Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2019     Views: 16483

APA 6th Edition

Since your MBTI results are only available to you, you can treat the report as a personal communication. 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. Personal communication does not provide recoverable data (e.g., a phone call, conversation, interview, email, lecture, non-archived discussion group posting); therefore, the resource is only cited within the text but not in the reference list (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 179).

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

Reference

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

APA 7th Edition

Since your MBTI results are only available to you, cite the report as a personal communication and name the authors of the report as the source of the communication. For example, (A. Author, personal communication, November 29, 2019), or A. Author (personal communication, November 29, 2019). Since personal communication does not provide recoverable data, the resource is only cited within the text but not in the reference list (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 260).

If you want to cite and reference the test itself, not your results, use the following formatting to reference grey literature:

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A. (year). Title of report: Subtitle of report. Publisher Name. URL

  • In-text citation: (Author & Author, year, p. X)

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000