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The Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ) for schools is a non-cognitive assessment that provides insight into a student’s attitudes and behaviours – their personal styles.
It helps schools implement targeted support, nurture personal development and wellbeing, and improve academic success. CPSQ is used for tutoring, mentoring and classroom activities. It is designed so it is harder for students to give only desirable answers and to encourage self-reflection.
Read the CPSQ for schools guide.
Read about how one school used CPSQ for Schools to help their students with the transition to A Level (PDF, 1004KB).
The CPSQ for schools is based on well-researched personal styles of behaviour that are known to support performance in education and work. These include:
CPSQ for schools. Video transcript
CPSQ for schools is designed to help you support your students throughout their study of Cambridge Upper Secondary and Advanced qualifications, helping to develop study behaviours and equip them for their future. It allows you to:
CPSQ can also be used alongside the Cambridge Global Perspectives programme, which is designed to help students develop transferable skills such as group work, collaboration, and communication.
Responses to Thinking, Study and Coping produce a score on a one to five scale. The higher a score, the more likely it is that current behaviours are effective and support progress. Within each competency, learners may have stronger and weaker areas, which are signposted in three possible feedback categories: Positive, Neutral and Improvement points.
Communication and Collaboration are two competencies that establish and maintain relationships. They are not scored because all interpersonal styles have strengths and weaknesses, and therefore a higher score would not necessarily indicate better behaviour.
The report provides personal feedback highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each behaviour.
Read a sample report (PDF, 1MB)
We are trialling materials to support the effective use of CPSQ. They are designed to be used alongside the CPSQ for schools report. These resources are free to use and can be accessed by anyone. They can be used by the student, with their teacher, or as part of a group activity with other students taking CPSQ.
Access the support materials
The questionnaire can be taken online and at any location. It is quick and easy to set up and share with individuals. The platform lets you:
Your School Coordinator can order CPSQ from the Extra Services area on the School Support Hub. Once the order has been placed, we will contact you within 10 days to set up your account.
There is a fee per assessment for CPSQ for schools. There is a discounted rate the more assessments you order.
Order CPSQ for schools