Harrison G. Gough, A.B. Heilbrun
Polish adaptation:
Team of the Psychological Tests Laboratory of the Polish Psychological Association
Author of the manual:
Katarzyna Martowska
High schoolers, adults
Individual or group administration; no time limit, approx. 12 minutes
Test users:
Psychologists (MA in psychology required)
C – for psychologists only

Description: ACL is a tool destined to assess several personality aspects. In the standard version the examinee has to choose from 300 adjectives the most personally fitting. It may be also administered as an observational scale, when persons knowing the examinee have to select appropriate adjectives. One could also describe social groups, historical characters, and other objects (e. g. cities). The Adjective Check List enables to compute results expressed in 37 scales, e.g. need scales, topical scales, Transactional Analysis scales, origence – intellectence scales, and control scales.

Reliability: Both internal consistency and stability are high in most scales.

Validity: Correlations of the ACL scales with other personality measures (EPQ-R, IVE, STAI, MMPI-2, KPD), as well as comparison of results yielded by persons from various clinical and professional groups, and in combination with demographic factors, enabled to confirm the diagnostic validity of most scales.

Norms: Standard ten, for women and men separately (15-69 yrs).

Applications: ACL is used in the individual personality diagnosis, among others for clinical purposes, and in research, e. g. to examine cultural archetypes or stereotypes, in the environmental psychology, and many other fields.



  • ACL- sheets - set (25 copies)    
  • ACL- Polish normalization     
  • ACL- Original manual    
  • ACL - Kit
Please note: All of our tests are published in Polish. There are not available other language versions of our tools.

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