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Personality Assessment Screener®

Leslie C. Morey, PhD

Screens for a broad range of clinical problems
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
18 years to 89 years
5 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Quickly Screen Across 10 Clinical Problem Domains using 22 Items from the PAI


The PAS quickly screens for major domains covered in the trusted Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI®) and is designed for use as a triage instrument in healthcare and mental health settings, corporate EAPs, and college health services. This 22-item test can help you determine the need for follow-up with a full evaluation of psychopathology, focus initial client interviews on specific problem areas, and target certain clinical areas for follow-up testing.

Features and benefits

  • The 22 PAS items are those from the PAI that are the most sensitive to a broad range of contemporary clinical problems.
  • Items are organized into 10 different element scores that represent 10 distinct clinical problem domains. Element raw scores are summed to determine the PAS Total score, which assesses both the potential for emotional and/or behavioral problems of clinical significance and the need for follow-up evaluation.
  • Probability (p) values, which reflect the likelihood that the respondent would obtain a problematic profile if he or she completed the full PAI, are provided for all scores.
  • Normative data are presented for a national community sample of 1,000 adults as well as for 1,246 clinical participants and 1,051 college students. 
  • Use in conjunction with The Personality Assessment Screener–Observer (PAS-O) for a more complete picture. The PAS-O uses the same 22 items from the PAS to obtain information from an observer (such as a spouse, relative, or close friend) about a client who has completed the PAS or the PAI. It's the only informant personality assessment normed on score discrepancies between informant and self-report. It helps validate a client's PAS result and inform the need for follow-up testing.
  • Administration and scoring are available 24/7 on PARiConnect, our online assessment platform. 
  • The PAS Hand-Scorable Response Form is available in Spanish. View the Creation and Use of the PAS Spanish Translation white paper

Software Portfolio available

The PAI-SP is a powerful diagnostic and interpretive system that offers a variety of modules to meet your specific assessment needs. The PAI-SP provides a common framework of basic functionality and features to all enabled PAI modules. This functionality includes navigation tools, file handling, report editing, and remote (telephone and Internet) updating for the on-screen administration counters.

  • Provides useful diagnostic and interpretive information. The PAI-SP provides interpretation of the 22 PAI scales modified by all relevant subscale-to-scale and subscale-to-subscale considerations.
  • Generates reports for the full-length PAI and the screener. In addition to scoring the PAI forms, the software generates exceptionally comprehensive, useful, and accurate 10- to 15-page PAI Clinical Interpretive Reports or 2- to 4-page PAS Score Reports.
  • Transitions between the PAI and PAS as needed. After you administer the PAS on-screen, the software automatically transitions to the full PAI if your client’s responses meet the cutoff threshold you have selected.
  • Offers supplemental and descriptive data. The unique PAI Interpretive Explorer (PAI-IE) Module enables you to click on the hyperlinks to access pertinent definitions, supplemental indexes, relevant statistics, and comparisons of client data with appropriate normative and clinical samples.
  • Pay as you go for on-screen administrations. The PAI-SP generates unlimited Clinical Interpretive Reports and PAS Score Reports. Counter Serial Numbers are used to activate on-screen administrations.
  • Simple printed components. The convenient Software Item/Response Booklet contains both the item booklet and the answer sheet, all in one.

Current users of the PAI-SP who wish to upgrade to the newest version should call Customer Support at 1.800.331.8378.