Chore Personality Quiz

Do you like to tidy up, or are you kind of a slob? Take this quiz, by Dr. Sam Gosling, author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You, to determine your personality when it comes to doing household chores:

The Conscientiousness Facet Scale Please use the rating scale below to describe how accurately each statement describes you. Describe yourself as you generally are now, not as you wish to be in the future. Describe yourself as you honestly see yourself, in relation to other people you know of the same sex as you are, and roughly your same age.

Response Options
1: Very Inaccurate
2: Moderately Inaccurate
3: Neither Inaccurate nor Accurate
4: Moderately Accurate
5: Very Accurate

Questionnaire Statements
1. Complete tasks successfully.
2. Often forget to put things back in their proper place.
3. Pay my bills on time.
4. Do just enough work to get by.
5. Get chores done right away.
6. Jump into things without thinking.
7. Know how to get things done.
8. Like to tidy up.
9. Break rules.
10. Set high standards for myself and others.
11. Find it difficult to get down to work.
12. Choose my words with care.

Scoring Key
Self-Efficacy score = (Score on question 1) + (Score on question 7)
Orderliness score = (6 - Score on question 2) + (Score on question 8)
Dutifulness score = (Score on question 3) + (6 - Score on question 9) 
Achievement-Striving score = (6 - Score on question 4) + (Score on question 10)
Self-Discipline score = (Score on question 5) + (6 - Score on question 11)
Cautiousness score = (6 - Score on question 6) + (Score on question 12)

Range For each scale, range of possible scores is 2-10.
Scores of: Are:
2-3 Very Low
4-5 Low
5-6 Medium
7-8 High
9-10   Very High

Scale Descriptions:
Subscale descriptions developed by John A. Johnson:

Self-Efficacy describes confidence in one's ability to accomplish things. High scorers believe they have the intelligence (common sense), drive, and self-control necessary for achieving success. Low scorers do not feel effective, and may have a sense that they are not in control of their lives.

Persons with high scores on orderliness are well-organized. They like to live according to routines and schedules. They keep lists and make plans. Low scorers tend to be disorganized and scattered.

This scale reflects the strength of a person's sense of duty and obligation. Those who score high on this scale have a strong sense of moral obligation. Low scorers find contracts, rules and regulations overly confining. They are likely to be seen as unreliable or even irresponsible.

Individuals who score high on this scale strive hard to achieve excellence. Their drive to be recognized as successful keeps them on track toward their lofty goals. They often have a strong sense of direction in life, but extremely high scores may be too single-minded and obsessed with their work. Low scorers are content to get by with a minimal amount of work, and might be seen by others as lazy.

Self-discipline — what many people call willpower — refers to the ability to persist at difficult or unpleasant tasks until they are completed. People who possess high self-discipline are able to overcome reluctance to begin tasks and stay on track despite distractions. Those with low self-discipline procrastinate and show poor follow-through, often failing to complete tasks — even tasks they want very much to complete.


Cautiousness describes the disposition to think through possibilities before acting. High scorers on the Cautiousness scale take their time when making decisions. Low scorers often say or do first thing that comes to mind without deliberating alternatives and the probable consequences of those alternatives.

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