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C.I.T.E. Learning Styles Instrument (FREE)
Babich, A.M., Burdine, P., Albright, L., & Randol, P. ( 1976)
Wichita, KS: Murdoch Teachers Center. Republished 2003 by WVABE.

Center for Innovative Teaching Experiences C.I.T.E.
Learning Styles Instrument
helps educators determine their students’
learning styles. Students rate themselves on 45 items, total their score,
and come up with a major and minor learning style. Descriptions of each
learning style are given to help understand a student’s preferred
mode of learning. This is also a great tool for teachers to know the
major learning styles of their students. FREE.

  1. brindellhotmail-com says:

    I found the CITE Learning Styles Instrument to be a very easy instrument to administer and score.  I liked how the instrument is very student oriented – the student must rate each statement on a 4 point rating scale.  They do not have the option of stating I do not like or do not know – they are forced to make a choice. 


    The definitions and teaching techniques of the learning styles was beneficial.   It defines the learning styles and while it may seem simple, clearly states how the student may learn best.  It allows the students to take the basic knowledge of how they learn best with them.  This knowledge can be applied to their lives in education and employment.  The teaching techniques also state how to provide the information to the student and gives multiple suggestions for each learning style.  This instrument is easy to understand, administer, score and implement the recommended techniques.   

  2. ramarlowmnu-edu says:

    Although this assessment is not directly related to transition services, I believe that the information gathered from this assessment is beneficial when going through the transitional educational process.  I really liked the Likert scale format and how it considers that a student may have a specific learning style or multiple learning styles that impact his or her learning abilities. I also liked that the student learning style are arranged in an order that may attribute to his or her success.  The categories include major learning style, minor learning style, and negligible use.  This information is an excellent tool when identifying learning styles as well as identifying teaching strategies that could be implemented to maximize student effectiveness.  Additionally, this assessment is relevant for all students and can allow us as educators individualize instruction to fully equip our students with the skills needed to be successful.

  3. leahmggmail-com says:


    This informal assessment clearly asks the student to think about the way in which they learn.  It includes a Likert scale that goes from 1-4, so the student is forced to lean one way or the other.  I appreciate that the questions are clear and concise, so it is accessible to struggling readers. 

  4. mlouismnu-edu says:

    I like how this informal assessment came with a Likert scale.  It seems very simple and something that can be done very easily in a busy school day as a data collection tool.  It does an excellent job covering learning styles that will helpt the transition team best help the student moving forward.  It is also a great tool for ongoing assessment, and case managers can use this in their evaluations of students in a relevant and meaningful way.

  5. khirthmnu-edu says:

    This appears to be a informal assessment, that students can take on thier own without teacher admistering.  While it would be good for students who could do this style of assessment and its allows students to express personal prefrences about different questions.  THe issue I have with the assessment is that to me is looks like something that while it can be used for student prefrences/ choices to me it does not go into some different areas that would prove it more valuable over a variety of concepts and questions/

  6. sfischerknobnoster-k12-mo-us says:

    I completed the C.I.T.E. and there was no Major Learning Style identified for my scores. All of my scores where in the Minor Learning Style section. My scores ranged from 32 to 22.  My score of 32 was in the area of visual learner learning style, and I would have to agree with this score.  My lowest score of 22 was in the area of Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic learning style, and I would also have to agree with this score too.  I do like the way the assessment is set-up.  I especially like the way the assessment provides definitions of the learning styles and the teaching techniques for each learning style.  I find this assessment to be a great resource for teachers and students alike. 

    One of my concerns with this assessment is students correctly scoring the questions by understanding the rating scale provided. Another concern is students transferring their scores to the scoring sheet and correctly adding their scores. I feel this assessment would be a little confusing for some of my students, which may result in incorrect information.

  7. jwehrli-wehrligmail-com says:

    This assessment would be more informal.  It gives teachers more of an overview to understand the student.  It's a survey to that is student friendly so they understand what they are answering.  I like this from a teacher point of view, a survey I would use for all of my students to get an idea of how they learn.

  8. kchomablaineschools-org says:

    There are a few things that I really like about the CITE as a transition assessment tool. First of all, I like that it is free and easy to access. In this economy, every special education department is pinching pennies and every special education teacher is lacking time. I also like that it is easy to use and easy to score. Although this assessment isn't meant to be super in-depth, it is a quick and easy tool for students to take, use, and understand. It is also a great tool to share with general education teachers and workplace employers, to help others understand student needs.

  9. lisa_warnerisdschools-org says:

    The C.I.T.E Learning Styles Instrument is easy to administer and can be give to an individual or large group. It is simple to score and interpret. I feel the information obtain can be used 3 ways:

    1. It provides information for the student to know more about themselves and how they learn best.
    2. It provides valuable information for teachers to plan activities/instuction that match a students preferred learning style.
    3. Information about a students learning styles can assist an IEP team in choosing classroom accommodations that compliment a students learning style.

    I would recommend this assessment for special education teachers to use, as well as, general education teachers.

  10. dgrimmmvr3-k12-mo-us says:

    I loved this assessment.

    Although, up front, it does not appear as a transition assessment per say, by identifying the student’s learning style, we can provide them with great insight and assistance while going through the transitional (pre and post) educational process.

    The identification of the student’s learning style, gives both the student as well as the teacher, a good guideline of how the student learns best and can be a great tool to improve the quality of teaching and learning. In addition, this short assessment offers suggestions of teaching techniques for each learning style.

  11. mkerrstcmo-org mkerrstcmo-org says:

    I administered this assessment to my husband and found that it was easy to administer and score. The results of the assessment were right on the mark.

    I really like the teaching suggestions that go with each learning style; these strategies can facilitate effective presentation of instructional materials within the classroom setting to meet the different learning needs. This assessment is also a great way to provide students with insight into their own learning style and assist them with developing learning strategies and study skills that match their learning styles. This is especially true for students who are transitioning into college or vocational schools. For students who are transitioning into employment this assessment could be helpful with developing training strategies and effective learning accommodations within the work setting.

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