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VPT3 Reliability-related Personality Test – Version 3

Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit


Assesses personality characteristics relevant to weapons psychology.
This objective, multi-dimensional questionnaire obtains the respondent’s self-assessments in relation to social behavior, emotional state / stability and his/her level of self-control and self-reflection. These characteristics are particularly relevant to the responsible handling of weapons. This special personality test is therefore suitable for the weapons-related reliability test under Section 3 (2) of the implementing order relating to the first German Weapons Act (1. WaffV).


Using a four-point answer scale, respondents indicate the extent to which they agree with various statements. The previous answer can be corrected once.

Test forms

One test form.


The following main variables are scored:

  • Social expressiveness – self-confidence: Measure of the key basic dimension of social behavior known as “extraversion”.
  • Social adjustment: The level of social agreeableness or readiness to engage in conflict. This is a second important basic dimension of social behavior.
  • Emotional responsiveness: The level of emotional lability, tension, irritation and anxiety.
  • Self-control: The level of an individual’s self-discipline, consistency, reliability and adherence to norms.
  • Self-reflection: The level of intellectual flexibility and nuanced thinking as a measure of self-reflection.

The subsidiary variable Openness of the self-description describes how open and self-critical the person’s responses are.

Scoring elements

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

Special 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. 12 minutes if all subscales are presented


Norms for ages 16+.

Special features

Special norms available for clients undergoing weapons suitability assessment.