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NEO Five-Factor Inventory-3

Paul T. Costa, Jr., PhD, and Robert R. McCrae, PhD

Provides a quick assessment of general personality using the five-factor model
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
12 years to 99 years
10–15 minutes; 5 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

Also available! The NEO-FFI-3 Form S Adult Item Booklet is also available in Spanish. View or download our Creation and Use of the NEO-PI-3 and NEO-FFI-3 Spanish Translations white paper here or via the Resources tab above. 

Still available! PAR still carries older versions of the NEO forms. Please contact our Customer Support Center or call 1.800.331.8378 for more information or to order.


The NEO-FFI-3 is a 60-item version of the NEO-PI-3 that provides a quick, reliable, and accurate measure of the five domains of personality (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness). All updates made in the NEO-PI-3 are reflected in this instrument.

Features and benefits

  • Fifteen of the 60 NEO-FFI items have been replaced to improve readability and psychometric properties.
  • Self-report (Form S) and observer rating (Form R) forms are available.
  • Separate adolescent (12–20 years) and adult (21 years and older) norms are available.
  • The NEO Style Graph Booklet and Your NEO Summary feedback sheets provide an innovative way to give feedback to respondents based on their NEO profiles.

NEO Software System

The NEO Software System is a modular system that allows you to generate unlimited interpretive reports when you input responses from a completed print administration or administer the NEO PI-R, NEO-PI-3, or NEO-FFI-3 on-screen. Alternatively, you can administer and score using PARiConnect.

NEO Five-Factor Inventory-3: Four-Factor Version (NEO-FFI-3:4FV)

The NEO-FFI-3:4FV provides information on four personality domains: Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. It is designed for use in employment and personal counseling settings involving activities such as career counseling, career development, and employee training, where these four domains are the main focus. Items, norms, and scoring are taken from the E, O, A, and C factors of the NEO-FFI-3. The NEO-FFI-3:4FV is available for administration and scoring only on PARiConnect. A self-report form (Form S) and a form for rating others (Form R) are available.