The Big Five Inventory–2 (BFI-2)
The BFI-2 is a measure of the Big Five personality domains (which we label Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Negative Emotionality, and Open-Mindedness) and 15 more-specific facet traits. A self-report form, scoring key, and list of items are available below. The BFI-2 items are copyright 2015 by Oliver P. John and Christopher J. Soto. Permission is granted for personal and research use of the BFI-2.
Note: If you’d like to take an online version of the BFI-2, you can do so at my personality test website.
BFI-2 Self-report form and scoring key BFI-2 List of items by domain and facet BFI-2 SPSS scoring syntax Qualtrics version of the BFI-2
Microsoft Excel macro for scoring the BFI-2 (developed by Per-Ola Rike and Kristian Køhn)
Descriptive statistics for the BFI-2 (from the representative US adult samples used in Soto, 2019)
Citation for the BFI-2
Soto, C. J., & John, O. P. (2017). The next Big Five Inventory (BFI-2): Developing and assessing a hierarchical model with 15 facets to enhance bandwidth, fidelity, and predictive power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 117-143.
Short and Extra-Short Forms of the BFI-2
The BFI-2-S is a 30-item short form, and the BFI-2-XS is a 15-item extra-short form, of the BFI-2. They are appropriate for research contexts in which, due to pressing concerns about assessment time or respondent fatigue, administering the full BFI-2 would not be feasible. For most studies, however, we recommend administering the full measure due to its greater reliability and validity.
BFI-2-S Self-report form and scoring key BFI-2-XS Self-report form and scoring key
BFI-2-S and BFI-2-XS SPSS scoring syntax
Qualtrics version of the BFI-2 short and extra-short forms
Citation for the BFI-2-S and BFI-2-XS
Soto, C. J., & John, O. P. (2017). Short and extra-short forms of the Big Five Inventory–2: The BFI-2-S and BFI-2-XS. Journal of Research in Personality, 68, 69-81.
Translations of the BFI-2
Besides English, the BFI-2 is also available in the languages listed below, and is currently being translated into additional languages. If you are interested in conducting a translation project, please contact Chris Soto.
BFI-2 Chinese self-report form and scoring key
BFI-2 Danish self-report form and scoring key BFI-2 Dutch self-report form and scoring key BFI-2 German self-report form (documentation)
BFI-2 Hebrew self-report form and scoring key
BFI-2 Indonesian self-report form and scoring key
BFI-2 Norwegian self-report form and scoring key
BFI-2 Polish self-report form and scoring key
BFI-2 Russian self-report form and scoring key
BFI-2 Slovak self-report form and scoring key (short and extra-short forms)
BFI-2 Spanish self-report form and scoring key (short form, extra-short form)
BFI-2 Turkish self-report form and scoring key
Preliminary translations of the BFI-2 into more than 30 additional languages are available from the International Situations Project.