What MI Am I?
There is currently no official multiple intelligences test.
Many people, and especially policymakers in education and other sectors, are persistent in their desires to develop an instrument for measuring intelligence, particularly a self-administered multiple intelligences test based on Howard Gardner’s theory. Gardner advises against self-assessment for the following two reasons:
-There is no evidence to suggest that most people possess great insight into their own strengths and weaknesses; and
-Most people don’t know how to differentiate preferences (what you would like to do), interests (what appeals to you), and computational capacities.
Triangulation by incorporating several viewpoints is thus the key to an overall accurate measure of the intelligences. This would include having individuals rate themselves in a self-assessment as well as having their family, friends, and teachers rate them objectively.
The gold standard in assessments consists of performance measurements, where one has to demonstrate intelligence and not just testify to it. So, for example, a good way to assess interpersonal intelligence would be to observe how a person handles and/or resolves conflict situation or motivates others to pursue a certain course of action. One could assess spatial intelligence by seeing how quickly a person masters an unfamiliar geographical terrain. These kinds of exercises would hold for the other intelligences as well.
Howard Gardner has not developed a multiple intelligences test or assessment himself. Others have developed their own measures of the multiple intelligences. The best known instrument is the MIDAS, developed by Branton Shearer, which has been administered to thousands of people all over the world.
Please enjoy the following quiz, knowing that it is not an official multiple intelligences test or a comprehensive profile of your intelligences. Rather, it is an exercise intended to get users thinking about the intelligences and how they may function. You will watch a video and then answer a couple of questions about your reactions, which may provide some small insights into your own intellectual propensities.
For more information about the components of MI, visit our corresponding page.
‘CATS’ QUIZ PART I
Please watch the following clip from the Broadway Musical ‘CATS.’
When you are done watching the video, click the Take the Quiz button to provide your response. Then, hit Take the Quiz again to close the menu, and move on to Part II by clicking the button below the video.
Take The Quiz
‘CATS’ QUIZ PART II
Re-watch the video. Each time you re-watch, focus on a different aspect of the clip:
The orchestral music
The emotional turmoil of the main character
The lyrics of the song ‘Memory’
The dance motion and movements of the performers
The stage and background
Your own emotional experience
How ‘cat-like’ the performance is
When you are done re-watching the clip, please click Take the Quiz Pt II in order to vote again, and then click View Results to read what your choices indicate about you.View Results
What MI Am I?
For this MI quiz, we asked you to watch a clip from the musical ‘CATS,’ which showed a performer singing ‘Memory.’
We then had you select which aspect of the clip was most interesting to you.
We then had you re-watch the clip, focusing on each of these different aspects.
Finally, we had you select which of these aspects was easiest for you to focus on.
Each ‘aspect’ corresponded with a specific intelligence:
- The orchestral music = Musical intelligence
- The emotional turmoil of the main character = Interpersonal intelligence
- The lyrics of the song ‘Memory’ = Linguistic intelligence
- The dance motions and movements of the performers = Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence
- The stage and background = Spatial intelligence
- Your own emotional experience = Intrapersonal intelligence
- How ‘cat-like’ the performance is = Naturalistic intelligence
In turn, whichever ‘aspects’ you found most interesting and easiest to focus on are indicative of your intellectual strengths.
We hope you enjoyed this quiz and found it insightful!
Take The Quiz Pt II