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assessmentListening Assessment Version 2 Beta Test

Thank you for your participation in this study, which is being conducted in partnership with researchers in the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Mississippi and has been approved by the appropriate institutional review board.

This survey includes 22 questions which should take 15 minutes or less to complete.  The purpose of the study is to understand individual differences in listening tendencies and predispositions.  All of your answers are confidential; your data will be aggregated with others’ to generate a profile of listening among the general population. You must be 18 years of age or older to complete this survey. By continuing on, you are giving your consent to participate in this study.

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  • Instructions

    Drag the answers in order from more true to less true. For each question, there will be four statements. As the diagram shows, you will need to drag them in order of "More True" to "Less True," as they relate to HOW YOU WOULD RESPOND IN A WORK SETTING. You must respond to all 10 questions and rank all statements. The term 'speaker' refers to anyone talking.

    • focus on the information that is most relevant to the task at hand
    • compare what the speaker is saying against my own knowledge and experience
    • pay attention to interesting ideas
    • attempt to show I'm listening
    (Remember: respond to all questions from the point of view of how you communicate at work)
    • learn more about how the information pertains to me
    • learn more about the speaker
    • learn more about the subject
    • learn facts to determine their accuracy
    • see them as important insights into what the speaker truly feels
    • see them as less important than the ideas being discussed
    • focus on their impact for me
    • see them as less important than the facts being discussed
    • ideas
    • how the information relates to me and my situation
    • facts and data
    • what the interaction means for the speaker and other individuals
    • evaluate the content for validity
    • connect existing ideas and generate new ones
    • provide support and show empathy
    • reflect on personal meaning and application
    • I need to go but I don't want to be rude
    • My next commitment can wait if this topic is interesting
    • Could this person please get to the point?
    • This person is impinging on my time
    • seem to talk only about themselves and their issues
    • seem impersonal and disconnected from the audience
    • seem unprepared to present their case/ideas
    • seem to have nothing new or different to say
    • the speaker rambles without giving me the big picture
    • the speaker does not know what he/she is talking about
    • others don't seem to be following along
    • I have the answer already and I am ready to move on
    • tell stories that relate to shared experiences
    • present information in a logical, orderly manner
    • stimulate my thinking
    • ask for my responses and opinions
    • stay focused and listen carefully for verification of information
    • also notice the speaker's tone of voice, enthusiasm, and body language
    • conduct an internal dialogue that focuses on how the information is relevant to me
    • think of new ideas while trying to keep track of what is being said
  • Directions: Questions 11-22

    For the following questions, assess how each statement applies to you by marking your level of agreement/disagreement with each item. Please answer from the point of view of work, i.e., how you typically listen in most work situations.
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