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BACO Resilience Assessment

T. M. Ortner, K. D. Kubinger, A. Schrott, R. Radinger & M. Litzenberger


Assesses various aspects of resilience.
This objective personality test is particularly suitable for use in personnel psychology (staff & management assessments, manufacturing & safety assessments, academic testing) and sports psychology. In these fields it is often necessary to apply coping strategies to deal with particular stressors.


Six subtests are available. They measure resilience under various conditions:

  • “Time pressure” measures resilience when time is short. A coding task must be completed within a time that becomes shorter and shorter.
  • “Presence of others” measures resilience in a situation in which one is being observed. This involves performing computational tasks while stylized people make disparaging comments.
  • “Conflict of tasks” measures resilience in situations in which a number of requirements are imposed simultaneously. While the respondent is working on a task, he/she is repeatedly distracted by other urgent activities.
  • “Hindrance to planned action” assesses resilience in situations in which disruptions suddenly occur. The respondent must find the path to the goal through a constantly changing labyrinth.
  • “Inadequate feedback” assesses resilience in socially contradictory situations. The respondent receives inadequate feedback from a committee in a simulated application situation.
  • “Unfavorable working conditions” assesses resilience under difficult external conditions in a simulated office situation.

Test forms

One test form.


The following main variables are scored, depending on the subtest:

  • Time pressure
    • Performance optimization: Assesses the improvement in performance under time pressure.
    • Performance stability: Influence of time pressure on performance level.
  • Presence of others
    • Quality: Computational performance when being watched by others.
    • Speed difference: Measure of the change in working speed in computational tasks.
  • Conflict of tasks
    • Quantity - main task: Indicates how much of the required activity was completed.
    • Efficiency of the secondary task: Measure of the efficiency of coping strategies in the face of interruptions.
  • Hindrance to planned action
    • Quantity: Extent to which the target was achieved (0-100%).
    • Speed: Efficiency of strategies for achieving the target quickly.
  • Inadequate feedback
    • Behavioral stability: Influence of feedback on behavior.
    • Constancy of feedback inspection time: Measure of the individual’s uncertainty.
  • Unfavorable working conditions
    • Work quality: Extent of correct working.
    • Work quantity: Measure of persistence and frustration tolerance.
    • Processing: Percentage of items worked (0-100%).

Various subsidiary variables provide more detailed information on strengths and weaknesses.

Scoring elements

Working time
Confidence interval
Profile analysis
Test protocol
Item analysis protocol
Progress chart
Special diagrammatic representation of results
Personalized Word report

1 for different subtests.

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Test type

Objective Personality Tests

Test information

language-free item material
parallel test form
conforms to the Rasch-model
additional device required
high level of test security
wide norm spectrum
test form available for online presentation - open mode
links to CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing




approx. 40-100 minutes if all subtests are presented


Norms for ages 14+.

Special features

Special norms available of social workers, students and employees.