Multiple Intelligences Inventory


According to Howard Gardner, human beings have eight different kinds of intelligence that reflect different ways of interacting with the world. Each person has a unique combination, or profile. Although we each have all eight intelligences, no two individuals have them in the same exact configuration -- similar to our fingerprints.

For Gardner, intelligence is:

  • the ability to create an effective product or offer a service that is valued in a culture;
  • a set of skills that make it possible for a person to solve problems in life;
  • the potential for finding or creating solutions for problems, which involves gathering new knowledge.


1. Linguistic Intelligence: the capacity to use language to express what's on your mind and to understand other people. Any kind of writer, orator, speaker, lawyer, or other person for whom language is an important stock in trade has great linguistic intelligence.

2. Logical/Mathematical Intelligence: the capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system, the way a scientist or a logician does; or to manipulate numbers, quantities, and operations, the way a mathematician does.

3. Musical Rhythmic Intelligence: the capacity to think in music; to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, and perhaps manipulate them. People who have strong musical intelligence don't just remember music easily, they can't get it out of their minds, it's so omnipresent.
4. Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence: the capacity to use your whole body or parts of your body (your hands, your fingers, your arms) to solve a problem, make something, or put on some kind of production. The most evident examples are people in athletics or the performing arts, particularly dancing or acting.
5. Spatial Intelligence: the ability to represent the spatial world internally in your mind -- the way a sailor or airplane pilot navigates the large spatial world, or the way a chess player or sculptor represents a more circumscribed spatial world. Spatial intelligence can be used in the arts or in the sciences.
6. Naturalist Intelligence: the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.
7. Intrapersonal Intelligence: having an understanding of yourself; knowing who you are, what you can do, what you want to do, how you react to things, which things to avoid, and which things to gravitate toward. We are drawn to people who have a good understanding of themselves. They tend to know what they can and can't do, and to know where to go if they need help.
8. Interpersonal Intelligence: the ability to understand other people. It's an ability we all need, but is especially important for teachers, clinicians, salespersons, or politicians -- anybody who deals with other people.
Multiple Intelligences Inventory

Now that you have read the preceding explanation of and descriptions of the theory of multiple intelligences, you will take any 2 of the 4 inventories listed below. You will take 2 inventories so that you can compare the results and eliminate the possibility of bias as you complete the surveys.


When you have completed the inventories, print out the results for your use in your analysis.

Your Multiple Intelligences Analysis

After you have completed the inventories and compared results, prepare to write an analysis of your findings. Your analysis must include ideas about the way we learn and the theory of multiple intelligences.
For each learning style, find an example from your life that is typical of your learning style and your learning history to show that you understand the ways in which you learn.

Focus Question / Writing Prompt (answer all parts)

As a psychologist, do you believe that every individual has 8 learning intelligences? What evidence from your own survey supports or refutes the theory of multiple intelligences? Do you find strengths or weaknesses in this theory? How will knowing about your learning styles change the way you approach learning or school?


In a well constructed analytical essay, respond to the prompt using significant evidence from your work in class, your learning styles inventories and any other resource that will help you to understand the learning theory. Your response should be at least 2 pages in length and cite the sources of your information.