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Positivity Test - PT

1st edition 2019

by Gian Vittorio Caprara, Guido Alessandri, Patrizia Steca

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* Online assessments are accessed through the Hogrefe Testsystem (HTS)


* Online assessments are accessed through the Hogrefe Testsystem (HTS)

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Area of use

The Positivity Test (PT) is a self-report questionnaire for the assessment of positive attitude, and explores how people view themselves, their future, their life, and their general trust in others.

Language Versions

US English, Dutch, Italian, and UK English

Product Description

Positive thought, or positivity, can be described as a basic general tendency to approach everyday life with hope and trust. It has also been shown to be a successful predictor of professional success. Positivity corresponds to a pervasive tendency in how people look at reality, which can have a profound effect on the way in which they assign significance and value to their existence in the world.

The PT is a useful tool for businesses, as evidence links positivity to job performance. It can also be used by clinical psychologists as a predictor for mood changes or disorders such as depression. Cross-cultural studies have shown that it is equally appropriate for people from different cultural backgrounds. Results include scores on the Positive Orientation Scale and the Positivity Scale, and two validity scales improve the reliability of results by measuring heroic self-perception and moralistic self-perception (self-presentation strategies well known in the field of social psychology).

Online testing

Our online testing is available through the Hogrefe Testsystem (HTS) – click here for an overview.

HTS access is via a subscription model, where users pay an annual fee for periodic maintenance and upgrades to new features. This fee is being waived through 2022, as we invite you to become familiar with HTS for your assessment needs.

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Reliability (Cronbach`s alpha) for the Positive Orientation Scale and Positivity Scale were .85, and the two validity scales were .73 (Heroic Perception and .68 Moralistic Perception).

Test Validity

High correlations between the Positive Orientation Scale and the Positivity Scale demonstrate the high convergent validity of the two scales, and both validity scales are highly correlated with each other.


US Working population (N = 825)

Processing Time

The PT is untimed, and typically takes 10 minutes to complete.

Copyright year


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