The Kolbe Y Index:

The Kolbe Y Index helps young people identify their natural striving instincts - and provides advice on how to best use those strengths - to achieve success simply by being themselves.


Please make two choices for endings of each of the following sentences.

  1. Click in the MOST circle, next to the ending that would fit you most of the time.
  2. Click in the LEAST circle, next to each sentence that describes what you would do least often.

There are no right or wrong answers.

Answer with what comes to your mind first, without asking others' opinions or thinking about what they would tell you to do.

When answering the questions, think about when you get to choose your own way.

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1a. How do I ...fix things?
Most Least
with a plan
so they work better
by the book
just jump right in
When I get to choose my own way, HOW DO I

1. ...prepare a book report?
Most Least
find things to use as examples
decide what's most important
review the guidelines
look for a new twist

2. ...make something?
Most Least
figure out if it is worth the effort
make step-by-step plans
make it up as I go
make a sample

3. ...decide what to do with friends?
Most Least
decide at the last minute
evaluate the choices
consider what there is time to do
pick outdoor or physical activities

4. ...make a treat for the first time?
Most Least
stick to a recipe
taste test while making it
be sure it feels and smells right

5. ...deal with missing game pieces?
Most Least
make new ones that will work
search for something similar
play without them
decide if they are necessary

6. ...solve a problem?
Most Least
put it together step by step
take it apart in pieces
try an unproven way
find specific causes

7. ...use free time in a media center?
Most Least
do a bunch of different things
physically explore
look at how things are organized
go deeper into an area of interest

8. ...store things?
Most Least
by history or where it's from
by shape, design, or look
by uniqueness and sparkle
by ways they will be safe and secure

9. ...get the most done?
Most Least
work in the right location
give myself deadlines
create a checklist
do the most important things first

10. ...fix things?
Most Least
with a plan
so they won't break again
jump right in
figure out why it's not working

11. ...show determination?
Most Least
become very specific
be very tough
take on the challenge
complete what I started

12. ...evaluate information?
Most Least
see what's out of place
find errors
question the unbelievable
use my senses

13. ...act in new situations?
Most Least
check out the environment
look for opportunities
observe what others are doing
follow the flow

14. ...make a decoration?
Most Least
in a traditional way
with patterns and shapes
in an unexpected way
staple, glue or attach things

15. ...pick a puzzle?
Most Least
there is something to learn from it
fiddling with it is fun
it has an interesting design
it is strange looking

16. ...make choices?
Most Least
by what is different
by what goes together
by picking top-rated choices
by what is most useful

17. ...clean up my space?
Most Least
get rid of broken stuff
store things neatly in containers
tackle the biggest part of the mess
check out what's there

18. ...pick what I would want to wear?
Most Least
what is bright and colorful
what feels very comfortable
what matches or coordinates
what fits the situation

19. ...watch a TV show?
Most Least
rate how good it is
while holding something or moving around
talk about what's happening
not have any interruptions

20. ...do my best on a presentation?
Most Least
make examples to demonstrate
arrange posters or coordinate storyboards
find extra facts and figures
tell entertaining stories

21. ...choose a topic to write about?
Most Least
something I make up
a collection or category
a place or thing
a real person or event

22. ...do my best?
Most Least
get tons of information
take things apart or put them together
guess or take a chance
make charts or lists

23. ...start a project?
Most Least
line up the tasks
find out what's required
brainstorm ideas
get out the materials

24. ...try to get out of doing things?
Most Least
chart why there isn't time to do it
explain why others would do it better
show that I don't have the right supplies
trade to do other things

25. ...tell stories?
Most Least
make it up as I go
act it out with my hands or objects
follow a sequence
give a lot of details

26. ...get ready to travel somewhere?
Most Least
test out equipment, or things to take
pack at the last moment
gather information about it
prepare so I can keep my routine

27. ...help on a group project?
Most Least
find missing information
keep people on track
create a model or display
do the talking

28. ...deal with a deadline?
Most Least
stick with the plan
hurry at the last minute
don't let it harm the outcome
define the task

29. ...do homework with the least amount of pain?
Most Least
take chances that could be mistakes
work in an area I set up for myself
study my notes and the instructions
do it regularly, at the same time, in the same place

30. ...learn how to use a new tool or device?
Most Least
carefully test how well it works
see how it works with other things I use
figure out its purpose
discover different ways it can be used

31. ...draw a picture?
Most Least
make it look real
show shadows and depth
use a lot of color
fill the page or drawing area

32. ...handle a surprise activity?
Most Least
keep it from messing up other plans
celebrate it
ask why it's happening
protect things from being damaged by it

33. ...sort things?
Most Least
by color
by how it's used
by importance
by what goes together

34. ...get frustrated?
Most Least
by having to wait
by things that aren't well-made
by incorrect information
by clutter or mess

35. ...share something that happened?
Most Least
act out what happened
give all the background
explain how one thing led to another
tell just the exciting parts

36. ...finish my homework?
Most Least
make sure I didn't skip anything
review for errors
make last minute guesses
pack it up

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