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COMPASS® was developed by following the standards of educational and psychological testing outlined by the American Psychological Association (2001). The development process of the survey was extensive and required a large-scale pilot study (n=950) involving multi-dimensional scale analyses such as preliminary factor analyses, internal consistency analyses, and content validity analyses. The final form of COMPASS® was created by statistically and conceptually analyzing over 600 items. The analyses aided researchers in reducing the final instrument to just over 350 items.

When scholars develop a research survey using multi-dimensional scales they are particularly concerned with the internal consistency reliability of the scales. These "reliability scores" measure the cohesion or consistency of the items that make up each scale. Simply put, scales need to have high levels of consistency to be deemed reliable. The typical standard is that scales need to have reliability scores of .70 or higher (out of 100) to be considered reliable. The reliability scores for all the scales of the COMPASS® survey are at or above .70, with a range from .70 to .95. These are particularly noteworthy results, because the majority of the scales only contain 3 to 4 items.

So what does all of this mean?
COMPASS® has been developed by a team of research professionals and our LDSSingles.com staff to deliver consistent results. The methods used in COMPASS® to measure different aspects of your personality have high levels of accuracy and consistency.

You can have confidence that COMPASS® will represent your personality to others in a way that is consistent with the answers that you have provided.

And best of all, COMPASS® can match you with other people on the site and show you who might be the most compatible with you.

To take advantage of COMPASS®, fill out your COMPASS® profile today!