Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment-Youth Version (SEI-YV)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment-Youth Version (SEI-YV) is a self-assessment of emotional intelligence for youth ages 7 to 18. It can be used by schools, counselors, coaches, and other learning programs.

Main constructs measured

Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Ages 7-18

Publication year for the most recent version


Year originally developed


Related measures
Measure Administration


Method of administration


Number of items

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Item format

Five-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

15-20 minutes

Available languages

English, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Arabic, and Lithuanian

Fee for use Fee charged by developer
Credentials required for administration

Qualification Level B

Overall score reporting

A total score is reported.

Subscore reporting

There are eight competencies of emotional intelligence:

  • Enhance emotional literacy
  • Recognize patterns
  • Apply consequential thinking
  • Navigate emotions
  • Engage intrinsic motivation
  • Exercise optimism
  • Increase empathy
  • Pursue noble goals

Additionally, there are five "life barometers":

  • Good health
  • Relationship quality
  • Life satisfaction
  • Personal achievement
  • Self-efficacy
Scoring procedures

The measure is scored online.

Interpretive information

The score reports benchmark scores against norm sample ("challenge," "below most," "like most youth," and "above most"). Reports also produce one-page profiles about a child's approach to emotional intelligence.

Evidence of Technical Quality
Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected

Evidence is based on a large, international sample of youth (N=5,693).

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (alpha) coefficients range from 0.63 to 0.78 for each component (Six Seconds, 2015).

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Evidence based on response processes
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Evidence based on internal structure
Exploratory factor analysis substantiated a unidimensional structure (Six Seconds, 2015). EQ components are predictive of Life Barometers in regression models (Six Seconds, 2015).
Evidence based on relations with other variables
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure

"The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Toolkit: Technical Briefing," Six Seconds, Freedom, CA, 2015.

Jensen, A. L., Dijk, C. F., & Freedman, J. "Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI-YV) Youth Version (Assessment)," Six Seconds, Freedom, CA, 2012.


This measure is also reviewed in the AWG Guide.

Measure summary updated October 29, 2018.