MAP Test  
     
      Description  
      Interpretation  
      Validity  

Description and Interpretation:

In personality assessments, people may be described by what they would characteristically do in particular situations, that is, in terms of the traits that typify their behavior. In addition they may be described in terms of two inborn traits (1) their basic motivational patterns (temperament) and (2) their learning style.

The Uniqueness of the M.A.P. is that it measures three components; learning style, temperament, and personality factors that may impede or enhance one's productivity in life. No other tool puts these factors together along with the added bonus of an ADHD evaluation in one simple assessment.

The M.A.P. has proven to be an efficient instrument in that it is brief (100 questions) requiring on the average about fifteen to thirty minutes to administer, yet has excellent reliability for individual use. Its scales were developed through the use of comparative factor analysis. Every item is keyed on its appropriate scale; no item is keyed on more than one scale. Throughout its development, samples were used from five age brackets and by gender. The item content has been found to be meaningful for each of these groups. The scales have been found to have discriminating power within each of these groups.

A five choice format is employed for the M.A.P. Each question provides two opposite statements, one on the left and the other on the right. The client will choose the statement that best fits him/her "most of the time", "sometimes", or "50/50." For this type of assessment, providing more options were deemed more appropriate than forcing a client to make a choice in the "either - or" format.

The M.A.P. Is self-administered on the computer. One question will be displayed on the screen at a time. The questions appear in random order so that the client cannot detect patterns that may alter the results. There are no time limits yet every question must be answered or the computer will not advance to the next question.

The results are then placed on a graph called The M.A.P. Composite so clients can evaluate their profile. The 16 contrasting factors are as follows:

1.
Right Brain Dominance
vs.
Left Brain Dominance
2.
Kinesethic Probability
vs.
Conceptual Probability
3.
Auditory Learning Style
vs.
Visual Learning Style
4.
ADHD Tendency
vs.
No ADHD Tendency
5.
Difficulty Focusing
vs.
Measured Perseverance
6.
Impulsivity
vs.
Future Orientation
7.
Need to Control
vs.
No Need For Control
8.
High Hyperactivity
vs.
Sustained Calmness
9.
Anger Control Difficulty
vs.
Emotional Control
10.
Time Management Difficulty
vs.
Organizational Ability
11.
Overwhelming Anxiety
vs.
Mental Serenity
12.
Depression Probability
vs.
Optimistic Thinking
13.
Relationships
vs.
Appreciated Seclusion
14.
Perfection
vs.
Easy Going
15.
Consistency
vs.
Enjoys Change
16.
Task Completion
vs.
Unhurried

For interpretive purposes, scales 1-4 analyze learning styles, scales 5-12 reveal personality characteristics, and scales 13-16 reflect motivational/temperament. In addition, all norms are in percentile form. Raw scores are converted to percentages and recorded by the computer. For convenience in interpreting percentile scores, a chart is created that divides probability levels from "pronounced" to "not significant."