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Basic Traits Inventory (BTI)

A South African-developed personality inventory that measures differences in personality traits

The Basic Traits Inventory was developed based on the five-factor model of personality, which measures personality in terms of five broad domains, commonly known as: Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. The BTI can also provide competency scores for specific jobs or roles based on the personality scales. It is easy to use, easy to understand developed with the South African context in mind and has been demonstrated to work effectively across cultures and language groups.


The BTI includes the following scales:

  • Openness to Experience: Aesthetics, Ideas, Actions, Values, and Imagination

  • Conscientiousness: Effort, Order, Prudence, Self-Discipline, and Dutifulness

  • Extraversion: Ascendance, Gregariousness, Excitement-Seeking, Liveliness, and Positive Affectivity

  • Agreeableness: Straightforwardness, Compliance, Tendermindedness, Prosocial Tendencies, and Modesty

  • Neuroticism: Depression, Anxiety, Affective Instability, and Self-Consciousness 


The BTI can be used for the following purposes:

  • Career counselling

  • Recruitment and selection

  • Individual development and counselling

  • Research


The following software reports are available:

  • BTI Individual Profile Report: This report provides T-Scores and Stanines on factors and facets, as well as descriptions of all scales.

  • BTI Competency Report: This report provides competency scores derived from the BTI scales.

  • BTI Package: This includes the Individual Profile Report and Competency Report.

Product Info



Age range

Individuals 14 years and older

Administration time

30-40 minutes


SA Norms


English and Afrikaans

Administration Platform

JVR Online/Data Capturing by Client Services

Integrated reports



Nicola Taylor, (PhD) and Gideon P. De Bruin, DLitt et Phil


JVR Psychometrics. All rights reserved.

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