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International Personality Item Pool Representation of the NEO PI-R® 120

International Personality Item Pool Representation of the NEO PI-R® 120

What is IPIP-NEO-120

IPIP-NEO-120 is a publically available representation of five domains and 30 facets of the Five Factor Model (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness), drawing 120 items from the International Personality Item Pool.

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What does IPIP-NEO-120 measure

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

  • estimate standing on the 5 broad domains and 30 subdomains of personality.



Type of outcome tool


Assessment modes


Age and eligibility

10 years and above

Estimated time

10-20 minutes


  • This inventory estimates client's standing on the 5 broad domains and 30 subdomains of personality.
  • The inventory does not reveal hidden, secret information about the client nor does it assess serious psychological disorders.
  • The report is designed to be objective, not pleasing or flattering.
  • Personality traits describe, relative to other people, the frequency or intensity of a person's feelings, thoughts, or behaviors. Possession of a trait is therefore a matter of degree. We might describe two individuals as extraverts, but still see one as more extraverted than the other. This report uses expressions such as "extravert" or "high in extraversion" to describe someone who is likely to be seen by others as relatively extraverted.
  • Please keep in mind that "low," "average," and "high" scores on a personality test are neither absolutely good nor bad. A particular level on any trait will probably be neutral or irrelevant for a great many activities, be helpful for accomplishing some things, and detrimental for accomplishing other things.
  • As with any personality inventory, scores and descriptions can only approximate an individual's actual personality.
  • High and low score descriptions are usually accurate, but average scores close to the low or high boundaries might misclassify client as only average. On each set of six subdomain scales it is somewhat uncommon but certainly possible to score high in some of the subdomains and low in the others. In such cases more attention should be paid to the subdomain scores than to the broad domain score.
  • Measurement error, misunderstandings, carelessness, and mischievous responding can invalidate the report.
  • Questions about the accuracy of your results are best resolved by showing your report to people who know you well.
  • If knowledgeable acquaintances disagree with the test results, then the results are wrong.

Note: The scoring tools/norms used for this report is obtained from

Attribution and References

Johnson, J. A. (2014). Measuring thirty facets of the Five Factor Model with a 120-item public domain inventory: Development of the IPIP-NEO-120. Journal of Research in Personality, 51, 78-89.