Example Items


The MSCEIT has eight sub-tests and 141 individual items. These examples are meant to illustrate the type of items that this ability test of emotional intelligence consists of.

Perceiving Emotions

Indicate how much of each emotion is present in this picture.


Emotion Not Much


Happiness 1 2 3 4 5
Fear 1 2 3 4 5
Sadness 1 2 3 4 5
Surprise 1 2 3 4 5

Using Emotions

What mood(s) might be helpful to feel when meeting in-laws for the very first time?

Mood Not Useful


Tension 1 2 3 4 5
Surprise 1 2 3 4 5
Joy 1 2 3 4 5

Understanding Emotions

Tom felt anxious, and became a bit stressed when he thought about all the work he needed to do. When his supervisor brought him an additional project, he felt ____.  (Select the best choice.)
a) Overwhelmed

b) Depressed

c) Ashamed

d) Self Conscious

e) Jittery

Managing Emotions

Debbie just came back from vacation. She was feeling peaceful and content.  How well would each action preserve her mood?

Action 1: She started to make a list of things at home that she needed to do.

Very Ineffective..1…..2…..3…..4…..5..Very Effective

Action 2: She began thinking about where and when she would go on her next vacation.

Very Ineffective..1…..2…..3…..4…..5..Very Effective

Action 3: She decided it was best to ignore the feeling since it wouldn’t last anyway.

Very Ineffective..1…..2…..3…..4…..5..Very Effective