Unique Test Features

Simmons Management Systems proudly offers you the Simmons Personal Survey!

Brief Overview

The Simmons Personal Survey is the most powerful job-related assessment tool available on the market. The Survey, with its 57 performance indicators, accurately and objectively measures the most important job-related emotional and behavioral tendencies, such as:  Energy, Stress, Optimism, Self-Esteem, Commitment to Work, Attention to Detail, Desire for Change, Physical Courage, Self-Direction, Assertiveness, Tolerance, Consideration for Others, and Sociability.

The Personal Survey will let you see just what each applicant or employee is like, penetrating the facade they often attempt to present. In just a few minutes time, you can know more about their character than you would by observing them for several years!

Character qualities are compared to one of our standard job norms or to a customized norm. This allows you to accurately predict job performance in any job, making the Survey an excellent tool for selection, placement, management, personal development, training needs assessment, and outplacement.!


The Survey is administered in two parts. On Part I, persons check any of 360 adjectives, stating how they think others feel about them. On Part II, they check any of 360 adjectives that describe how they feel about themselves. Subjects may refer to an adjective dictionary (written at a 6th grade reading level) to understand any unfamiliar words.

The Survey may be taken on the internet or on paper answer blanks that are then faxed into our grading server.

Unique Features

The Adjective Advantage: Adjectives are used instead of the long sentences that most other tests use, for two important reasons.

1) Single adjectives such as the word "responsible" are easily understood and can be responded to quickly. Using adjectives allows the Survey to have BOTH a very reliable data base (720 responses) AND a very low average completion time (just 30 minutes)!

2) Second, checking adjectives rather quickly gives the subject less ability to control how their results look, yielding a more honest response, more often.

Two Tests in One: Instead of merely letting the subject say how he sees himself, the Survey balances this information against the person's perception of how others see him. This method of using the perception of "others" is a proven interviewing technique.

For instance, if in an interview a manager is asked, "how considerate are you of your workers? he will usually say, "I am very considerate". He may even be able to give you a few examples of times when he has been considerate.

However, when asked "how considerate do your workers think you are? we often get a quite different answer. They may say, "they think I am too harsh". When asked, "why do these workers feel you are harsh? we begin to see examples of harshness, often to the surprise of the interviewee.

Character tests that leave out this "other" information cannot possibly achieve the accuracy of the Personal Survey, since they rely solely upon the person's "self-concept", which is only half of the picture, at best.

The Survey Measures the Variations that Real People Have:  Most people are not the same way all the time.  They do not feel the same way all the time.  They do not behave the same way all the time.  And, their feelings can be quite opposite to their behavior.  To accurately report on what people are like, a test must measure and describe this variability.  Very few tests do.

The Simmons Personal Survey shows:   1) how the person really feels, wants to behave, and will behave if not under pressure from others, shown by an "S",  2) how they may present themselves to others (whether honest, or a facade) "O",  3) how they will tend to actually perform - shown by a bar,  4) the variation in self-concept,  5) the variation in behavior before others,  6) the variation in actual performance,  7) how the person probably has been in the past,  8) how they are now, and  9) what they are becoming!

We know of no other test that shows this full, realistic range of human character.  Most other tests grossly over-simplify human character by giving the person a single score per trait, or worse yet, showing them as a cookie-cut "type" of person, made up of several static single scores.  This limited view of human character automatically results in inaccuracy and lack of depth in predicting performance.

* Every test sent in goes through 5 validity checks to insure accuracy.

* Written at a 6th grade reading level.  Even basic workers can answer the questions.  Also available in Spanish.

* Average completion time is just 30 minutes.

* Web answer blanks take no administrator time.  Results are turned around in 5 minutes, by email, 24/7.

* There are standard & custom norms for every job in the world.