Personality Test with verbal content

14 (short version) / 31 items

Test without time limit

Processing time: approx. 4 / 8 minutes

Inhouse-test with supervision

Home-test without supervision


Croatian, Dutch, English, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

other languages on request

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Career starters

People with a lot of DRIVE have strong work-related achievement motivation. They work in a concentrated, persistent manner and are committed to high quality standards and the rapid implementation of their tasks. With their frequently proactively developed solutions, they strive to influence their work environment. Their interest in new content and tasks ensures the continuous further development of their competencies. They often measure themselves against the performance of their colleagues and strive for a successful career.


In the long version, DRIVE captures 5 different facets of work-related achievement motivation:

Z (Z-Score): Standard score in value range 70-130 (M=100, SD=10); PR (percentile rank): Share in reference group with a score that is at most as high.


The DRIVE test is completed in random order in Likert scale format. Following an introductory instruction, individual job-related statements (items) are specified, which must be evaluated on a 7-level scale in terms of agreement/disagreement. All items of the item pool are in random order. The presentation typically takes place together with other personality scales in one test module. The items from the various tests are mixed together to reduce fatigue and transparency and thus socially desired response behaviour.

If no differentiated motivation profile is required, DRIVE can be used as a short version. By halving the test time, this version is limited to those items that measure initiative and task orientation.

Theoretical background

As different as the people are themselves, so are the things that drive them. A large number of theoretical approaches from motivational research have therefore been taken into account in the development of DRIVE. This resulted in a test that captures the concept of work-related achievement motivation across its entire breadth. This makes it possible to compare individual motivation with the requirements and framework conditions of concrete activities. In addition to cognitive abilities, achievement motivation across different professions plays a decisive role in professional success. It affects which professional goals a person sets himself or herself and how high the probability of success is to achieve them. 

Due to the diverse effects of work-related achievement motivation on work results, the use of DRIVE is recommended for all target groups, in personnel selection and potential analysis.

Psychometric properties

α = .72

Construct validity
.40 Emotional Stability
.53 Extraversion
.60 Conscientiousness
.52 Openness
.29 Agreeableness (TAKE5)
.40 Integrity (PIA)
.55 Social Competence (SOCIAL)
.59 Customer Orientation (CSO)
.05 Abstract Problem-Solving (MATRIX)
.08 Logical Reasoning (SYLLOG)
.03 Applied Problem-Solving (POTENTIAL) 

Criterion validity
.23 Career success
.15 Training success
.25 Grades

Norm basis
N > 50,000

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