Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017     Views: 7146

Since your MBTI results are only available to you, you can consider the report as "personal communication". Personal communication (e.g., a phone call, conversation, interview, email, lecture, non-archived discussion group posting) does not provide recoverable data; therefore, the resource is only cited within the text but not in the reference list (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 179). When citing personal communication, provide the first initial and last name of your contact or the group/corporate name, “personal communication”, and the date the communication took place. It is unnecessary to specify the type of communication within your citation. For example, (A. Author, personal communication, January 15, 2004), or A. Author (personal communication, January 15, 2004). In the case of your MBTI report, please cite the authors of the report as the source of the information. 

If you would like to refer to the MBTI instrument or test itself in your paper and reference list, please follow the generic who, when, what, where format for APA Style, using the relevant information from the questionnaire. For example:

Name of survey author. (year of copyright). Title of survey. Retrieved from URL

For more information on personal communication, please see "How do I cite or reference personal communication in APA Style?"; for information on how to cite a psychological assessment, please see “How to Cite a Psychological Test in APA Style” from the APA Style Blog.


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.