Can you take the Enneagram test for free? (A complete guide)

In this article, we will look at “Can you take the enneagram test for free?” We. discuss the possibilities, how to take the test, and what to expect in this article. 

To begin with, Enneagram is a theory that offers an explanation for understanding the human personality in terms of nine different types. It explains the different types of personalities with the help of a geometric figure like that of a regular nine-sided polygon. According to this theory a person’s personality can be identified as one of the nine possible combinations that are inclusive of one’s beliefs, values and motivations.

Can you take an enneagram test for free?

Yes, there are numerous websites on the internet that offer free enneagram tests for you to take. When making a choice, it is suggested that you pick the website which offers a full version of the test as opposed to a short version. The credibility of results of the longer version is definitely greater than the latter.

What is the Enneagram?

The word enneagram comes from the Greek word “Ennea” which means nine and “Gramma” which means something that is written or drawn. Enneagram consequently literally means nine different types of illustrations. According to this theory a person’s personality can be identified as one of the nine possible combinations that are inclusive of one’s beliefs, values and motivations.

The formal definition of Enneagram is as follows:

“A system of classifying personality types that is based on a nine-pointed starlike figure inscribed within a circle in which each of the nine points represent a personality type and its psychological motivations influencing a person’s emotions, attitudes, and behaviours.”

What are the nine types of personality?

TypeDominant CharacteristicCore BeliefBasic FearBasic DesireDisintegration ReactionIntegration Reaction
1Reformer – PerfectionistPerfectionCorruptness, Imbalance, Being BadGoodness, Integrity, Balance4 – Individualistic7 – Enthusiast
2Helper – GiverFreedomBeing UnlovedTo Feel Love8 – Challenger4 – Individualistic
3Achiever – PerformerHope WorthlessnessTo Feel Valuable9 – Peacemaker6 – Loyalist
4Individualistic – RomanticOriginHaving No Identity Or SignificanceTo Be Uniquely Themselves2 – Helper1 – Reformer
5Investigator – ObserverOmniscienceHelplessness, Incapability, IncompetenceMastery, Understanding7 – Enthusiast8 – Challenger
6Loyalist – SkepticFaithBeing Without Support Or GuidanceTo Have Support And Guidance3 – Achiever9 – Peacemaker
7Enthusiast – EpicureWisdomBeing Unfulfilled, Trapped, DeprivedTo Be Satisfied And Content1 – Reformer5 – Investigator
8Challenger – ProtectorTruthBeing Controlled, Harmed, physical harmSelf-Protection5 – Investigator2 – Helper
9Peacemaker – MediatorLoveLoss, Fragmentation, SeparationWholeness, Peace of Mind6 – Loyalist3 – Achiever

What does the enneagram test look like?

The enneagram test is a usually a 36-statement test of opinions which an individual is required to read and respond to accordingly. Each statement needs to be rated on a 5-point scale. Once you read a statement, you must respond with the rating that most closely indicates your opinion, belief, or reaction in real life.

The test can be taken for free online or via the enneagram institute which offers the paid full version. When answering the test, it is important to keep in mind that one must be brutally honest to get accurate results. Giving answers in a morally or socially correct manner will not give the accurate results which defeats the whole purpose of taking the test.

A useful tip when taking the test, is to not think too much about each statement. Try to be spontaneous and choose the option that comes to you instantly. This will reduce the possibility of giving socially desirable responses.

What does an enneagram test tell you?

An enneagram test generates results on the basis of the subject’s responses. The statements are a culmination of the characteristic response patterns of the different types of personality. Based on how one responds to the situational statement, the match is made with the characteristics of the different types.

You may be wondering if your enneagram type could change over time. Its complex, see here.

What the test results will look like

The results are given in terms of the closest to the farthest match with each of the personality types and they are very easy to interpret. The one which is the closest match, is the dominant personality type of the test taker. The remaining may be secondary characteristics in the form of wings, stress response, or growth response. Some tests also explicitly indicate the wing i.e. the supplementary characteristics.

Accompanying this, is a description of the dominant personality type for the individual. Once you are able to determine your type it is easy to understand more by reading about it. Some websites also generate a personalised in-depth report which may require you to make some payments. These reports may further help the test takers to understand themselves better.

How to take the enneagram test?

A few tips to keep in mind when taking the test are as follows:

  • Be sure to answer honestly because being dishonest will not elicit the right results.
  • Do not try to over analyse the questions asked.
  • Be spontaneous and choose the options that are the closest to what you would feel or do.
  •  If you are still unsure, a good way is to read about each type, and try to identify what is your basic fear. That is the most accurate way to identify your type because strengths and weaknesses tend to overlap.

Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question – “Can you take the enneagram test for free?”

Yes, it is possible to take the enneagram test for free. There are multiple websites on the internet that offer the test with a report accompanying the results. It is important to be honest in your responses when taking the test. Do not over think and try to respond quickly to get the best results. After identifying your dominant type, you may read up via other sources to gather more information about yourself. 

Be open to the idea of finding the unexpected when you take the test. 

FAQ’s 

What is the best free enneagram test?

 The best free enneagram test can be accessed on the website – “Truity. Com”. Directly click on this link to reach the page. 

Are free enneagram tests accurate?

All enneagram tests are self-report tests. It implies that one needs to read the statements and respond with the answer that is most likely how they feel or react. Consequently, it is true that all self-report tests are never 100% accurate. This is because we tend to have certain biases and respond accordingly.

That being said, the enneagram test in itself never gives a definite personality type. It always gives results in terms of the best match. Therefore, they are fairly accurate. To be sure of the results, it is suggested to read through the descriptions of the different personality types to ensure that you do not mis-identify yourself.

Where can I take the real enneagram test?

The real enneagram test can be taken through the enneagram institute website. It is the official version of the test that is paid. After taking the test, a personal report explaining your personality is also generated.

Which enneagram is the rarest?

Enneagram 8s are the rarest of all enneagram types. 8s are challengers and are said to have born leadership qualities. They enjoy challenging themselves and have enormous willpower and vitality. Some of the famous 8 personalities include Donald Trump, Pablo Picasso, & Indira Gandhi.

Which Enneagram type is the smartest?

Type 5’s are probably the smartest of all on the enneagram list owing to the unique emotional mental capabilities. They fall under the thinking category which naturally makes them problem solvers. They are always intrigued to know more about the things around them and do it in a very subtle manner. They do not show off and understand that their knowledge is their treasure. They are also fairly secretive and like to not engage in small talk much.

Which enneagram type is most likely to cheat?

The enneagram type alone does not determine how an individual would react in certain situations. It only proposes a possibility because there are numerous other factors such as values, beliefs, personal experiences, culture, norms, etc that influence an individual’s decision making. That being said, 3s, 7s and 8s are most likely to have issues with infidelity but that does not mean that they will cheat in any kind of relationship.

References 

https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/OEPS/#:~:text=Procedure%3A%20The%20test%20has%2036,provided%20for%20educational%20use%20only.

https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test

https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/test

https://enneagramtest.net/

https://www.truity.com/enneagram/what-is-enneagram

https://www.truity.com/blog/guide-enneagram-wings-what-are-they-all-about

https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.