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Multiple Intelligences

Maximize student potential by applying their unique intelligence

Intelligence comes in many forms and can always be developed further. Students who know their multiple intelligences and emotional intelligence strengths can leverage that knowledge to perform better in school and select a satisfying education and career path. Professionals can track student progress, view and manage student information, access detailed reporting and find support within Professional Tools.

Multiple Intelligences online assessment for Higher Education is written and normed for post secondary students and takes only 20 minutes to complete. Easily see the resulting composition of all, or a subset of, students with aggregate reporting and filters. Best of all, it’s affordable, easy to use, requires no special credentials and includes excellent customer support!


Discover and develop students’ emotional intelligence and nine multiple intelligences with advice from the in-depth, personalized report


Find the right career fit with intelligences and proprietary Career Matching Technology™


Easy to read, interactive report includes badges earned as students read and interact with the report


Receive detailed guidance on how to help students better understand themselves and create actionable plans


Complete Career Center for exploration and planning


Access online at any time, from anywhere, using any device

In schools and workplaces around the world, each of us has been encouraged to identify, analyse, and correct our weaknesses in order to become strong. This advice is well intended, but misguided. To excel in our chosen field and to find lasting satisfaction, you need to become an expert at finding, applying and refining your strengths - your unique patterns.


Sophisticated, yet simple

  • Analysis of emotional intelligence and nine different intelligences: bodily-kinesthetic, existential, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, logicalmathematical, musical, naturalist, spatial
  • Developing Intelligences section with advice for school and recommended ways to develop intelligences on their own and together
  • Earn badges and pins by reading sections, selecting items that are most applicable and trying recommendations
  • Interactive, easy-to-read reports contain specific, actionable tips
  • Available online, any time, from anywhere, on any device – no app download or installation necessary

Easily manageable

  • Dashboard shows the number of students in progress and completed for the program
  • Badges and pins track read sections and report student activity
  • View aggregate reports for all, or a group of, students
  • Set up groups for easy communication and reporting
  • Email groups or individuals with one click or tap
  • Supporting resources deepen understanding, use of student results and background theory
  • Quick search by first name, last name, email, program, and program completion status

Personalized accounts

  • Secure delivery through individual accounts and portfolios
  • To Do List helps students stay on track and focused
  • Join groups for easy results sharing, communication and reporting
  • Students receive messages from professionals in their account
  • Add important files to share to the portfolio
  • Make it yours with an account photo

Friendly for everyone

  • Assessment asks 54 questions about current abilities and preferences
  • Questions use an illustrated 7-point Likert-type scale
  • 20 minutes to complete questions
  • Culturally relevant and multilingual – easily switch between languages
  • Option to stop and resume at a later time and retake assessments

Career exploration and planning

  • Careers and Pathways section shows career matches based on strongest intelligences and selected strengths and challenges
  • Filter careers using career areas and results from multiple intelligences and/or personality
  • 900+ updated career profiles with:
    • Career title
    • Career cluster and pathway
    • Job description
    • Holland Codes
    • Related occupations and higher education majors
    • Skills
    • Abilities
    • Knowledge areas
    • Typical tasks
    • Most common work activities
    • Careers with Bright Outlook
  • Search by keyword or career area
  • Save careers to portfolio
  • Rate saved careers
  • Add notes to careers

Frequently Asked Questions

What are multiple intelligences?

In 1983 Dr. Howard Gardner proposed the theory of multiple intelligences that states there is more than one type of intelligence. The list of intelligences is based upon specific criteria and continues to evolve over time...

Intelligence is the capacity to process information and produce ideas and products that are useful to the current culture. The theory of multiple intelligences is a complete way of viewing intelligence. Information, ideas and products come in many forms, and so a measure of multiple intelligences can help find more areas for students to be successful in school and their personal life.

Multiple Intelligences identifies nine distinct intelligences

  1. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence involves the ability to move and manipulate your body and objects within your environment in a fine-tuned, coordinated manner. It includes the ability to control both gross and fine motor muscles and coordinating the mind and body to control muscle groups so as to perform and remember body movements.
  2. Existential Intelligence involves the ability to view the big picture of how the world works and to ask questions that go beyond our normal sensory experiences. People with a high level of this intelligence tend to seek answers to difficult questions and seem more aware of their place in the world, and how everything fits together.
  3. Interpersonal Intelligence includes understanding and working with people, establishing and maintaining person-to-person relationships, seeing the world from another’s perspective, communicating well verbally and nonverbally, cooperating in a group, having influence, and responding to the mood, temperament and intentions of others.
  4. Intrapersonal Intelligence includes the ability to understand oneself. This intelligence enables you to objectively reflect upon your own thinking and behavior, learn from that reflection, seek future self-improvement, and establish inner self-confidence.
  5. Linguistic Intelligence includes the ability to understand and use language effectively in reading, writing, speaking, and other symbolic forms, such as sign language and Braille. It also affects vocabulary and the ability to recognize and use humor, create verbal images, understand language patterns, and recognize relationships between words.
  6. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence includes a good ability to reason inductively (make conclusions based on observations) and deductively (make conclusions based on hypotheses). This intelligence also involves finding relationships between abstract ideas, recognizing logical sequences and patterns, recognizing problems and solving them.
  7. Musical Intelligence is the ability to play an instrument or sing, and encompasses a number of other capacities such as: recognizing and distinguishing tones, tonal patterns, rhythm and beat, discerning and differentiating sounds, enjoying and analyzing music, understanding musical structures, and creating melodies and rhythms.
  8. Naturalist Intelligence involves being able to recognize, appreciate and classify various features in the environment:. It also allows one to see the connections between different parts of the environment, to easily recognize when environmental changes occur, and to understand what impacts those changes might have.
  9. Spatial Intelligence includes the ability to perceive objects accurately, transform and recreate images, and recognize how shapes and objects relate to each other. Spatial intelligence can be employed through touch and even hearing.

How long does it take to complete Multiple Intelligences?

It will take the average person 20 minutes to complete the 54 questions in Multiple Intelligences.

How were careers matched to the intelligences?

The intelligences in Multiple Intelligences are mapped to a database of over 400 O*NET-based career profiles. The correlations were devised by a team of consultants with expertise in psychometrics, multiple intelligences and vocational research. They used the typical tasks associated with each specific occupation to connect it to the intelligences.

What does Multiple Intelligences include?

Multiple Intelligences includes accounts with portfolios for all registered users, a complete student emotional intelligence (EI) and multiple intelligences (MI) assessment and report, a career center with over 900 careers, and professional tools for educators, counselors and administrators...

The personalized report consists of four main sections, which include:

  • A description of each intelligence and its related strengths and challenges
  • A selection of famous people who exemplify each intelligence
  • A slider bar that illustrates the individual’s orientation towards each intelligence
  • A list of the top 10 careers for each intelligence
  • Advice for using and improving each intelligence in school
  • Recommendations for developing strengths and using them to improve challenge areas
  • Information on emotional intelligence (EI), including a self-rating and recommendations for developing the 14 traits of EI
  • Career matches based on the individual’s strongest intelligences, including career clusters and pathways
  • Badges to track progress and reward individuals for working through each section

What criteria is used to define an intelligence?

Dr. Howard Gardner defined the criteria for an intelligence as...

  • The potential for brain isolation by brain damage
  • Its place in evolutionary history
  • The presence of core operations
  • Susceptibility to encoding (symbolic expression)
  • A distinct developmental progression
  • The existence of savants, prodigies and other exceptional people
  • Support from experimental psychology and psychometric findings

Is there any research on schools using multiple intelligences?

Project SUMIT (Schools Using Multiple Intelligences Theory) studied 42 schools that had been using MI theory for at least three years. The researchers found that...

  • 78% of the schools reported positive standardized test outcomes (5/8 attributed the improvement to practices inspired by MI theory)
  • 78% of the schools reported improved performances by students with learning difficulties
  • 80% of the schools reported improvement in parent participation (3/4 attributed the increase to MI theory)
  • 81% of the schools reported improvement in student discipline (2/3 attributed the improvement to MI theory)

According to Howard Garner, “Even if these figures show a positive spin, they are based on hard data; and it is not possible for an impartial party to dismiss these results.”

What should I know about using multiple intelligences theory?

  • 78% of the schools reported positive standardized test outcomes (5/8 attributed the improvement to practices inspired by MI theory)
  • 78% of the schools reported improved performances by students with learning difficulties
  • 80% of the schools reported improvement in parent participation (3/4 attributed the increase to MI theory)
  • 81% of the schools reported improvement in student discipline (2/3 attributed the improvement to MI theory)

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