"MBTI Step II is the result of many years of research and observation
that began with Isabel Myers' development of the MBTI personality
inventory in the 1940s (see Myers and McCaulley, 1985; Myers et
al., 1988). The basic versions of the Indicator (Form M and the
earlier Form G) yield type descriptions distinguishing the sixteen
types from one another but offer relatively few clues as to how
people of the same type may differ. In adding items that were
not scored for four-letter type, Myers' intent was to enable exploration
and identification of individuality within each of the sixteen
types. She was in the process of developing this aspect of her
work more fully at the time of her death in 1980."
Excerpted from MBTI®
Step II Manual:
Exploring the Next Level of Type Within the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator® Form Q
The MBTI® Step II™ personality inventory provides respondents with
a four-page Step II Profile and/or an eighteen-page Step II Interpretive
Report. The details of Step II results show respondents their
preferences further detailed into five components, called facets,
for each dichotomy. The results come from responses on Form Q
of the MBTI instrument, a longer version of the questionnaire
used for Step I. The Step II report breaks down each preference
into facets, which allow deeper analysis of type. "For example,"
according to the MBTI®
Step II Manual, "Extraversion-Introversion encompasses such
facets as sociability, activity level, and expressiveness. A different
measurement approach to Extraversion–Introversion might focus
on a single facet, for example, sociability. In such an approach,
the items making up that measure would ask only about the respondent's
attitudes or behaviors regarding sociability."
Step II results help define the differences with the 16 types
and also provide assistance to people who are having trouble identifying
their best-fit type. For example, a
person who prefers Perceiving might be confused because she does
not take a Perceiving approach to due dates for tasks. She is
more comfortable finishing work well ahead of time, which is more
typical of people who prefer Judging. Her Step II results would
indicate a preference for Judging on that facet, explaining
why she may have had doubts about her preference for Perceiving.
Her overall preference would remain Perceiving, even though some
of the five facets under Perceiving may indicate her preference
for decisiveness and closure.
When the Step II™ instrument is given alone, it provides results for both a person's
four-letter type but includes the more detailed information on
the facets. It can also be administered to people who already
know their four-letter type. In either case, the MBTI practitioner
has the choice of providing respondents with a four-page profile
or an eighteen-page report.
Form Q is the questionnaire used to determine Step II results,
and it can only be scored by computer through the publisher of
the instrument, CPP,
Inc. Step II scoring is also available through qualified users
of the SkillsOne®
The same qualifications that apply to the administration of the
MBTI instrument apply to administration of the MBTI Step II instrument.
For more information about becoming certified, please go to How
to Become an MBTI Certified Practitioner.