In order to ensure more diversity, universities plan to introduce personality tests as an aid to student selection - The Times , March 3.
This questionnaire will be used to assess your suitability for an undergraduate degree at Poppleton University.
Please place a number after each statement using the following code: 1. Strongly agree 2. Agree 3. Neither agree nor disagree 4.
Disagree 5. Strongly disagree a. I sometimes feel all alone in the world.
b. I like to follow instructions and do what is expected of me.
c. Most of the time I can't understand why my superiors behave the way they do.
d. I think that people can spend too much time reading library books.
e. In the long run the bad things that happen to me are balanced by the good ones.
f. I like spending my time silently in very large groups.
g. I am the sort of person who can get on with things without being told what to do.
h. I like to wait an awfully long time before learning what people think about me.
i. I enjoy making the best of a bad job.
j. I don't like to make demands on busy people.
k. I believe it is not a good idea to think too much.
l. I find that I can sleep easily even when troubled by serious debts.
Your scoring guide
15-30 - your application has been successful. Congratulations!
30-45 - your personality is borderline. How about a foundation course?
45-60 - your personality is unsuited to higher education. Get yourself a decent job and stop whingeing.
(With thanks to The Book of Tests by Michael Nathenson, Fontana Paperbacks.)