Preparing for Character Test


The character section of the test is designed in consultation with a child psychologist in order to create questions and answers that allow students to self-evaluate and recognise aspects of their own character and behaviour.

There are no RIGHT or WRONG answers. We encourage all students to answer honestly so that schools can use these results to help and guide students to success.

The character-based questions for IDAT are a series of multiple-choice questions that will give schools a summary of the student’s own self-evaluation of their abilities, preferences and general disposition in regard to the following aspects of character and behaviour:


The character test for IDAT was devised with consultation of Dr Krista Edgley of Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Dr Edgley has a PhD in Philosophy and is a Clinical Child Psychologist for a school board in Ottawa and also has a private practice. Dr Edgley consulted the IDAT team for the initial character test by advising them of question types, ways to ask questions and possible concerns and consideration for the test


To prepare for the character test – students need to know certain English vocabulary to help them answer the questions. Even if the student is younger, we ask parents and teachers to help student prepare and know these words.

  • Collaborate
  • Helpful
  • Risk
  • Independent
  • Most
  • Least
  • Sports
  • School/study
  • The arts
  • Games
  • Creative


  • What do you do best?
  • What do you like the most?
  • What do you like the least?
  • What do you want to do better?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What makes you sad?
  • If you are allowed to try something, which would you try?

How comfortable are you scale:

0= no discomfort

5=very uncomfortable in certain situations

  • If I gave you these five things – what would you do with them?
  • What skills do you think we need to get along with others?

Rate the following on a 0-5 scale

0= not important

5=very important

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