BTI™ – Basic Traits Inventory

The Basic Traits Inventory (BTI) is an easy to use, easy to understand personality inventory that has been developed in South Africa in order to assess the Big Five factors of personality.

Assessment Scales

The BTI includes the following scales:

Openness to Experience:

Aesthetics, Ideas, Actions, Values and Imagination.


Effort, Order, Prudence, Self-Discipline and Dutifulness.


Ascendance, Gregariousness, Excitement-Seeking, Liveliness
and Positive Affectivity.


Straightforwardness, Compliance, Tender-mindedness, Prosocial Tendencies and Modesty.


Depression, Anxiety, Affective Instability and Self-Consciousness

Areas Of Application

The BTI can be used for the following purposes:

  • Career counselling
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Individual development and counselling
  • Research

The Basic Traits Inventory can be administered to individuals 16 years and older. The online assessment takes between 30 to 40 minutes.

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