Altruism is one of the facets measured by the NEO-PI(R), devised by
Costa and MacRae.
This web page briefly describes the test, and where it can be
Note that the NEO-PI is a commercial psychometric test, and so is not
Search strategy: I was aware that the NEO-PI(R) had such a subscale,
so searched Google for NEO-PI altruism.
Optimism can be measured through the "Life Orientation test", devised
by Scheier and Carver, or the revised version, by Scheier, Carver and
This web page lists the original test:
This page lists the revised version:
Again, I knew the test existed, so used the search terms:
"Life Orientation Test" Carver
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Clarification of Answer by
01 Sep 2002 15:22 PDT
Having typed that answer, it struck me that a further aspect of
testing you might be interested in is social desirability. This is
people's desire to do or say the right thing, even if it isn't true.
One such test which measures this is the Marlowe-Crowne Social
Desirability Scale. A short form of the scale can be found here:
It contains questions such as "I am always courteous, even to people
who are disagreeable." The 'right' answer is yes. The truthful
answer is almost certainly no.
However, before you go using such tests, I would strongly recommend
consulting a professional who can advise you (or even do the testing
for you). Apart from anything else you might find yourself in legal
hot water, if it is later shown that the tests are unfair with respect
to things like race or sex.