Wagner Enneagram Personality Style Scales

I have created the Wagner Enneagram Personality Style Scales (WEPSS), to measure the resourceful and less-resourceful characteristics of each of the nine personality styles described by the Enneagram.

To take the WEPSS, you simply rate 200 words or phrases on a 5-point scale. The inventory generates a Total score, a Resourceful score, and a Less-Resourceful score for each style. The results are expressed as percentile scores based on a sample of 1429 people. The reliability and validity of the WEPSS meet professional testing standards.

The WEPSS is the only Enneagram inventory reviewed in Buros’s Mental Measurements Yearbook, the recognized handbook in the testing field. “The WEPSS’s greatest appeal and widest use seems to lie in the context of Enneagram workshops, aimed at self-understanding and growth. With this in mind, it offers an attractive alternative to more traditional instruments that have as their primary function the identification of personality and emotional disorders. The author’s efforts to use quantitative psychometric tools to refine and evaluate an instrument inspired by a clearly humanistic or even mystic tradition are praiseworthy; too often, something as esoteric as Enneagram theory would be dismissed as outside the realm of such methods.

The WEPSS represents a praiseworthy effort to “cross the divide” between quantitative-based mainstream psychometric approaches and less mainstream “interpretive approaches” to personality. The appeal that the WEPSS offers is a rich, “thick description” of test results very similar in texture to that provided by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The author may be forgiven if the interpretations and structure of the test (based upon Enneagram theory) are not yet adequately confirmed by empirical studies. The instrument offers a wide range of hypotheses waiting to be tested; further empirical confirmation of the WEPSS’s validity and reliability will very probably draw more careful attention to it as a viable alternative to mainstream personality tests, especially among psychologists and therapists exploring such issues within a spiritual or humanistic framework.” (The Fifteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, 2003.)

The WEPSS can be taken online for $10 at www.WEPSS.com.

The four-page computer generated report gives

  • your core Enneagram style
  • your preferred wing style
  • what you find easy to do and what you find difficult to do and so may avoid
  • how you may have learned this style
  • what may happen to you under stressful and secure conditions
  • how you can be more in balance

Instructions for taking the Wagner Enneagram Personality Style Scales (WEPSS) Online

You will receive in your e-mail a notice that looks like this:

1) Please accept this complimentary gift, on behalf of www.wepss.com.  (There will be included an 8 digit test code.)  Or you may receive your test code from the person who requested you take the WEPSS.  In order to take the WEPSS test, you must FIRST REGISTER for a free account.   Go to www.wepss.com and click on the word REGISTER.  There you will be asked to enter your e-mail.

2) You will then receive an e-mail validation asking you to Click Here to continue with your WEPSS.com account registration.  These steps are necessary to make sure the results go to the correct e-mail address.

3) Register for a free WEPSS account.

Your e-mail address will already be filled in.  Fill in the rest of the information requested and make up your own password.  This is not the same as your test code.  You put in your 8 digit test code when you get to the test itself.

4) Once you fill out your account information, click the Register button.  You will then receive an e-mail telling you your Registration is Complete.  Please Log In to access your account.  Click the Log In.

5) You will now be on your Account Details page which includes your personal information and test code.  Where it says: Logging in to take the test?  Click Here!  Click that and you will arrive at the test itself.

6) There you will be asked to enter the Test Code you received in your e-mail.  It’s best to copy and paste the code.

There are 200 items.  You cannot go on to the next item until you answer the current item.  The definitions of the words can be found by putting your cursor over the word.

The test runs out of time after an hour and a half.  So you need to complete the 200 items at one sitting in less than an hour and a half. Otherwise your answers aren’t saved and you have to go back to the beginning.

When you are finished taking the inventory, click submit and you will receive your test print-out in your e-mail or it will go to the e-mail of the person who sent you the test code, if that is what they requested.

If you click submit twice, you may get the error message that the test code has already been used.  Actually it was just used by you.