Personality testing refers to techniques that are used to accurately and consistently measure personality.
Personality is something that we informally assess and describe every day. When we talk about ourselves and others, we frequently refer to different characteristics of an individual's personality. Psychologists do much the same thing when they assess personality but on a much more systematic and scientific level.
Personality tests are also sometimes used in forensic settings to conduct risk assessments, establish competence and in child custody disputes.
There are two basic types of personality tests: self-report inventories and projective tests.