Entrepreneur Potential Test

Want to run your own business? Take this online personality test for potential entrepreneurs and see if you have what it takes.

Pre-Employment Test

Purpose: Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you have the personality to be a success in starting from scratch: coming up with your business concept? putting together a plan? seeking out mentors and investors? Doing your own marketing and sales? tolerating the unknown–especially with your own income? The determination to bring it all together to build a success enterprise? This test will give you some insights on whether you could be a success at starting your own company and whether you would be happy with this type career path.

About the Test: This test has one section and, although untimed, takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

What the Report Gives You: A graphical display of scores on 12 dimensions that have been shown to be predictive of success as an entrepreneur. To help you understand what the scores mean for you, the report interprets those scores with a list of strengths and developmental concerns for how well you will function in an entrepreneurial role. Last, it gives you summary scores for both “Predicted Satisfaction” and “Predicted Success” as an entrepreneur. Our internet-based testing allows you to complete it when it is convenient to you. When you finish, a report can be downloaded.

Sample Personality Item:

For the statement 
on the left
I feel very strongly about it
I feel it describes me most of the time
I can’t decide between the two statements
I feel it describes me most of the time
I feel very strongly about it
For the statement 
on the right
I put forth a great deal of effort at work because my real passion is my career.
I come to work and do what is asked of me, but my real enjoyment in life is when I go home.

(Sample questions differ from actual test appearance and do not contain real test content.)

Select Validity Information: Research on the traits measured in the Entrepreneur Potential Assessment were conducted on several hundred entrepreneurs who agreed to share their personal experiences of being in an entrepreneur role as well as indices of business performance. It is clear that these personality dimensions have a huge impact on both personal satisfaction in this type work role and the degree to which they were successful in their business ventures. So, if you score in the top third on this test, you can be assured of having a high potential for success in starting your own business or buying a franchise. For example, take a look at the bottom row in the table -- people who score in the top third were, by and large, very happy in their new work roles, and they had nice sales and profits to show for it. That should give you added confidence to get started! But, if you score in the lower third, you have a much lower potential for success. The “Lowest third” line on the table below shows that not even half of these people were happy being an entrepreneur and almost none were satisfied with their income. These predictions should give you pause about quitting a comfortable job to launch out on your own. A score like this should cause you to think twice before taking out a big loan that might put your family’s lifestyle at risk if your business plan fails to pan out. Entrepreneur Potential Test chart


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