UNH Personality Lab


The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) User’s Manual (Mayer, Salovey & Caruso, 2002), published by MHS, provides a great deal of information about using the MSCEIT test. Since the publication of the MHS manual, additional issues have arisen within the test-user and research communities associated with the test. This brief technical document addresses two of those concerns.

This laboratory technical supplement covers two topics that arise regarding the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test: how to calculate a split half reliability for the test, and how to develop and score the test using local norms (i.e., national or regional norms, or norms for special populations). The use of the split-half reliability estimate is important with the MSCEIT because our research indicates that coefficient alpha reliabilities underestimate the reliability of the test. An in-depth discussion of this issue will appear in a forthcoming set of papers in the journal Emotion. The development of national and specialized norms are important to interpreting test scores outside of general populations in North America, i.e., for translated versions of the scale and for English-language versions of the scale administered outside of North America, England, Australia, and South Africa (areas that are part of the original standardization sample.

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