Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

John D. Mayer, Ph.D., Peter Salovey, Ph.D., & David R. Caruso, Ph.D.

Technical Information

There are two options for scoring the MSCEIT. One option indicates a respondent’s correctness on the test as judged by a general consensus criterion. The second option indicates a respondent’s correctness on the test as judged by an expert criterion. Both options are standardized, meaning that scores do not directly reflect the number of items answered “right”, but rather the score relative to others who have taken the test.

The normative data for the MSCEIT was compiled from three samples. The combined total of these samples creates a normative base of 5,000 respondents that is representative of the US general population in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, and level of education.

Collecting normative data is an important part of test development. Norms establish a baseline against which all subsequent results are compared, and they enable the test developer to capture the characteristics of an 'average' respondent. Norms indicate the average performance on a test and the frequency of deviation above and below the average. The larger and more representative the normative database, the more accurate and indicative the results. Back to the top


Personal Summary Report
This report option presents scores graphically and numerically, along with scale descriptions and a summary of responses.
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Resource Report
This report option is designed as a very thorough and easily understood feedback tool for use with respondents.
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Research Library

Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) research summary
The Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) research summary is broken down into 9 distinct categories. The categories include MSCEIT Technical Manual, Reviews/Conceptual Papers, Books & Book Chapters, Industrial/Organizational, Education, Health/Well Being, Clinical, Athletic Performance/Performing Arts, Forensics and Psychometrics. Some categories are broken down in subcategories, for example, the Industrial/Organizational section is divided into the following subsections: Leadership/Management and Job Performance.

Measuring Emotional Intelligence with the MSCEIT v2.0
Using the Mayer–Salovey–Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), the authors examined (a) whether members of a general standardization sample and emotions experts identified the same test answers as correct, (b) the test’s reliability, and (c) the possible factor structures of EI. Twenty-one emotions experts endorsed many of the same answers, as did 2,112 members of the standardization sample, and exhibited superior agreement, particularly when research provides clearer answers to test questions (e.g., emotional perception in faces). Back to the top


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About the Authors

John (Jack) D. Mayer, Ph.D.
Dr. Mayer’s study of psychology integrated his interests in both the sciences and the arts. After focusing on science and mathematics in high school, his concern about understanding people and societal problems led him to study the arts in college. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in general psychology, then worked for two years as a research associate in the intelligence laboratory of Dr. Douglas Detterman at Case Western Reserve. His education continued at Stanford University as a Postdoctoral Scholar, where he studied the interaction of emotion and thought with Dr. Gordon Bower. Dr. Mayer is presently a professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire.

His research has focused on broad issues such as how feelings influence thought, how intelligence influences life attainments, and, more generally, how a person’s traits are expressed in their lives. Regarding the mutual influences of feelings and thought, he developed, with his colleague Peter Salovey, the scientific theory of Emotional Intelligence, and a series of ability tests for its measure (culminating in the MSCEIT).

Peter Salovey, Ph.D.
After completing his undergraduate education at Stanford University, Peter Salovey received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University in 1986. He now serves as the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Chairman of the Department of Psychology. Professor Salovey is also the director of the Department of Psychology’s Health, Emotion, and Behavior (HEB) Laboratory, and Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA).

The program of research conducted in Professor Salovey’s laboratory concerns two general issues: (a) the psychological significance and function of human moods and emotions, and (b) the application of social psychological principles to motivating health protective behaviors. His recent work on emotion has focused on the ways in which feelings facilitate adaptive cognitive and behavioral functioning; with John D. Mayer, he has developed a broad framework called Emotional Intelligence that organizes this work. The goal of much of his recent health behavior research is to investigate the role of the framing and psychological ailoring of messages in developing maximally persuasive educational and public health communication interventions promoting prevention and early detection behaviors relevant to cancer and HIV/AIDS.

David R. Caruso, Ph.D.
David R. Caruso is a psychologist and founder of WorkLife Strategies, based in New Canaan, Connecticut, whose work on career related issues spans assessment, counseling, organizational development, and executive coaching. After graduating from Colby College with honors in Psychology, he received his master’s degree and his doctorate in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, with training in intelligence and intellectual development, as well as assessment and counseling. Upon graduation, he was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship and spent the next two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Developmental Psychology at Yale University. His research focused on competence, practical intelligence, and managerial success. He serves as Vice President of Assessment at Harris-McCully Associates, a human resources consulting company based in New York City. In addition, Dr. Caruso is a Research Affiliate in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.

Dr. Caruso’s interests center around how to apply models of Emotional Intelligence and personality in the workplace. He is particularly interested in developing training programs around the Mayer-Salovey model that addresses executives’ emotional skills. He is also interested in the development of Emotional Intelligence and its applications in education. Back to the top

Quick Facts

17 and older


Administration Time:
30–45 minutes

Qualification Level:


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