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Achievement Motivation Inventory

Achievement Motivation Inventory
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Achievement Motivation Inventory


The AMI assesses factors relevant to vocational and professional success. It is based on the premise that performance motivation results from the way broad components of personality are directed towards performance.

Suitable for

Graduate to Board Level


Untimed (approx 30-35 minutes)

Language Versions

English, German, Swedish and Norwegian.

Achievement Motivation Inventory

The AMI differentiates between seventeen dimensions or 'achievement orientations':

Dimensions Description

Compensatory effort

Willingness to expend extra effort to avoid failure.


Drive to win and be better and faster than others.

Confidence in Success

Belief in capacity to achieve even difficult goals stemming from a belief in own knowledge, skills and abilities.


Tendency to exercise power over others, to take initiative and to control over activities.

Eagerness to Learn

Thirst for knowledge and striving to learn new things, even in the absence of external reward.


Capacity to maintain a high level of activity, usually work related, for long periods with little rest.


Degree of absence of a fear of failing at difficult tasks.


Willingness to accept changes and enjoyment of challenging new tasks.


Capacity to maintain long periods of concentration without being distracted; likelihood of becoming lost to the outside world and absorbed in a task.

Goal Setting

Tendency to set goals and make long term plans for achieving these.


Preference for making own decisions and working at own pace and tendency to take responsibility for one's own actions.


Attribution of own success to own actions and efforts rather than to situational variables or luck.


Tenacity and energy given to task completion.

Preference for Difficult Tasks

Tendency to seek out challenging rather than easy tasks and desire to seek greater challenges once earlier ones have been met.

Pride in Productivity

Enjoyment and satisfaction derived from achievement, from doing one's best and from improving on performance.


Capacity to delay gratification and to organise oneself and one's work.

Status Orientation

The desire to attain high status in one's personal life and to progress professionally.

Each scale has ten items. The items are, for the most part, couched in a work context. Dimension specific scores are derived, as well as an overall score.

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