Riddle’s personality quiz features two scoring calculation modes – giving you more control over which results and attributes are shown to each quiz taker.

Riddle's quiz maker - two personality scoring calculation modes
Scoring calculation options for Riddle’s personality quiz

Riddle’s personality test module lets you easily create flexible assessments, product recommendations, and other interactive content.

Forget questions with right/wrong answers.

Our personality quiz can be either ‘projective tests’ or ‘self-report inventories’ – our scoring is based on a subtle analysis of all of the quiz taker’s responses:

  • Overall results (e.g. ‘You’re a collaborative manager!’)
  • Attributes (e.g. Responsibility = 65%, Decisiveness = 48%)

Watch this video overview to see how to use Riddle’s personality test builder.

How to create a personality quiz with Riddle

Assigning points (weighting) for your personality quiz

For every answer to a question, you assign a weight or score to the possible results and attributes – from 0-20.

Personality quiz = weighted scoring for responses (from 1-20)

The more points an answer gives to a result or attribute – the higher the weight, and the greater the chance the user will get that outcome:

  • 0: No association
  • 1-7: Weak association
  • 8-14: Medium association
  • 15-20: Strong association

Our system adds up all the points for all of the responses – then gives the user a result as well as a set of attributes.

Which mode for score calculations should you use?

Riddle gives your two ways to calculate personality test results and attributes:

  1. Total points achieved across all personalities
  2. Max points possible for each personality

Each scoring calculation method has its own advantages.

Read on – we’ll share how each works, and you can choose the best for your personality quiz use case.

Video: Using score calculations for your personality quiz results

Watch this video from our cofounder Mike – he walks through the differences between the two personality test scoring calculations:

  1. Total possible points achieved across all personalities (our default option)
  2. Max points possible for each personality

Using ‘total points possible / all personalities’

You can take our short three question sample quiz – consisting of the same question with the same score.

It uses the ‘total points possible achieved all personalities’ scoring calculation:

Supposed you chose answer A (‘Utilizing group brainstorming activities’) for all three questions.

Your scores across the three result types would be:

Scoring of our sample personality quiz question

This quiz uses the ‘Total points / all results’ option – so you would have received:

  • Collaborative as the ‘winning result’ with 20 points.
  • Authoritarian as the second personality with 10.
  • Mentoring as the third personality with zero.
Total points possible across all results – scoring calculation

Riddle gives a wide range of ways to display results.

The most popular format is to use percentages, such as ‘Title + %’.

If your personality quiz uses percentages, the results would be shown as:

  • Collaborative: 20 out of 30 points -> 67%
  • Authoritarian: 10 our of 30 points -> 33%
  • Mentoring: 0 out of 30 points -> 0%
Riddle personality scoring calculation - total points across all results
‘Total points achieved across all results’ scoring calculation

Using ‘max points possible for each result’

You can use this variant of the same personality quiz to see the ‘maximum points possible for each result’ scoring calculation in action:

In this example, we answered ‘Utilize brainstorming activities’ for questions #1 and #2 and ‘Changing strategy based on progress’ for #3.

We changed the scoring slightly – to better illustrate how the ‘max points possible per result’ method works:

Riddle personality quiz - results scoring modal
  • Collaborative: 35 (14 + 14 + 7) out of 42 possible points (14 + 14 + 14) -> 83%
  • Authoritarian: 23 (6 + 6 + 11) out of 33 possible points (11 + 11 + 11) -> 70%
  • Mentoring: 13 (2 + 2 + 9) out of 27 possible points (9 + 9 + 9) -> 48%

Check out the max points possible calculation below:

Max points possible for each result – scoring calculation

 Note: Each result or attribute is calculated independently.

  • The results percentages will not add up to 100% – as in our ‘Total points across all results’ scoring calculation.
  • It’s also possible for to quiz takers to get results with fewer points.
Riddle ersonality scoring calculation - maximum points possible per result
‘Maximum possible points for that result’ scoring calculation

Imagine someone scored:

  • 20 points (out of 27 possible) for Mentoring
  • 28 (out of 42) for Collaborative
  • 21 (our of 33) for Authoritative

In this case, the winning result would have a higher percentage (74%) – but lower points (20) – than results #2 and #3:

  • Mentoring would shown as the winning result => 20/27 = 74%
  • Collaborative would be 2nd => 28/42 = 67%
  • Authoritative would be last => 21/33 = 63%

Any questions about personality quiz scoring calculations?

Well done for getting to the end of this post!

It’s a bit geeky, with a fair amount of number-crunching – but we wanted to be transparent about our scoring calculations for Riddle’s personality test.

Please ask away – on support chat or by email (hello@riddle.com) if you have any questions about which scoring mode would work best for your use case.

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You’ll get quick help from our CEO Boris, as well as our entire Riddle team.

With over 40 years of combined quiz maker experience, you can get deep insights into your personality quiz requirements.

Video transcript: personality quiz scoring calculations

We like to add transcripts for our help videos. We’re big on making Riddle fully accessible as a quick maker.

It makes things easier for the members of our quiz maker community who use accessibility devices or software like text to speech.


Hi there, my name’s Mike and I’m one of the co-founders here at Riddle. And in this video I’m going to give you an in-depth look at our two scoring calculations for our new personality test module in Riddle 2.0.

It’s a little complicated – that’s why we wanted to make a special dedicated video and dedicated blog post that goes into great detail.

Our community of online quiz creators are very clever and they really push our platform into new and innovative ways. We wanted to make sure you had a good grounding in how these calculations are used and and can use them going forward.

So in our personality test, imagine we have are three results: ‘Collaborative’, authoritarian, and ‘Mentoring’. And then just to keep things simple, I’ll use the same single choice question three times, same scoring, just straight across the board.

In this case, you see here that I’m assigning 10 points to ‘Collaborative’, five to authoritarian and zero for ‘Mentoring’ for this first question, first answer. Then, for the second, it’s zero, ten five. 1:07 And then for the third, it’s five, zero, and 10.

So they all have a 15, 15, 15 breakdown.

Remember this.

We’ll be using these two top choices when we look through these examples.

So it’s 10 for ‘Collaborative’ and five for authoritarian and zero for ‘Mentoring’. Now, when you get to the settings, our default scoring calculation is what we call total points achieved across all the personalities.

I’ll demonstrate by going through our management quiz.

You can see here that I’m just going to click on the same question or the same answer option – ‘Utilizing a group brainstorming activities’.

That will assign 10 points to ‘Collaborative’ and five points to authoritarian.

And now I’ll click that choice again across all three questions, so that’s 30 points for ‘Collaborative’ and 15 points for authoritarian, and zero points for ‘Mentoring’.

Now using this ‘total points achieved across all personalities’ scoring calculation, that makes sense.

We have 67%, meaning your winning result is 67%. And that makes sense because we had 30 points for ‘Collaborative’, and we had 15 points for authoritarian.

You’ll see here it’s 33%. So that makes sense – 67 to 33%.

Now, let’s go back and just take this one again and using the same scoring calculation, I’m going to get a little more complicated. I’ll pick one for that and then I’ll pick one for that.

But now I’m going to pick answer number three.

And that’s going to change the scoring breakdown. And so it makes sense.

Again, I still got mostly ‘‘Collaborative’’ at 56%, but then I got 22% for ‘Authoritarian’ and 22% for ‘‘Mentoring’’.

So that makes sense. Basically it’s the total points that user got across all three. That’s the denominator if you want to go back into high school maths.

And then the actual points they got is the numerator. So that’s the default scoring calculation and that works well for most people.

The scores will also add up to a hundred percent – 56 + 22 + 22 = 100%.

Now let’s look at the other option.

So similar quiz with three questions.

I changed the points a bit to make this a little more interesting. You’ll see here I’m doing non round numbers. It gets really complicated, but basically it’s 14 points for ‘Collaborative’, six for authoritarian, seven from ‘Mentoring’ and so on.

You can see how we actually crunch the numbers a little bit here if you want to geek out a little bit. I’m going to run through and answer and pick the answer A for questions one, two, and then pick answer B for question three.

We’re going to get a different breakdown.

Now, I’m going to go into settings, and we are going to choose the ‘max possible points for each personality’ scoring calculation.

This is a really interesting but also potentially complicated scoring option. So let’s run through it and I’ll show you some of the pitfalls and perils of using this one.

Very flexible, but it could be a little tricky.

Okay, so as I discussed, I’m using answer A for questions 1 and 2, and answer B for question 2.

Now look what happens here. The scores are 83% ‘‘Collaborative’’, 79% ‘‘Mentoring’’, and 70% ‘Authoritarian’.

Things to notice:

The three scores add up to well in excess of 100%. Instead of ‘What portion of the total pot of points did they get for this result choice?’, I’m finding out ‘Hey, for each result, how many possible points did they score? And, which one got the greatest percentage?’

So in this case, ‘Collaborative’ got 83% and then 79% for ‘Mentoring’ – and ‘Collaborative’ is the winning result.

Things to note though, let’s look at these numbers.

Let’s say there were only 20 possible points for ‘Collaborative’, and let’s say there were 50 points possible for ‘Authoritarian’, imagine at the end, imagine ‘Collaborative’ had 18 points and ‘Authoritarian’ had 30 points.

18 out of 20 is 90%, 30 out of 50 is 60%.

So using this scoring mode, ‘Collaborative’ would get 90%. And then ‘Authoritarian’ would be 60%.

The weird thing is that if you decide to show points, not percentages.

If you have fewer points here, this would say 18, and this would say 30. And so it could look a little weird to your users.

So just be careful on how you set up the how you use this feature, and also are you using points or using percentages.

But we think it’s really powerful because you can say, ‘For this user, out of the all the possible ‘Collaborative’ assessment points, they got 83% of them.’

That’s a different way to measure than using the total possible points.

Okay, hopefully that’s, that’s a bit clearer than mud. Hopefully that makes a bit more sense.

Any questions though? You’re reading this as part of our scoring calculations blog post, so hopefully you find this useful.

But you can always just give us a shout on support. And my my co-founder, Boris in particular is a massive spreadsheet geek, and he’d be happy to talk you through this.

All right? That, that’s our personality test and our new scoring calculations. And any questions of course, please use our support chat.

All right, Happy Riddling – we’re really looking forward to seeing how you put these two scoring methods to work.