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NEO Personality Inventory-3

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

Provides a detailed 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
30–40 minutes; 15 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

Comprehensive Adolescent and Adult Personality Test


The NEO Inventories provide a comprehensive and detailed assessment of adult and adolescent personality that is well-established and respected.

NEO-PI-3 Highlights

The NEO reports on PARiConnect have been updated to include optional personality disorder profile overlays on the NEO-PI-3 Interpretive Report. Revisions also were made to the NEO-PI-3 Interpretive Report text to update it to DSM-5 terminology.

Reusable Form S and Hand Scorable Answer Sheet are now available in Spanish. View our Creation and Use of the NEO-PI-3 and NEO-FFI-3 Spanish Translations white paper.

PAR carries older versions of the NEO forms. Please contact our Customer Support Center or call 1.800.331.8378 to order.


Features and benefits

  • Suitable for adolescents and adults ages 12 years and older and adults with lower education levels.
  • Can be administered orally to individuals with limited literacy or with visual problems.
  • Demonstrated utility in clinical, applied, and research settings.
  • Useful in vocational counseling, pre-employment screening, and educational psychology.
  • Introduces the NEO Five-Factor Inventory-3 (NEO-FFI-3), a revision of the NEO-FFI.
  • Features include the NEO Problems in Living Checklist (NEO-PLC), the NEO Style Graph Booklet, and the NEO Job Profiler.
  • Includes case studies.
  • The two-part carbonless hand-scorable answer sheet, usable with either Form S (for self-reports) or Form R (for observer reports), eliminates the need for separate scoring keys or templates.
  • Administer and score via PARiConnect.


NEO Professional Development Report (PDR) Module

  • The PDR Module is available on PARiConnect where you can easily generate career-focused reports—the Management Planning Report and the Individual Planning Report.
  • Addresses the personal characteristics that have the highest potential for yielding job-relevant information.
  • Provides observations about the individual’s strengths and limitations in four critical areas: problem-solving skills; planning, organizing, and implementation skills; style of relating to others; and personal style.


NEO Personality Inventory-3: Four-Factor Version (NEO-PI-3:4FV)

The NEO-PI-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-PI-3. The NEO-PI-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.