Basic Traits Inventory (BTI)

Basic Traits Inventory (BTI)

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Authors: Nicola Taylor, (PhD) and Gideon P. De Bruin, DLitt et Phil

Purpose To measure the Big Five Factors of personality
Administer To Individuals 16 years and older
Reading/Education Level Grade 10 (NQF Level 2)
Administration Time 30 – 40 minutes (193 items)
Scoring Options JvR Online/Data Capturing by Client Services
Publication Date 2006
HPCSA Submitted
Training None
Language/s: English and Afrikaans
SA Norms: Yes, updated for adolescents in 2018

The Basic Traits Inventory (BTI) is an easy to use, easy to understand personality inventory that has been developed in South Africa in order to assess the Big Five factors of personality.

Assessment Scales

The BTI includes the following scales:

Openness to Experience:

Aesthetics, Ideas, Actions, Values and Imagination.


Effort, Order, Prudence, Self-Discipline and Dutifulness.


Ascendance, Gregariousness, Excitement-Seeking, Liveliness
and Positive Affectivity.


Straightforwardness, Compliance, Tender-mindedness, Prosocial Tendencies and Modesty.


Depression, Anxiety, Affective Instability and Self-Consciousness

Areas Of Application

The BTI can be used for the following purposes:

  • Career counselling
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Individual development and counselling
  • Research

Webinar: The Value of the Basic Traits Inventory (BTI) in South Africa

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Additional information

JvR Online


Psychology Category

Online Availability


HPCSA Status


Application Area

Culture & Fit, Development, Succession Planning, Talent Attraction


Prof de Bruin Dr N Taylor

The BTI has the following two software reports available:

  • BTI Individual Profile Report: This report provides T-Scores and Stanines on factors and facets, as well as descriptions of all scales.
  • BTI Competency Report: This report provides competency scores derived from the BTI scales.
  • BTI Package: This includes the Individual Profile Report and Competency Report

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Terms & Conditions

Please Note:

  • Additional fees will be applicable when requesting Client Services to assist with administration (only applicable where user portals are available and a client chooses not to make use of this facility)
  • Material / Reports only available to suitably qualified users
  • Prices as quoted may change without prior notice
  • Errors and omissions excepted
  • Courier costs are not included in the above quoted prices
    JvR may have to order some of the above items. In such instances delivery times will be extended

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South African Research

The BTI is a South African-developed product. Professionals can choose between using General Norms, Police Norms or Student Norms. It has been well-researched in the South African context and has been demonstrated to work effectively across cultures and language groups. Research on the relationship between the BTI scales and emotional intelligence competencies, perceived career barriers, team culture, individualism and collectivism, willingness to attend HIV counselling, anger expression and driver safety in the South African context is available.

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