Heinz Schuler, George C. Thornton, Andreas Frintrup, Michael Prochaska
Polish adaptation and manual:
Waldemar Klinkosz, Andrzej E. Sękowski
Adolescents, adults
Individual and group administration, no time limit, approx. 30-40 min.
Test users:
Psychologists (psychology diploma required), career counselors and HR specialists after training.

Description: The inventory measures achievement motivation considering its various components such as preference for difficult tasks, confidence in success, goal setting, competitiveness, persistence and others, thus enabling a profile diagnosis. It contains 170 items in total, constituting 17 scales. Scores can be also expressed in three factor scales: Self-Confidence, Ambition, and Self-Control.

Reliability: High internal consistency of the general score, satisfactory consistency indices in most of the scales. Test-retest reliability also examined.

Validity: Assessed using correlations with Achieving Tendency Test (MACH) scores and other psychological variables such as e. g. personality traits measured with the NEO-FFI, stress-coping styles, hope for success, also by comparing scores in several job groups, and of students from various departments.

Norms: The inventory has separate norms for men and women, developed for four groups:  high school students aged 15-19, students and professionally active adults aged 18-35, and 36-70. The normalization samples included over 5 thousand people.

Application: The tool can be applied in job counseling and selection, during decisions involving eployee allocation, development prognosis, career advancement as well as in research.


  • Kit (manual, 25 test sheets, scoring key)
  • Manual
  • Test sheets (25 copies)
  • Test profile (25 copies)
  • Scoring key
Please note: All of our tests are published in Polish. There are not available other language versions of our tools.

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