People are still, and probably always will be, divided on the subject of learning styles. Whether or not you believe the theory of learning styles is valid, it's difficult to resist the allure of learning style inventories, or assessments. They come in a variety of styles themselves and measure a variety of preferences.
There are lots of tests out there. The eight we gathered for you are just a start. Have fun.
1. VARKNeil Fleming designed this learning styles inventory and teaches workshops on it. At vark-learn.com, he offers a questionnaire, "helpsheets," info in many different languages on how to use VARK, VARK products, and more.
VARK stands for Visual, Aural, Read-Write, and Kinesthetic.
Information about your favored style is presented, including detailed learning strategies for that style.
The results of this test score your tendencies in the following areas:
- Active vs. Reflective learners
- Sensing vs. Intuitive learners
- Visual vs. Verbal learners
- Sequential vs. Global learners
This test has 48 questions, and the authors provide a ton of supporting information about the test, the scoring, and each of the scoring combinations, including examples of famous people with each dimension and groups that support that dimension.
This is a fascinating site.
Connor offers learning suggestions for each style, as well as other assessments:
The inventory includes a description of each learning style.
- visual-spatial (images, maps, colors, shapes; whiteboards are good for you!)
- aural-auditory (sound, music; performance industries are good for you)
- verbal-linguistic (the written and spoken word; public speaking and writing are good for you)
- physical-bodily-kinesthetic (touch, body sense; sports and physical work are good for you)
- logical-mathematical (logic and mathematical reasoning; the sciences are good for you)
- social-interpersonal (communication, feelings; counseling, training, sales, human resources and coaching are good for you)
- solitary-intrapersonal (privacy, introspection, independence; writing, security, and nature are good for you)
They say more than 1 million people have completed the test. You must register with the site upon completion of the test.
The site also offers brain training games focused on memory, attention, focus, speed, language, spatial reasoning, problem solving, fluid intelligence, stress, and reaction time.
The test measures your basic personality type:
Other factors are also measured. This is a complex test with lots of information. Well worth $10.
9. LearningRxLearningRx calls its network of offices "brain training centers." It's owned by teachers, education professionals, and business owners who are passionate about education. You have to schedule the learning style test in one of their centers.
Training based on the results of the inventory is customized for the specific learner.