Geneva Emotional Competence Test (GECo)

The Geneva Emotional Competence Test (GECo Test) is an online-only performance-based test to measure individual differences in Emotional Intelligence (EI). The test comprises 110 items and requires about 50 minutes to complete. 

The GECo Test has been built specifically for the workplace and for organizations: all scenarios and items describe situations and events that could happen in the workplace and are based on interviews conducted with managers and professionals during the first phase of the project. For each item, there is a correct or a wrong response that is determined on the basis of multiple criteria: theoretical foundations, expert judgments, and consensus in the general population.

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The model of Emotional Intelligence used in the GECo Test defines 4 central competencies:

1) EMOTION RECOGNITION - the ability to accurately recognize emotions from other people's nonverbal expressions conveyed by the face, voice, or body

2) EMOTION UNDERSTANDING - the ability to understand the qualities, causes, and consequences of one's own and others' emotions 

3) EMOTION MANAGEMENT - the ability to effectively regulate other people's (usually negative) emotions through behavioural strategies;

4) EMOTION REGULATION - the ability to create and maintain positive affective states and reduce negative affective states in oneself.

These competencies are considered to be distinct but correlated and each of them is measured through a specific subtest. 

The GECo has been validated in a series of studies reported in Schlegel  & Mortillaro (2018). The abstract and the full reference can be found below


Schlegel, K., & Mortillaro, M. (2018). The Geneva Emotional Competence Test (GECo): an ability measure of workplace emotional intelligence. Journal of Applied Psychology. Advance online publication.








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