What Type Of Doctoral Student Am I?

10 Questions | Total Attempts: 196

Student Quizzes & Trivia

This is a lighthearted assessment of personality types in relation to doctoral studies. Although the responses to the questions are categorized according to the personality types of the DISC assessment created by William Moulton Marston in the 1920s, individual results are not intended to be used as a quantitative predictor of academic success. However, because personality types are something to consider when determining attitude toward academic pursuits, becoming familiar with the DISC personality types may be useful to those interested in pursuing doctoral studies. Information on the topic is located at Changing Minds.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When should I have my Plan of Work done? (Choose only one response.)  
    • A. 

      It is already done.

    • B. 

      It is the next thing on my To Do list.

    • C. 

      I've been very busy doing a research paper and haven't had time to do it.

    • D. 

      It is my next goal.

    • E. 

      What is a Plan of Work?

  • 2. 
    I read peer-reviewed research articles because _____. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      I value the knowlege I gain

    • B. 

      They are assigned

    • C. 

      They provide information that I can use for my own research

    • D. 

      They help me develop my own insights

    • E. 

      What is a peer-reviewed article?

  • 3. 
    I read and write posts in discussion threads on BlackBoard because I enjoy _____. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      Participating in academic inquiry

    • B. 

      The fellowship of others who have the same interest in research as myself

    • C. 

      Organized class discussions

    • D. 

      What's BlackBoard?

    • E. 

      The convenience of online class discussions

  • 4. 
    I know of at least one professional organization that is related to my doctoral studies. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      I am running for the presidency of the organization.

    • B. 

      I am on a committee.

    • C. 

      I joined one on the first day of class.

    • D. 

      I plan to join one or two next week.

    • E. 

      What are professional organizations?

  • 5. 
    I have a research interest. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      I am exploring various options.

    • B. 

      I want to research the menu at my favorite restaurant.

    • C. 

      I've been discussing my research interest with other people.

    • D. 

      I already know what I want to research.

    • E. 

      I've given my research interest a lot of thought.

  • 6. 
    I've sought out a mentor. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      I don't need a mentor.

    • B. 

      I've been too busy to look for one but plan to get one soon.

    • C. 

      I've had a mentor since the first week of class.

    • D. 

      I've one or two people in mind.

    • E. 

      I had a mentor before I enrolled in the program.

  • 7. 
    When discussing theory, I ask, _____. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      "Whose theory is it?"

    • B. 

      "What theory is it?"

    • C. 

      "Why do people talk about theory?"

    • D. 

      How and when does the theory work?"

    • E. 

      "Why and how does the theory work?"

  • 8. 
    I've developed a system for organizing the research articles I read. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      I use EndNote.

    • B. 

      I use a clear, easy to use method of organizing the articles.

    • C. 

      I use Post-Its.

    • D. 

      I plan to learn EndNote during the summer.

    • E. 

      I've been too busy to get organized but plan to learn to use EndNote soon.

  • 9. 
    I plan to _____. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      Write a dissertation

    • B. 

      Become licensed to research

    • C. 

      Become a Ph.D

    • D. 

      Get a Ph.D

    • E. 

      Become an expert in my field

  • 10. 
    Being a strong doctoral student requires _____. (Choose only one response.)
    • A. 

      Determination

    • B. 

      Enthusiasm

    • C. 

      Persistence

    • D. 

      Organization

    • E. 

      I didn't know there was work involved in becoming a Ph.D.

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