Achievement Motivation Test for adults

  • The Achievement Motivation Test for adults (Prestatie-Motivatie-Test in Dutch) is 90 multiple-choice item questionnaire for the measurement of three motives: – Achievement motive: the tendency to excel in task-situations, both in the eyes of another person and in the eyes of oneself. –
  • Debilitating anxiety: a fear of dysfunctioning in task situations which are stressful or lack a clear structure, a fear which has a debilitating influence on performance in such situations –
  • Facilitating anxiety: a fear of dysfunctioning in task situations which are stressful or lack a clear structure, a fear which has a facilitating influence on performance in such situations. For an introduction into psychometric properties of the achievement motive scale see the article: Hubert J.M. Hermans (1970). A questionnaire measure of achievement motivation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 54, 353-363.
  • For discussion and criticism of the test see the articles: Jan A. Feij (1974), An investigation into the meaning of the Achievement Motivation Test 1: Questionnaire correlates. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Psychologie, 29, 171-190, and Jan A. Feij (1975). An investigation into the meaning of the Achievement Motivation Test 2: Psychophysiological correlates. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Psychologie, 30, 233-253. The manual is in Dutch: Hubert J.M. Hermans (1976), Handleiding bij de Prestatie-Motivatie-Test. Lisse: Swets Publishers. A profoundly revised test and manual appeared in 2004 with Harcourt in Lisse, Netherlands.
  • For historical information about this test see Research Program