Incomplete Sentence Test
The Rotter Incomplete Sentence Test
The Rotter Incomplete Sentence test is a projective
test where you are given a series of incomplete sentences that you are supposed to finish.
By grouping and evaluating the responses an evaluator can make some judgments
psychological state of mind. This test, originally developed in 1950, is widely used in a
variety of evaluations. There are many variations on this kind of test, with some tests
specifically geared toward testing sex offenders and other behaviorally dysfunctional
The Rotter Incomplete Sentence test typically has 40 questions that you are required to
complete. The first 25 questions of the standard Rotter test are shown below, with some
sample responses following the sentence "stems".
Keep in mind that the sample responses shown are just examples, no claim is made that
these are the "best possible" (read: "healthy") responses. The
responses shown were not scored, so their ranking and acceptability are unknown.
Nonetheless, they should be able to serve as an example of the kind of responses
that could reasonably be expected.
Generally, you want to give neutral or slightly positive completion sentences, but not
overly positive or optimistic responses and certainly no clearly "negative"
It is considered acceptable to allude to current stresses in your life, but not
to the point of excluding positive responses to all of the sentences.
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Sentence Completion Stems:
1. I feel . . .hopeful about most things.
2. I regret . . .not being able to communicate with my ex-wife
3. Other people . . .are usually fair and honest.
4. I am best when . . .I'm at home with my family.
5. What bothers me is . . .the thought of losing contact with my children.
6. The happiest time . . .is when I'm spending time with my children.
7. I am afraid of . . .being separated from my children.
8. My father . . .is (or was) someone I can always talk to about things.
9. I dislike to . . .argue with my wife.
10. I failed . . .to understand my wife's needs.
11. At home . . .is one of the places I like best.
12. Boys . . .can be a challenge to keep up with!
13. My mother . . .always took care of her family.
14. I suffer . . .from trying too hard sometimes.
15. The future . . .seems uncertain right now.
16. Other kids . . .were my best friends when I was young.
17. My nerves are . . .somewhat unsettled lately.
18. Girls . . .were a mystery to me in High School.
19. My greatest worry is . . .not being able to see my kids.
20. School . . .was mostly fun for me.
21. I need . . .to see my children grow and succeed in life.
22. What pains me is . . .the failure of my marriage.
23. I hate . . .having this all conflict with my ex-wife.
24. I wish . . .that things had worked out in my marriage.
25. Whenever I have to study, I . . .like to find a quiet place.
Hopefully, you get the idea. Keep your responses "'middle of the road", don't
express any intense hate or dislike.
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