EVO Elements Assessment FAQ
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The BTA’s primary purpose is to give you a direction for which EVO Planner would suit you best, and give you a little insight on how you may see the world and process information (the set of elements we call Brain Type).
The EVO Elements Assessment goes lightyears beyond that to help you understand the core of who you are, how you make your best decisions (we call those elements Compasses), how you see the world and process information (this is a more definitive understanding of what your Brain Type is since it’s taking who you are as a whole into account vs. one aspect), and what roles you play in life (we call these your Crafts), and how all these elements of who you are play together to make up your unique true self.
Where as the BTA gave you 8 pages of description based on how you answered a couple of questions, the EVO Elements Assessment results give you a 25+ page report to help you understand who you are, what you do best, and offer a roadmap for how you can grow into the best version of your true self. 🙂
You could say that the BTA is elementary level, but the EVO Elements Assessment takes things up to post-secondary education levels of insight. 🙂
If you feel that your EEA results fit you really well, congratulations! Now you know your true Brain Type and Compass combination, plus the top 3 Crafts that best fit you.
Although the BTA is a great jumping off point, we generally consider the results from the EEA to be more accurate, because the EEA is taking more information about you into account than the brief BTA.
Think of it like this—if you hung out with someone one time over coffee, you’d probably get to know a bit about their life (assuming you both felt comfortable sharing with each other), and you’d have a good sense of certain aspects of their personality, like their sense of humor, how they treat baristas, and what their interests and hobbies are.
But if you hung out with that same person every day for a month, you’d know even more about them, their mannerisms, how they respond in different situations, how they treat their other friends and family, their work ethic, their values, etc.
Because you’re giving us more information when you take the EEA than you do when you take the BTA, it’s more likely that we’re going to be able to get a better sense of who you are.
If you feel that you have the wrong planner and would like to use the one suited to your Brain Type based on your EEA results, please contact our Customer Success team here, and we will be happy to help.
If you would like someone to discuss your results in-depth with you, you can schedule a 1:1 EVO Elements Deep Dive with the assessment creator here.
This can be easily understood when you realize that both Oracle and Alchemist Brain Types are very abstract thinkers.
While Architects and Explorers—people who look at concrete information before considering the abstract implications—tend to more easily identify how they operate using concrete terms, Oracles and Alchemists, by their very nature, find it more difficult to convey how their minds operate.
(Of course, this is more of a general observation we’ve had, rather than a hard and fast rule—sometimes Architects and Explorers have a hard time determining their Brain Type, too!)
This difficulty with pinning down an abstract process with concrete language is what can create confusion when Oracles and Alchemists (as well as some Architects and Explorers!) try to meta-analyze themselves and pin down how their minds work within the Brain Type framework we’ve provided.
Of course, many people also take the BTA with the mindset that the way they answer needs to reflect every part of who they are, but in reality your Brain Type is just one aspect of you. And it can be quite difficult to untangle the different parts of how your mind operates! Especially when you operate as someone who thinks primarily in impressions, connections, subtext, and whooshes—in other words, an abstract thinker. 😉
When you take the EVO Elements Assessment, you are highlighting your core element, as well as the other parts of you that help serve your core drive, and how all those pieces work together to make up your unique self. The BTA can’t really help you untangle those processes from each other like the EVO Elements Assessment can. 🙂
This is why we tend to advise that, as long as you feel like your EVO Elements results accurately describe you, it’s even more likely to be correct than your BTA results.
A common reason we’ve seen for this is that many people take the BTA with the mindset that the way they answer needs to reflect every part of who they are, but in reality your Brain Type is just one aspect of you. And it can be quite difficult to untangle the different parts of how your mind operates!
For example, sometimes the way your Core Element is oriented (either internally or externally), may affect how you answer on the BTA, especially if your Core Element is a Compass Element (Relational, Strategic, Compelled, and Determined are all Compass Elements). You may have combined your awareness of more practical, concrete information with your core element.
For example, Architects with an externally-oriented Core Element may have gotten Explorer on the simplified, basic BTA (Explorer in a nutshell is an external + concrete process). Or, alternately, Explorers with an internally-oriented Core Element may have originally gotten an Architect result on the BTA (Architect is essentially an internal + concrete process).
If you have a more specific question about your results, try connecting with our online EVO Collective community (just answer a few questions and request to join the group!), or schedule a Deep Dive session with the assessment creator.
Ask yourself if the style planner you have has been working for you or not. While we typically recommend that people use the style planner customized to their Brain Type, there’s nothing wrong with using a different style EVO Planner than the one that “matches” your top Brain Type.
Some people choose to use a different style EVO than their Brain Type, and if it works for them (or you), that’s great! The point of the EVO Planning system is to help you plan and organize your life in a way that makes sense for you. You’re the best judge of that. 🙂
However, if you feel that you have the wrong planner and would like to use the one suited to your Brain Type based on your EEA results, please contact our Customer Success team here, and we will be happy to help.
Because the EVO system is a tool to help you organize information, Brain Type (the way you see the world, and organize and process information) is the element that most affects how you use your planner and the app.
However, you should certainly keep both of your Compasses in mind when thinking about how you prioritize what you’re spending your time on. Here is a handy guide:
- If you are a Strategic EVO Type, you may want to prioritize learning opportunities and taking time to yourself to solve complex problems. Also, because you have a smaller part of you that is Relational, don’t forget that you need connection with other humans on a regular basis.
- If you are a Determined EVO Type, you may want to seek out opportunities to work with and learn from others you admire as well as find problems that you can help solve. And because you have a smaller part of you that is Compelled, make sure to stop periodically and make sure you’re still aligning yourself with the things that are important to you.
- If you are a Relational EVO Type, you’ll want to not only to seek out intentional connection with people who give you energy, but you should also remember that in order to keep connecting, you need to prioritize self-care too. And because a smaller part of you is Strategic, don’t forget to incorporate learning new things or solving puzzles or problems related to your field(s) of interest.
- If you’re a Compelled EVO Type, make sure you’re giving yourself time and space to think about your identity and what it is you want to align yourself with, as well as take time to spend with people who really “see” you. And because you have a smaller Determined part of you, make time for critiquing and improving what you’re working on the make it the best it can be.
It’s rare, but occasionally someone will take the EVO Elements Assessment (EEA) and feel that their results just don’t suit them, because while the EEA is a pretty damn good assessment (if we do say so ourselves), no assessment of this kind is ever going to be 100% accurate. The fact is, the EVO Elements Assessment is still not as intelligent as the people who created it. 🙂
The EEA can’t re-phrase things that are confusing for you, or answer questions in the middle of your session to make sure you understand what certain words or phrases mean, or give you additional concrete examples to help you understand the elements of you that the assessment is trying to pinpoint.
If you would like someone to discuss your results in-depth with you, you can schedule a 1:1 EVO Elements Deep Dive with the assessment creator here. This is the ultimate way to understand your EVO type, because a human who fully understands EVO Element theory is always going to be more intelligent and capable than an automated assessment. The Deep Dive discussion will suit your level of understanding, as well as answer any specific questions you may have had, and provide examples for further clarity.
You’re also welcome to head over to our online community to get some help from others who have been through this process before. (Just answer a couple of quick questions and request to join the group!)
Any other questions about your results can be directed to our team here.
We do not offer any refunds on our EVO Elements Assessment tokens. If you have an Elements Assessment token you do not wish to use, we recommend sharing it with a friend or family member. If you have any questions, please contact our customer support team at email@example.com.
IMPORTANT: Please note that we cannot issue any refunds if a virtual product or service has been used.
We’re working on that currently! We’ll be sure to share once we have the results, so stay tuned. 🙂
Got any other questions? Take a look at our general FAQ page here!
The EVO Elements Assessment is suitable for any human, ages 14 and up.
We do not recommend that children younger than 14 take the EEA due to the reading level, theory comprehension, and self-awareness needed to take the assessment and read the results.
We don’t recommend that the EEA ever be taken “on behalf” or someone else if that person is not present during the process. While we may be able to guess at how someone’s mind works if we know them very well, the only one who can determine what processes match the way someone’s mind works is that person.
We believe that knowing the Elements (Compasses, Crafts, and Brain Types) of those we work with can benefit everything from the work environment and team communication, to the workflow of a team and the quality of work they produce.
However, we strongly believe that any assessment of this nature, including our EEA and BTA, should only be used after the best candidate for the job has officially been hired.
The truth is, anyone—regardless of their type or Elements—can do any job well, given that they are motivated and have the proper training. Getting a specific result on any personality assessment is not an indicator of how well someone can do their job, as each person will bring their own unique perspective, strengths, and weaknesses to the role they are most prepared for and invested in.
If you’re still not convinced— another factor to consider before using the EEA, BTA, or any other personality assessment as part of your hiring process, is that personality assessments can easily be manipulated to give the result a candidate believes is most likely to get them the job. Even if a candidate is not intentionally trying to get specific result, they may still subconsciously eliminate answers that they believe a hiring manager would deem “less desirable” for the role, resulting in inaccurate and potentially misleading results.
Because of this, we do not recommend that the BTA or EEA be used as part of the hiring process, and instead suggest that organizations include our assessments as part of their on-boarding process for new hires, or as a team training exercise for current employees.
Yes! We advise that before you begin the assessment, make sure you have the following:
- Enough time—our average rate of completion is about 15 minutes, but we recommend setting aside at least 30 minutes in case you need to read over some sections multiple times. If you feel rushed, try taking the assessment another day when you can really focus on it.
- A good amount of focus—Being distracted while taking the assessment may cause you to select an option that doesn’t accurately reflect you, which will give you a result that just doesn’t fit. Find an environment conducive to your best focus state before getting started.
- A neutral-to-positive mental state—What’s considered neutral or good may vary from person to person, of course, but taking the assessment on an off day, or a day when you feel especially low, anxious, etc. may affect your answers to the questions. If you do take the assessment on an off or low day, try to answer the questions based on how you operate when you’re relatively happy and healthy—this will help you receive the most accurate results.
Also, please keep in mind that you will be able to click back and forth through different questions in the assessment—if you sense that the direction you’re headed in isn’t accurately portraying who you are, go back a page or two and explore a different selection until you feel really good about it. We designed it this way on purpose—you’re in control of the process and responsible for getting a result that fits you best. 🙂
We don’t recommend taking the EVO Elements Assessment multiple times. Mainly because it is a tool that helps increase self-awareness, rather than a scientific measurement. Meaning, re-taking it is not necessarily the best path to help you reach the results that are most accurate for you.
We recommend reading through your results thoroughly in order to determine if they fit you. Especially if you feel that your results accurately describe how you operate, then there is no reason to repeat the assessment—you’ve found your EVO type! Congratulations. 🙂
It has been proven that taking psychological assessments of this nature multiple times, especially within a short span of time, can actually affect the outcome of your results.
This could be due to a myriad of reasons, including differences in understanding of the terms and theory presented from one time to the next, the carryover effect (remembering how you answered last time), change of external influences in your life (needing to operate outside your true preferences for survival or in a specific work setting), the fact that re-doing the assessment after receiving your first results may potentially cause bias, and more. You can read more about psychological assessment repeatability here.
If you feel that your results don’t accurately describe you, there are several things you can try instead of re-taking the assessment…
Discuss it with an expert! This is the option that is most likely to lead to a full understanding and results you feel are most accurate. While the EVO Elements Assessment is pretty damn good (if we do say so ourselves 😉 ), it’s not as intelligent as the humans who created it. If you got a result that you feel is mostly or entirely inaccurate, we recommend you schedule a 1:1 EVO Elements Deep Dive call with the assessment creator.
Another thing we recommend is to have someone who knows you very well (SO, best friend, close relative, etc) read over your results and discuss them with you. Sometimes there are things in us that we are blind to until someone (who can see our true self more objectively than we can) points them out. A person whom you show your true self to can help you determine if this is the case.
You can also contact our customer success team with specific questions here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nope! Once you know your EVO Elements and Crafts, it’s not necessary to take the assessment again, even years from your first time around.
Our 10+ years of research has shown that a person’s Elements, and the order of them in an individual’s “EVO type recipe” don’t tend to change. We believe that EVO Elements represent mental process preferences that are as innate as being right or left-handed. And while you can practice signing your name with your non-dominant hand, and see marked improvement with hard work and dedication to the task over time, it’s always going to feel more comfortable to default to your dominant preference. 🙂
It’s the same with your Elements—you absolutely can (and should!) work on growing and developing the areas you aren’t as comfortable in, but your innate preferences aren’t likely to switch to something else entirely. Just as your constant use of your dominant hand reinforces your preference of that hand for many and varied tasks, consistent use of your Elements, especially the ones your feel most comfortable operating in, reinforces those Element preferences.
But of course, your brain and how you operate is far from static! Your EVO Elements inherently allow for and show a path of how your are likely to grow over the course of your life—your Core Element is the driving force in your life from early on, while your third and fourth Elements are likely to be the areas you grow and develop as you learn and mature.