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About the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Tests (MSCEIT's)

Introduction to the MSCEIT Tests

Obtaining the MSCEIT

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The Reliability of the MSCEIT Tests

The MSCEIT generates a number of scores including an overall index of emotional intelligence, and individual scores for the four branches of the model (e.g., Perceiving Emotions, Using Emotions, etc.). Although the test can be scored in two ways (general consensus and expert consensus scoring), the two methods are so similar in ranking people as to be nearly indistinguishable. The manual reports the following reliabilities for the overall test and its branches (from p. 35), and most published reports have been consistent with the following. These are internal consistency reliabilites, employing a split-half approach (see here for an explanation of why coefficient alpha should not be used to calculate the reliability of the MSCEIT):

The overall reliability of the test is r = .93 for general, and .91 for expert scoring, respectively.

The reliability of the Perceving Emotion branch scores are r = .91 and .90, for general and expert scoring, respectively.

The reliability of the Facilitating Emotion branch scores are r = .79 and .76, for general and expert scoring, respectively.

The reliability of the Understanding Emotion branch scores are r = .80 and .77, for general and expert scoring, respectively.

The reliability of the Managing Emotion branch scores are r = .83 and .81, for general and expert scoring, respectively.