocus motto is Success Through Self Awareness.

As you become more aware of why you do what you do, you become more effective at what you do. It is a positive feedback loop and is the most effective way for anyone to learn is through experience.

4. User friendly Program Design

TypeFocus has really focused on making your online experience a happy one. Our approach to site navigation and support is second to none. You can focus on how to use your personality strengths to be successful; everything you do is saved so you can come back again and again to explore your results.