Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ)


This instrument examines several aspects of motivation related to learning, such as goal orientation and self-efficacy. This is an excellent tool for mentoring programs that have tutoring aspects or an educational skills component.


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Fees and Requirements

None noted.

Age Range

General youth, although it may be most useful with middle or high school students.

How to Administer and score

Pencil and paper self-report. The instrument offers 44 questions, each to be rated on a 7-point scale (“1= not at all true of me” to “7=very true of me”).


Pintrich, P.R., Smith, D.A., Garcia, T., & McKeachie W.J. (1991). A manual for the use of the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ). National Center for Research to Improve Postsecondary Teaching and Learning. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.

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